There are a lot of myths out there when it comes to buying a new home. Here is the truth.
A new home is as good as money in the bank. No other investment gives you the financial leverage you gain when you own a new home. Some myths drive home buyers away, so we wanted to clear the air on what is correct, and what is widely incorrect. Here are six myths that we busted to tell you the truth about new homes:
Myth #1: New Homes Are More Expensive than Used Homes
Pretty much any new home can be built to accommodate any budget, so to say a new home is “more expensive” simply is not true. Buyers of new homes have the option to select a wide variety of features within the home. Jagoe Homes provides an array of floor plans that tailor to your specific needs. All of our homes are also built Energy Smart, and include features that are not available in a used home. With being able to have energy-efficient features in a new home, you will be saving in the long run with monthly utility expenses around 30 percent less than a standard new home, and 60 percent less than a used home.
The Owensboro Parade of Homes gives you and your family the opportunity to tour selected Jagoe Homes in this FREE event!
Tour our new neighborhoods, as well as some of our established communities with new sections, and speak with a Jagoe Homes New Home Sales Consultant to begin your journey to home ownership! The Parade of Homes is a great way for you to experience the exceptional quality, innovative interior design, and advancements in building sciences that help to save you thousands on energy costs.
Our recent heat spell has got many of our homeowners wondering what else they can do to keep their homes cool in these scorching summer months, without skyrocketing their energy bills.
A cool home is properly maintained from the ground up by being an Energy Smart Jagoe Home. An energy efficient home just happens to be good for the homeowner’s bank account AND for the environment. Drafty doors and windows, along with poor insulation and inefficient heating and cooling systems, ultimately lead to energy loss. An energy efficient home provides year-round comfort as well as peace of mind, knowing you have contributed directly to reducing carbon and greenhouse emissions now – and for future generations. Just as importantly, homeowners save money weekly, monthly, annually, and throughout the years of owning a Jagoe Home.
However, we wanted to share a few quick fixes to keep our home owners cool & comfortable on a tight budget.
YES…….it really is time to get your lawn ready for spring! Luckily, Old Man Winter wasn’t too hard on us this year, but your lawn is probably still in need of a little tender, loving care. First things first, take a look at your lawn and see what kind of attention it needs. Does it have a few bare spots and problem weeds? Do you need to overseed or start an entirely new lawn? Is your lawn level, or do you need to take care of a few low or high spots?
If your lawn is in fairly good shape, spot seeding or overseeding can repair it in just a few weeks. You can spot seed to mend a bare spot or two. Overseeding spreads seed over an existing lawn to make it fuller. Early spring is the best time for overseeding.
Next, prepare your lawn for seeding with these simple steps. Whether you’ll be spot seeding and overseeding, or starting over with a new lawn, take the time to get your landscape ready before you start spreading seed.
Minimize what you’ll owe and maximize what you’ll get back at tax time by reviewing these often overlooked real estate tax breaks.
Like clockwork, at the beginning of each new year, it seems that folks start making plans to either buy a home, move up or downsize, or simply spruce up and upgrade their current home as part of a New Year’s resolution. And then, of course, there’s tax season. Prep work begins as soon as those big envelopes start arriving in the mail, containing an assortment of tax forms — documenting everything from what we earned last year to what we paid out for mortgage interest.
The first step is to make sure you’re not actually missing any tax deductions and breaks. The tax code is 4 million words and more than 70,000 pages long. But here’s a dirty little secret: most Americans tap into fewer than 15 pages of it.
To ensure you’re not missing out on anything you’re due, consider these three real estate–related tax breaks that are often missed, overlooked, and underused.
State and Local Tax Breaks for Green Home Improvements
As the recession recovery made its way into full swing back in 2013, many renters and current homeowners began embarking down a path of buying homes that are energy efficient for a variety of reasons, including cash savings on utility bills. Many of those improvements are eligible for state, county, and/or city tax credits — or tax breaks. If you’ve installed low-E windows, insulation, low-flow plumbing appliances, tankless water heaters, or solar panels last year, dig up your receipts. Trust us, it’s worth the time.
While others are tipping back the eggnog and celebrating the holidays, you should be buying a home.
Purchasing a new home around the holidays is not typical. However, with low buyer competition, motivated sellers, and year-end tax benefits, you may want to consider canceling those holiday plans and high-tailing it to some open houses in your area.
If you’re in the market, and wondering about when to buy a home, take note of these seven benefits and then get in touch with your Jagoe Homes New Home Sales Consultant in your area. The holidays just might be the most wonderful time of year… to be house hunting!
Outrageous Year End Sale
The month of December is known for frantic shopping and attending countless holiday parties, but not for purchasing a home — and this can work in your favor. With fewer buyers in the marketplace, the available homes for sale are priced to sell. Plus, with fewer fish in the sea, there’s less likelihood of multiple offers and escalator clauses.
It’s that time of the year to prepare your home for winter! Give your home a one-over and tend to winter preparation tasks and repairs. Getting the exterior of the home ready for the cold winds, snow, and ice is critical for keeping Old Man Winter out and keeping it warm and toasty inside. By being proactive, you’ll lower your energy bills, increase the efficiency and lifespan of your home’s components, and make your property safer.
Windows and Doors
- Check all of the weatherstripping around windows and door frames for leaks to prevent heat loss. Replace weatherstripping, if necessary.
- Replace all screen doors with storm doors.
- Replace all window screens with storm windows.
- Examine wooden window frames for signs of rot or decay. Repair or replace framing to maintain structural integrity.
- Check for drafts around windows and doors. Caulk inside and out, where necessary, to keep heat from escaping.
- Inspect windows for cracks, broken glass, or gaps. Repair or replace, if needed.
Quick Tips: Getting Your Home Ready for Fall
It’s that time of the year again where we need to start thinking about how to prepare our homes for the cooler months ahead. Soon, the leaves will begin to fall and we will, once again, be doing more with our lawns than simply trimming the grass and tending to the flowers. As the seasons change, so do our activities and home needs. This a good time to do some seasonal maintenance to keep your home running smoothly. The weather can change quickly, especially since we live in a colder climate. You don’t want to be caught off-guard! A bit of attention now will save you from costly repairs and aggravation later.
Sometimes late-season wintry weather is just as severe as it is unpredictable. Don’t put away the snow shovels just yet! We could see even MORE snow later on this week, and your home still needs to be prepared for these below-zero temperatures to prevent any and all disasters. Here are some helpful tips to winterize your home through this season’s final freeze.
Clear the driveway: It can be difficult and damaging to prevent snow and ice from adhering to driveways and walkways. First of all, it’s good to have your concrete or asphalt clear of any debris, like leaves and twigs, before the snow falls. This will make shoveling much easier. A plastic-bladed shovel is the way to go for places that you can’t use a snow blower; the plastic is much lighter and doesn’t scratch the surface. You can purchase these at Home Depot and Lowe’s. Try not to use salt on your driveway because it eats away at the surface of your concrete and asphalt. You can use kitty litter as a good alternative for more traction. It will also actively melt the ice.