Saturday, December 28, 2013

15 Spring Bok Ln. Thomasville, GA - A True Top Quality Remodeled With Green Features.

1st GREEN remodel, attractive brick home.Open floor plan 3BR/2BA, 1 bonus rm 4th bdrm & 1 add'l bonus reading rm, GR w/breath taking 18'ceilings w/crown moldings, natural wood burning fireplace, DR w/gorgeous large dbl pane windows w/spectacular 20' ceilings, tiled bathrooms & kitchen w/all appliances, laundry rm, walk-in-pantry, large breakfast area w/large fenced backyard w/lake views.Large master suite features 10' trey ceilings.Master on-suite his/hers walk-in-closets, & sink area, large shower w/jetted Whirlpool tub.Eco-friendly bamboo flrs in foyer, GR & DRm. New roof w/premium material installed in 2011, 4 ton A/C & water heater in 2012.SOLID GRANITE SLAB countertops throughout, green certified forestry custom wood cabinets w/smart stop cabinet doors, drawers & sliding shelves. Watersense fixtures and a new wood back deck for gatherings.Eco-friendly features are not considered in price.Seller holds Realtor Lic. Eligible for 100% USDA Financing.

202 Stallion Cir at Summer Gln. Thomasville, GA - Another Custom Green Smart Home


Thursday, December 26, 2013

Working With a Dual Agency: What You Need to Know - Georgia is a dual Agency State

With a housing market favoring sellers, buyers are resorting to different tactics to get their offer accepted.
Home sales and prices have been on a steady increase over the last few months as the market remains on a stable path of recovery, but low inventory in some markets have created stiff competition—with some areas reporting bidding wars.
To help compete, some buyers are incentivizing agents by offering them the opportunity to represent them as well as the seller. Under these circumstances, dual agents get the full commission as both buyer and seller.
 “One of the best ways to convince the listing agent to take a somewhat- less qualified offer is to let them represent you and give them the commission as well,” says Eric Tan, a RedFin listing agent in Los Angeles. “A lot of buyers are catching on to this.”
In certain real estate markets around the country, inventory is tight and houses are selling above market price. On top of that, foreign investors are jumping into the market and making all-cash offers. If buyers can lure the real estate agent into their corner, experts say the commission potential could help them win a home—even if they don’t have the best offer.  
While it could work in winning a home, working with a dual agent or agency may not always be in the best interest of both the buyer and the seller. After all, if the real estate broker is representing both the buyer and the seller, each party will never fully know whose corner the agent is actually in. 
“In very rare circumstance the dual agency makes sense,” says Tan. “We’ve done a lot of market research and according to the data, on average you lose about $5,000 in the sale of a home when you use a dual agency.”  Even though buyers are losing money, RedFin’s survey, which was conducted last year, found that one in 10 homes in the U.S. are sold by a dual real estate agency.
Although real estate agents are required by law to disclose if they represent both the buyer and the seller, but often that disclosure isn’t so black and white. Every state has its own laws regarding dual agencies according to John Murphy, a realtor in Plymouth, Minn., and that buyers and sellers will often run into dual agencies when dealing with big brokerage firms.
“Real estate is a very entrepreneurial environment and is perfect for small brokers. There are many that are out there, but there also continues to be consolidation like we see in many other industries where the big brokers continue to get bigger and bigger,” says Murphy.  “It's in the big broker environment where you run in to dual agency situations.”
Even in situations where the dual agent is disclosed, home buyers aren’t necessarily informed on what this means. Murphy says he sees a lot of dual listings with new construction sales since most buyers are so focused on purchasing a home and will make sacrifices.
In Minnesota, Murphy says dual agents would go from fully representing one party to having limits placed on the representation of both. For example, agents aren’t allowed to argue to benefit one party over the other. “It is like a boxing match where we would move from being the coach in the corner giving explicit guidance, direction and coaching to our boxing client to becoming the referee where we have to remain impartial, says Murphy. “ I don't think real estate consumers fully understand this aspect of real estate.”
Going with a dual agent arrangement makes  a lot of  sense for buyers looking for an edge, but in a normal real estate market, critics advise homebuyers to avoid that situation if at all possible.
“In today’s market, where the dual agency method can get the property it’s tough to avoid the dual agency but it really does harm the system,” says Tan.  “You jeopardize the rights of the buyer and the seller. You’ll never know if you really got a good deal.”

Capital Home Builders is Building to a Higher Standard!

We are focused on high quality built homes not square footage!
Capital Home Builders Designated as a RESNET Energy Smart Homes Builder for Committing to Build Energy Efficient Homes and Marketing Their Homes HERS Index Score

ThomasvilleGeorgia based home builder Capital Home Builders has entered into an agreement with the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) to provide new home buyers an important measurement of long-term energy performance of each new home the company builds.  The intent of the agreement is to raise consumers’ knowledge of new home energy performance by using RESNET’s HERS Index.  Use of the HERS Index will differentiate homes built by Capital Home Builders from other homes for sale in the Thomas County housing
Capital Home Builders is custom energy efficient home builder. The company was the first homebuilder to acquire the ENERGY STAR designation in South Georgia.  For more information on the company visit their web site at

The RESNET HERS Index is the industry standard by which a home’s energy efficiency is measured. The HERS or Home Energy Rating System was developed by RESNET and is the nationally recognized system for inspecting and calculating a home’s energy performance. Certified RESNET Home Energy Raters conduct inspections to verify a home’s energy performance and determine what improvements can be made to increase it. For more information go to

Izzy of Capital Home Builders, said RESNET’s HERS provides a quantitative measure of energy efficiency and permits comparisons between homes.   “It is expected that Capital Home Builders’ agreement with RESNET will serve as a model to other local and regional builders that would have positive outcomes for consumers and the new home industry,”

Steve Baden, executive director of RESNET lauded Capital Home Builders’ leadership for improving the energy performance of new homes.  “Today’s new homes are much more efficient in comparison to homes built just a decade ago.  These homes are more affordable to maintain, comfortable and have a higher value.  Thanks to leaders like Capital Home Builders, builders are increasing the energy performance of the homes they build.  This is good for consumers, the environment, the local economy and our national security.  It is great to have such a quality builder like Capital Home Builders educating homebuyers on the RESNET HERS Index.”
RESNET EnergySmart Builder
In making the commitment Capital Home Builders has been designated by RESNET as an RESNET Energy Smart Builder. RESNET Energy Smart Builders are leading the transformation of the housing towards high energy performance homes. These leading builders are committed to having all of their homes energy rated following RESNET’s stringent standards and marketing their homes HERS Index Score.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

How to Identify a High Energy Performance Home

Capital Home Builders is the only and first custom and energy smart home builder in South Georgia. Our homes come with more features then any other home built in Georgia and South Georgia. We are also the only builder offering Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Rated homes. We are the only builder with Residential Energy Guarantee. We will guarantee your electrical bill for Two Years and if you go over we will pay you back the difference. NO other builder in South Georgia will stand behind their homes like we do. We do not believe in building to minimum code and our homes are proof of that. You may pay 5% to 10% more for a High-Performance home, but with all of the energy savings you will make it back the first 2 years. 

So you’re looking to buy a new home…but not just any home. You want one that’s easy on the environment and uses less energy. A comfortable home that saves you money while reducing your carbon footprint.
In other words, what you want is a high energy performance home.
But how do you know when you’ve found one? I mean, how can you tell if the house you’re viewing is actually a high energy performance home? Is there a way to differentiate between a home that’s energy efficient from one that’s not?
Luckily there is and increasing numbers of builders are using it to market energy efficient homes. It’s called a HERS Index score and hopefully one day soon every house will have one.

Energy Performance and the HERS Index Score

So what is a HERS Index score anyway? The home energy rating system (HERS) was developed by RESNET to help homebuyers compare homes based on their energy performance. For example, when a certified RESNET Home Energy Rater does a home energy rating, they’ll give the home a HERS Index score based on its energy performance.

A standard new American construction home that adheres to current energy guidelines is awarded a default HERS Index score of 100, which serves as a benchmark against which all other homes are measured. A higher HERS Index score translates into a less energy efficient home, and vice-versa. A typical American resale home scores 130 on the HERS Index, making it 30% less energy efficient than a new construction home. On the other hand, if a house gets a HERS Index score of 50, it means that it’s 50% more energy efficient than a standard new construction home. And in Thomasville, GA. a typical new home has a score of 130.

Why the HERS Index Score is Important to Builders

Thanks to the HERS Index and HERS Index scores, for the first time homebuyers can actually get an true understanding about how energy efficient a home really is. This naturally changes the way people are viewing homes they’re interested in and builders have been quick to understand that. Consequently, many are now actively marketing their homes using HERS Index scores to advertise potential savings that homebuyers could enjoy when purchasing a high energy performance home.
In addition to this, utility companies too are jumping on the bandwagon by offering builders rebates on energy costs based on their homes’ HERS Index scores. In fact, LG&E and KU Energy, a utility company based in Louisville, Kentucky, recently had their Energy-Saving New Homes Program recognized as a RESNET Energy Smart Program. The program rewards enrolled builders with rebates based on the HERS Index scores of their houses. For example, single family dwellings with HERS Index scores of 85 are eligible for a rebate of $440, and it increases up to $1,200 for homes that score 50 or lower. LG&E and KU Energy are the first utility in the U.S. to earn this designation from RESNET.

What Does All This Mean to Homebuyers?

Thanks to increased efforts and awareness, it’s now getting easier for homebuyers to identify and buy high energy performance homes. As the popularity of HERS Index scores continues to grow, and with builders actively promoting energy efficient homes via their scores, the future is starting to look a little…well…greener than it once did!