Friday, May 26, 2006
Asheville real estate is "ECOconscious"...
Here in Asheville, N.C. "Smart Growth" is a popular concept.
You can see manifestations of the idea almost everywhere you look.
Proponents of smart growth advocate :
1. well-designed cities that preserve their cultural roots,
2. are close to schools and jobs,
3. have ample recreational outlets,
4. and respect the environment.
contact...smartG@janeAnne.com for details.
YOU can find an opportunity like this one pictured here)
and help in the stewardship of this fine old city
Ask about this example:
Asweet 1920's farmhouse-style home
ready for TLC and just minutes
from Asheville's cultural center
Thursday, May 25, 2006
Smart growth never makes more sense
than when economic times are tough:
Efficient development saves taxpayers money
and makes it possible
for households to spend less on transportation.
This page demonstrates the tax benefits
of well-designed communities and explains,
in particular, How Smart Growth Strengthens Regional Economies.
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
TAX BREAK S *** and incentives
Asheville area homeowners and builders are now getting federal tax breaks
for trimming their energy costs under provisions of the Energy Policy Act of 2005,
which took effect January 1,2006.
Residential buildings could be eligible for the following:• $2,000 for builders of new energy-efficient certified homes• $2,000 for solar water heaters• $500 for certain home improvements• $200 for new windows• $300 for new water heaters, air conditioners and heat pumps• $50 for furnace blowers• $150 for furnaces and boilers• $50-$200 for energy efficient refrigerators, clothes washers and dishwashers
MORE INFO from the Tax Incentives Assistance Project (TIAP)
Here are links to useful information form TIAP. This organization, sponsored by a coalition of public interest nonprofit groups, government agencies, and other organizations in the energy efficiency field offer further information.
It is designed to give consumers and businesses information they need to make use of the federal income tax incentives for energy efficient products and technologies passed by Congress as part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005.
New- IRS released tax credit “Guidance Notices” for existing homes, new homes and new manufactured housing on February 21
New- Frequently Asked Questions
New- Updated Information on Vehicle Incentives
In the Greater Asheville area including Buncombe and Madison Counties and the Pisgah Forest region you will find a number of knowledgeable community partners interested in sustainable communities, voluntary simplicity, and the all-important energy efficiency. Look here for a huge list of resources:
Wednesday, May 03, 2006
Asheville REALTORS® Show Responsible Leadership
Through ‘Green’ Building and Land Stewardship Advocacy
What's happening these days in Asheville real estate?
The Asheville, N.C. Board of REALTORS has decided that the time has come to take a look at the popular environmentllay-sensitive market. It began its “ECO Agent” program. In less than a year over 200 REALTORS® have taken steps toward their ECO certification, with 10 members of the Asheville Board earning the ECO Designation including our own janeAnne Narrin.
janeAnne is a charter member of the ECO TASK FORCE who conceived and developed the ECO Agent Program.
Under the program, REALTORS® earn certification by taking a four-hour course, an intensive two-day seminar (16 hours) and electives 16 elective hours. (36 hours in all). Electives may include courses specifically designed for REALTORS® by faculty at Warren Wilson College Environmental Leadership Center (ELC) where raising awareness of local, national and global environmental realities and inspiring caring citizens - to reflect, to communicate, and to act as responsible caretakers of the earth is a strong motivator. In fact, the ELC has just completed a series of four statewide forums that brought together business and civic leaders statewide to discuss the challenges and the responsibilities of taking steps now to insure a healthy and prosperous North Carolina for future generations
CONGRATULATIONS TO janeAnne and to the Asheville Board for recognizing the significance of sustainable community and public demand.
janeAnne..once again you have shown us that you are a little different in a "good" way.####
Asheville Real Estate Journal