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From all of us at Revolution Homes, may you have a safe and Merry Christmas!
‘Tis the season to be jolly! With Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa and all the other holidays that fall during this time of year it is easy to get wrapped in the hoopla. No matter how you celebrate the holidays can turn into madness fast. For many, the holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year. Do you have any idea how many evergreen trees are sold each year in the United States? Did you know there are cities named after festive traditions? Check out this holiday infographic from eReplacement Parts for all the answers and more!
When it’s time to build a custom built home in the Raleigh, Durham, Wake Forest or Chapel Hill areas of North Carolina it’s time to think green building with Revolution Homes.
Revolution Homes is a Certified Green Professional™ builder. We’ll build you an energy efficient home at a reasonable cost. We offer low price solutions to building energy efficient homes. We are Energy Star certified which means our homes include dozens of eco-friendly features you won’t find in traditional homes in the Triangle.
When you’ve made the decision to build a new, energy efficient, custom built home with Revolution Homes we provide you with a unique proposal presentation and packet featuring floor plans, interior design selections, appliance specifications and more. We also include cost-saving recommendations on products and materials to be featured in your new home.
Give us a call at 919-536-2781 to request a consultation with Revolution Homes.
With advancements in smart home technology, there are constantly new features released to automate just about any facet of your home and it can be controlled straight from a keypad. When stripped away from all of these features though, these systems are truly lifestyle management tools. From our findings, of all the various types of home controls on the market, home security systems seem to be the most sought after and discussed. If you take a look in to all of the features of an automated security system, you would be amazed by their capabilities and ease of use. They not only protect your family, but also save time and energy as depicted in this infographic from Home Security Source.
NAHB, 2013 – The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) called on Congress today to take steps to resolve unintended consequences of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Act that are resulting in huge premium spikes for many home owners and impacting the sale, construction and remodeling of homes across the nation.
Testifying before the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Insurance and Housing, Barry Rutenberg, immediate past chairman of NAHB and a home builder from Gainesville, Fla., said a key concern of the law is that it requires properties that had subsidized rates under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to immediately move to the full actuarial risk rate when they are sold or transferred.
“Prospective home buyers fear the higher rates will make their mortgages unaffordable, especially in today’s already tight credit conditions,” said Rutenberg. “We have heard of cases throughout the country where pending sales were canceled at the last minute because of this sharp rate increase.”
Rutenberg added that this not only harms home sales, but also impedes the move-up buyer, who will not be able to sell their current home and move into a newly constructed one.
“Requiring full-risk rates to be paid upon sale or transfer for historically subsidized and previously grandfathered properties will lead to lower property values and hurt many local housing markets at a time when the U.S. housing recovery remains fragile and uneven,” he said.
To resolve some of the costly problems and unanticipated issues resulting from the implementation of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Act, NAHB recommends that Congress take the following steps:
- Delay all rate increases until the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) completes its affordability study, which is required under the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Act and was due to be completed last April. After completion of the study, FEMA will have a better understanding of how rate increases will affect policyholders and be better equipped to provide Congress suggestions on how the NFIP can address affordability issues, said Rutenberg.
- Require FEMA to take into account all flood control structures when mapping. Further, NAHB urges Congress to ensure that FEMA allows for sufficient time and independent vetting of new maps and prohibits rate increases based on incomplete or inaccurate maps.
- Reinstate the higher “substantial improvement” threshold. This refers to the value of remodeling and renovation projects that cause the insurance premium rate increases to kick in. The threshold was lowered from 50 percent 30 percent when the law went into effect. NAHB estimates this lower limit will place up to $8.5 billion in annual remodeling economic activity at risk, as even the simplest of remodeling jobs, like installing new appliances or updating bathrooms or kitchens, could result in many homes reaching the 30 percent threshold and triggering higher premium rates.
- Enable FEMA to continue to allow for flexibility for regional issues and to maintain the current residential “basement exception.” This exception is currently permitted in just 53 communities and allows home owners who require basements for safety and stability reasons to avoid the higher flood insurance rates under the law.
- Delay the premium rate hikes on second homes. Government data shows the median income of households with a second home is a modest $71,344. Many middle class families who own a second home are facing significantly higher premium rates under the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Act. As a result, even if they want to sell their second home, they cannot because the sale would result in a premium price spike for the new owner.
“NAHB is committed to working with this subcommittee and with Congress to find pragmatic solutions that will prevent undue hardship on the recovering housing market, prevent home values from decreasing and make the NFIP stronger and more effective for years to come,” said Rutenberg.
What are people looking for in a modern new home? Traditionally buyers are attracted to modern homes because of the open floor plans and simple, functional design, but that’s not all. Check out this Infographic from H Hudson Homes that illustrates how style and function has changed over the last 50 years and where modern home design is headed in the future.
If you’re thinking about a new home in a Morrisville, North Carolina community that feels like an old fashioned neighborhood then consider Kitt’s Creek as the next place to build your home.
Kitt’s Creek is as close to a small town as you will find in the Triangle and yet it’s part of a thriving business community and job market. In fact, four triangle area towns were named best in state to find a job. Those towns include Apex, Holly Springs, Cary and Wake Forest. You can read more about the study from Nerd Wallet here.
In addition to being a great place to find a job Kitt’s Creek offers some fantastic amenities that you and your family will truly appreciate — including a 3 acre public square, community center with pool, fitness center and full kitchen!
If you’d like to learn more about building your next new home in the family friendly community of Kitt’s Creek in Morrisville, NC please contact Ryan Johnson of Revolution Homes or call 919-536-2781.
Revolution Homes is a premier new home builder in the Raleigh-Durham area. We are proud to be a Certified Green Professional™, building both mid-market custom homes and high-end luxury homes in Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Apex, Morrisville, Wake Forest, Chapel Hill, NC and surrounding areas in the Triangle.