With National Barbecue Month, Cinco de Mayo and Memorial Day all falling in May, there are plenty of reasons to gather together with friends and family to enjoy the great outdoors. A new deck or patio can be the perfect gathering place, adding a new dimension to your yard and creating space that you didn’t even know you had. A well-planned outdoor living space can become a home owner’s backyard getaway, but the wrong deck or patio can end up as unused dead space. Keep the following in mind and… Continue
Added by Home Builders Association of the Grand Traverse Area on June 5, 2009 at 2:00pm —
is one of LandChoices' sponsors
. And it's a beautiful place. Using conservation subdivision design
, what they call "preservation development, a win-win was created for the landowners, developer and the community. And the farm stayed!
Added by Kirt Manecke, Smile book on June 5, 2009 at 8:00am —
The housing market is currently in a cyclical downturn, and conditions are ideal to purchase a home, especially for first-time buyers. Here's why:
Interest rates are at historical lows
Home prices have decreased
There is a large inventory of homes on the market to choose from
An $8,000 tax credit is available to qualified first-time buyers who purchase before Nov. 30, 2009. Find out more
Some states are offering special short-term tax… Continue
Added by Home Builders Association of the Grand Traverse Area on June 4, 2009 at 2:00pm —
Full moon's a comin'.
I'll be ready.
No more Weekend Warrior for this gal.
day is an opportunity.…
Added by Sherry Sutherby on June 4, 2009 at 6:30am —
Suttons Bay Traverse City State Bank 93 W 4th Street
Elk Rapids Wooden Hammer, Ltd 11600 US-31 South
Glen Arbor The Sportsman Shop 5914 S Manitou Blvd
Traverse City Brown Lumber Company 1701 South Airport
Traverse City Floor Covering Brokers 1794 Barlow
Traverse City Home Builders Association 3040 Sunset Lane
Traverse City Larry's Pool & Spa, Inc. 1238 South Garfield Avenue
Traverse City Pure Water Works 1040 South Garfield Avenue
Traverse City TBA… Continue
Added by Home Builders Association of the Grand Traverse Area on June 3, 2009 at 4:36pm —
As a long-term investment, homeownership is still one of the best investments for individual households.
“Why” you may ask? After all, the headlines say the housing market is down and out, with defaults rising at an alarming rate, and mortgage markets so frozen that buyers can’t get a home loan at any price.
What buyers need to realize is that housing markets, like all markets, inevitably have their ups and downs. And homeownership has a track record that is virtually… Continue
Added by Home Builders Association of the Grand Traverse Area on June 3, 2009 at 2:00pm —
Contact: Liz Boyd 517-335-6397
May 29, 2009
In radio address, governor says we can no longer depend on industries that once were our bedrock
LANSING - In her weekly radio address, Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today said that Michigan's ongoing efforts in fostering the alternative energy sector and a green economy are… Continue
Added by Home Builders Association of the Grand Traverse Area on June 2, 2009 at 1:18pm —
My Mom is a fervent Detroit Tigers fan. My whole family loves the Tigers, but my mom is the only one that has the Maglio Ordonez hat with the curly hair attached. Fans know that the Tigers seem to run out of steam a little bit in the 6th inning and that’s when the crowd turns their hats inside out and flips the bill up and starts waving the Rally Monkey. Sometimes the Tigers rally and sometimes they don’t but Mom is always certain that they’ll pull it off.
As you must have read,… Continue
Added by Manistee Chamber on June 1, 2009 at 2:30pm —
Glik’s in downtown Manistee carries the “Life is Good” line of t-shirts and hats, including one that says “Not all who wander are lost” and I have to say that just doesn’t apply to me. If I’m wandering, it’s a pretty safe bet that I’m lost.
I love a good map - not MapQuest or a GPS or written directions - I want a map! In the Army, we learned that a map is a visual scale representation of the earth as seen from above and that’s exactly what appeals to me about a map. I like to see where I… Continue
Added by Manistee Chamber on June 1, 2009 at 2:30pm —
In a speech before the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Board of Directors on May 29, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan unveiled new rules that will help spur the housing market by allowing consumers to use the $8,000 first-time home buyer tax credit to help cover the costs of closing on an FHA-insured home.
Added by Home Builders Association of the Grand Traverse Area on June 1, 2009 at 2:16pm —
WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- Question: Is installation of a gas tankless water heater (to replace a storage-tank water heater) tax-credit approved under the economic stimulus package singed by President Obama in February?
Question: Is that $1,500 lifetime ceiling for each item under the tax credits for energy efficient home improvements? In other words, is it $1,500 each for the windows, solar panels and tankless water heaters, or is… Continue
Added by Home Builders Association of the Grand Traverse Area on May 31, 2009 at 11:30am —
The following article was written by Erin Fanning, an accomplished outdoor athlete, author and Regional Representative for Presque Isle County at the Top of Michigan Trails Council. You can catch up with Erin on her website at www.erinfanning.com.
About 80 people of all ages gathered at the 40 Mile Point Lighthouse on Saturday, May 23, 2009, for the dedication of the 2.5-mile extension of Rogers City’s… Continue
Added by Tom Stanley on May 30, 2009 at 3:12pm —
There are different kind of communities.
We are fortunate to belong to both.…
Added by Sherry Sutherby on May 30, 2009 at 2:00pm —
Plan for performance as well as looks when making homes glow
High-performance lighting - lighting that's efficient and relates well to the design of the house - helps make homes look better, helps with visual tasks and also can reduce the home's energy use.
However, don't expect to simply install energy-efficient fixtures and save bundles in energy costs - the biggest energy savings come as part of an effort to improve the… Continue
Added by Home Builders Association of the Grand Traverse Area on May 30, 2009 at 11:00am —
WASHINGTON, May 29 - In a speech before the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Board of Directors, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan today unveiled new rules that will help spur the housing market by allowing consumers to use the $8,000 first-time home buyer tax credit to help cover the costs of closing on an FHA-insured home.
"We believe this is a real win for everyone," said Donovan. "Today, the Obama Administration is taking another important step toward accelerating the… Continue
Added by Home Builders Association of the Grand Traverse Area on May 29, 2009 at 1:03pm —
Eric Hughes of Image Designs LLC recently told me about a home he designed in Paw Paw, Michigan, that is proving that all the energy a home needs can come from the sun—even in Michigan. In fact, when the sun really starts shining in Michigan this summer, the owners expect to be making more energy than they need in which case they'll be able to sell it back to their electric company—called net metering. Hughes calls the house the Net-Zero Home.
Our readers might remember that we wrote… Continue
Added by Elizabeth Edwards on May 29, 2009 at 12:41pm —
What design features does the 50-plus custom-home buyer want? Our list includes everything from universal design to outdoor living rooms, pet-care stations and dazzling water features.
Older custom-home buyers love the idea of an outdoor kitchen that outshines their neighbor’s. This one has it all: a large prep space, a flat-screen TV, comfortable seating and magnificent views captured through a series of stone arches. The sloped wood-beam ceiling protects expensive appliances and… Continue
Added by Home Builders Association of the Grand Traverse Area on May 29, 2009 at 11:29am —
I had the occasion to hear Eric Baker, CEO of Wolverine Power, speak recently about the company's plans to build a coal-fired power plant in Rogers City, on the Lake Huron shore. Given the debate over global warming today, it's no surprise that the plant is controversial--adamantly opposed by most in the environmental community because of its CO2 emissions; supported by people in the power industry who feel Michigan will need the plain reliability that coal brings to the state's electrical grid… Continue
Added by Jeff Smith on May 29, 2009 at 7:30am —
I'm going off the conservation subdivison
Wind turbines provide one possible funding source for landowners looking for ways to conserve land
that also offer a monetary benefit. And wind energy is important to our energy independence. But wind turbines can be really ugly on a rural landscape.
In the article “Wind turbines are green, but their… Continue
Added by Kirt Manecke, Smile book on May 27, 2009 at 9:00pm —