My Last Blog on Counter Top Alternatives to Granite (For Now)

I wanted to finish up this topic with some final options and thoughts on more eco-friendly alternatives to granite countertops. It is important to me as an environmentally conscious real estate professional to educate...

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If Not Granite, What Then? Green Countertop Alternatives

Well the good news this week is that my “granite countertop cop-out” from last week is turning out not to be such a copout after all. If you don’t know what I’m talking about read last week’s blogpost. That condo I’m putting on...

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My Granite Countertop Cop-out

I’m putting a condo on the market for sale.  Although the appliances have been replaced the countertops are still a wood grain laminate.  So my clients agreed to update them.  Here is my dilemma.  Personally I am very much...

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Honoring Earth Day —Easy Ideas for Living More Sustainably

Earth Day 2014.  Frankly the problems that are plaguing the planet as a result of climate disruption will not be solved by the small acts of individuals like you and I, who try to lessen our personal carbon footprint by...

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Earth Day 2014–Get Your Green On

When the first Earth Day happened in 1970 I was a twenty-two year old activist in the Anti-War movement, the Black Power movement and the fledgling Women’s movement.  It would be another five years before I added the...

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Are Homebuyers Really So Fickle?

“Home buyers really don’t care about insulation or expensive windows, “ a Realtor said to me recently.  “They only care about space.  Home sellers can’t expect homebuyers to pay for these things.  They just don’t care about all...

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Bike Friendly Living—For Commuting, Exercise, and Recreation

A couple of weeks ago I got a surprising call from Australia.  The young man who called is moving to the Washington, DC Metro area soon with his family, and was looking for a Realtor who was familiar with bike trails and routes...

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The End Of An Era—The Incandescent Light Bulb Nears Extinction

If you are a Downton Abbey fan you’ll remember that in the first episode the Dowager Countess (played by the venerable Maggie Smith) shielded her eyes from the newly installed electric light bulbs at Downton and refused to have...

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Walkability Is The New Desirability Factor In Home Ownership

I’ve lived in the same general neighborhood since the 90′s and until recently I had to pretty much drive everywhere.  About the only walkable businesses  were a dry cleaners, and a local coffee house that was opened...

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Recycle Your Food (I’m Not Talking About Eating Left Overs)

Many Americans, if not most, do some recycling.  We recycle newspapers, glass, plastic and cans on a regular basis.  Some of us are even conscious of recycling electronic waste.  But I’ll bet you didn’t know that “food is the #1...

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