Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Alternative Energy for Homes

We have been experiencing a rotating power interruption since last month, and I have heard from the news that we will have this annoying issue until the end of this month. But I doubt it, because we are using a hydro power plant, which means, the source of the power plant came from the water or river. I know that the type of house I have can also effect the energy use of my home, and I was glad to find out of the steel building frame of my house to help with my energy consumption. The bad thing is, we are already experiencing the summer time, although summer is supposedly will start by next month. And now, because of this annoying "brownout"; others called it "blackout", my mom wanted to buy a solar power, because the solar energy is produced when the sun shines, and we have lots of sunshine here. I google it on the Internet about solar power and here's what I have found.

Solar energy is produced when the sun shines on photovoltaic panels. These panels hold semiconductors that use the sunlight to generate direct current electricity. Panels are rated in watts, based on the amount of electricity they can produce under ideal sun and temperature conditions. Customers can choose certain panels based on their personal electric demands. Panels are usually mounted on the roof, on steel poles, or on the ground. Local regulations or neighborhood covenants may dictate the location of solar panels. Mounting the panels on the roof requires using the proper supports. It may be necessary to reinforce the roof support to maintain safety and to be in compliance with local building codes. The Web site www.findsolar.com is a helpful resource if you are considering installing a home solar syatem. Beyong explaining monetary savings, the Web site also calculates the amount of greehouse gas, in carbon dioxide equivalents, that will be saved by going solar.

Now, we are waiting for my brother who lives in Canada, because he is our sponsor for having this solar system at home.

Note: Image not mine.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Buying Land In 2016: 3 Trends To Look For

As we look forward to a new year, there are a lot of unanswered questions and areas of intrigue. This year seems to be a crucial year in our nation’s life, as this election could have a significant impact on the health of our nation. Putting politics aside, this year will also play a significant role when it comes to land acquisition.

While the housing and land markets have all made some form of recovery since 2008, it hasn’t been a consistent recovery around the nation. Certain geographic markets have performed vastly better than others while the type of markets have also seen different recovery. New construction has typically fared worse existing inventory. However, the focus today is on purchasing land in 2016 and the trends that are expected.


Farmland could have a crucial 2016. As it currently stands, many farmers are paying extremely high cash rents. According to a recent survey, many farmers are willing to abandon the high cash rents. With that being said, they won’t abandon the farm in 2016. The vast majority expect the cash rents to decrease within the next couple of years. Whether that is truly optimism or actually hope is yet to be seen. A lot of the farmers understand that a short-term loss outweighs the benefit of the long-term success. This is a large factor that keeps them paying the high cash rents. In that same study, a strong 40% of respondents said they will in fact, walk away if the rates are not lowered in 2016. This could shape out as a significant trend in 2016 depending on which was the cash rates go.

Another trend to look for in farmland is the selling and purchasing of higher-quality ground. Bargain lands are no longer at the top of the wish list for buyers. Instead most buyers are looking for quality land. This will create an increase the demand for value in the immediate future and longer term future.

Small farming is also becoming a rising trend, year after year. More and more non-farmers are getting swept up in a consumer craze towards “urban farming” meaning smaller land plots are being sold to a traditionally more residential market.


One trend of 2016 might be stalemates. By this we mean that the actual purchasing of land might be a longer process than anticipated. Professional land sellers understand the market we are in and will fare better because of their knowledge of the market. However, sellers looking to part ways with their land still have a very 2006-2007 mindset. This means that they are looking for pre-recession money for their land, but they simply aren’t going to get it.

On the other hand, buyers are looking for deals. The assumption amongst many buyers is that they should still be bargain shopping for land to develop. Mix that with the pre-recession mindset of the sellers and you have yourself an old-fashioned stalemate. The buyers are more likely to walk away from the deal to see what they come across at a deal.

Land Inventory Increases

Earlier noted was that land purchasers would be looking for higher-quality lands. This is true and one of the trends of 2016. The market as a whole believes there will be an increase in land inventory, however it may not match the wants of the purchaser. The prediction for 2016 is that a number of new farmlands will be introduced into the land market inventory, however they will be low quality. This will drive the prices in the market down but won’t reflect the actual value of the market available.

Regardless this will make the sale of higher-quality properties more challenging. This sort of rounds out the stalemate idea in that some buyers are looking for bargains and will see bargain prices on lower quality lands, yet expect that same bargain price from higher quality lands. A key factor for purchasers, and even sellers, will be distinguishing the lesser quality from the higher quality.

To wrap up, 2016 will prove to be an interesting year for the land acquisition and selling market. Driving factors such as cash rents for farmers, high-quality plots, an understanding of the market, and overall value of the land will play a role in the future of the market.

About the author:

Andrew Fujii is a marketing professional with expertise in digital/web and content marketing. He is also a copywriter for multiple agencies and a contributes to the Michigan Whitetail Properties blog.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016


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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Buying Land vs Buying a House: Pros and Cons

If you are looking to move anytime soon, it is important to know that your option are not limited to just purchasing an existing home. There are actually a few options you have. The first option was just mentioned, you can buy a house. Another option is to buy a lot in a development community where you get to pick your style, upgrades, etc. Additionally, there is the option to purchase land and build your house from scratch. It is actually more cost-effective than one might think.

With any purchase, buying a house or buying land comes with its share of pros and cons. To help you make the right decision, you’ll have to weigh these factors in terms of how important they are to you.

Buying a House

The first pro of buying an existing house, is that it already exists. For some people the idea of having to choose different styles, finishes, and upgrades is actually nerve racking. The home buying process can be stressful as it is, there is no need to pile on the amount of decisions that need to be made. When you purchase a home, the home is already there, and what you see is what you get.

Another benefit of buying a house is the limited wait you have until you can move in. Typically you are only waiting until the closing date. Once the closing is final, you get the keys and can move right in. If you purchase land, you can’t exactly “move in”. Sure you can camp on your land, but if you are intending to build a house, you have to wait for construction to finalize.

This next pro goes along with the first one and that is ease of purchase. When it comes to buying land, there are a lot of factors that can go into your home build. We’re not talking about what color siding to have on the house either. We’re talking about utility construction. Purchasing a home is much simpler in that you already have an established utility system in place.

The first con of purchasing a house should be of no surprise, and that is that the house can be full of surprises. Your home inspection should typically reveal a lot about the inner workings of the house, but it won’t necessarily cover everything. Even a month down the road you can expect surprises. Surprise! Your water heater broke. Surprise! Your A/C unit just failed. Surprise! Your property taxes were just raised. Surprise! You have a family of skunks living under your deck. If you buy a land and build a home, you probably won’t run into many of those issues right off the bat; except for maybe the skunks moving in.

A pro when buying a house is the value typically appreciates, so you can make money if you sell your house five years down the road. This becomes a con when you realize a new home will have a higher relative resale value, simply because it is newer.

Buying Land

One of the pros of buying land is that you can build your house from scratch. The home you build is entirely yours. It can be based off of a model home or it can be completely custom. You literally get to design your home exactly how you want it. This is a luxury that buying an existing home simply can’t match. Existing home homeowners can make all the renovations they want but they do have some constraints. Building a home from scratch only has one constraint, and that is the budget.

Another pro towards buying land is that it can be used for more than just your home. For example, many people who purchase large parcels of land start their own farm which can provide some extra income. Additionally you can create a wind farm to help create electricity. You can also use your land for hunting game such as deer or other wildlife. When you purchase an existing home, you are typically giving up those benefits, especially if it is part of an existing community.

Typically when buying land and build a home, there are no surprises which is another pro. Buying an existing home, as mentioned, can come with loads of surprises. Older homes might contain toxic asbestos. When you build your own home, you shouldn’t have any surprises, at least not in the short term. Any faulty pieces will most likely be covered under a manufacturer’s or home warranty.

One of the biggest cons of purchasing land and building a home, is that it is typically more expensive. You are in essence purchasing the land and then paying a construction team to construct your home. It is sort of like ordering a value meal at a fast food restaurant, but ordering each item in that meal as an individual piece. Purchasing an existing home is like buying the value meal.

Another major con of purchasing land is the complexity of the purchase. First you have to close on the land. Not a huge deal, but it is a process none-the-less. Then you have to work with builders to actually construct your home. You also have to work with local municipalities to ensure that you have working utilities such as water, gas, electricity, and anything else that your home needs. Zoning requirements will probably need to be obtained as well. In short, it can be a huge ordeal in the beginning, but could pay big dividends in the long run.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Kill Pests, Not the Environment

Pest problems can be very annoying and ruin your quality of life. They can also be quite dangerous if the insects that are causing the problem happen to be wasps or bees that can sting people. Mosquitoes can also be extremely dangerous because they have been known to carry the potentially fatal West Nile Virus. Therefore, infestations involving these insects must be taken very seriously and dealt with swiftly. There are many methods that can be used to solve pest problems. Some of these methods have proven to be much more effective than others. Here are some ways for you to find the perfect exterminator for your needs.

1. What type of chemicals do they use?

The problem with many pesticides is that they can cause as much harm to people as they do to insects. Needless to say, it is not a good thing to have a bunch of harmful chemicals in your home that you and your family will be breathing in for many days after the exterminator finishes his job. These same chemicals can also have an adverse impact on the environment. Therefore, many people are now seeking a much safer alternative to the standard chemicals used by exterminators. These pesticides are all-natural and will not pose a threat to people or the environment. Seeking out a pest control company that uses safe pesticides would be a wise decision on your part.

2. Respect for your property

This is a subject that many people overlook when they are hiring a pest control company. In many cases, you will need to allow an exterminator in Tampa to come into your house. This person needs to have respect for your property and take whatever steps are necessary to prevent your possessions from being seriously damaged.

3. What do they specialize in?

There are many pest control companies that only handle infestations by certain types of insects. Certain chemicals and fumigation methods are only effective against specific species of insects. This is why you need to find out if a company has handled infestations like the one you currently have. If not, find out if they can refer you to a pest control company that will be more suited for the job. Hiring a pest control company that has experience dealing with the type of insects that are infesting your home will dramatically increase the odds of a successful extermination.

Are you calamity-ready?

Preparing for the next calamity is something a mom like you should seriously consider. Electricity, cell phones and the internet have always been a part of our daily lives. But what if everything shuts down in the face of natural disaster…what will you do next? That’s why it is key that you and your family know beforehand what to do. Knowing in advance would minimize panic and last minute preparations

But where do you even start? What should you consider first? What supplies should you gather? Questions like these may be popping in your head already. But don’t worry! Listed below are the things you need to know and do before disaster hits.

Calamity Assessment

Determine what type of calamity will most likely occur in your area. For example, if your house is located near the creek, then you’re most likely prone to floods or water overflow triggered by heavy rains. By zeroing in on the possible calamities your area may be prone to, you’ll be able to decide what supplies you’ll need and in what quantity you will need them.

Explore possible shelters

Scout around your area for potential safe houses that you and your family can temporarily run to in case your house gets damaged. Instruct your kids how to go there in the event that you get separated from each other.
Store up supplies
Here’s a rundown of emergency supplies and items that you should regularly keep inside your home.

• Water - Prepare at least 3 supplies of water per person; each person needs to drink at least half a gallon per day.
• Food - Store foods that are convenient and which the whole family can eat. Examples: ready-to-eat canned goods, crackers and biscuits, etc.
• Clothing - Set aside one complete change of warm clothing and shoes per person.
• Medicines
• Batteries
• Candles
• Flashlight and battery-operated radio

Create a Communication Plan

It is important to have a communication strategy among your family members.
Make sure that everyone has a complete list of all contact numbers from personal cell phones to office and school landlines, even contact numbers of places you commonly go to like the gym or a friend’s house. Don’t forget to include the numbers of your local police and fire station.

Don’t forget to stay calm, mom! Remember, panic will not get you anywhere! And your family will need your undivided attention. Just stay cool and execute the plans you’ve discussed as a family. You have prepared for this, so there’s no reason to be frightened. You can do it!