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Tom Greenawalt

Tom is a Licensed Builder in the State of Florida. He has been in the construction industry for 35 years building new homes in Pittsburgh, Washington DC, and Chicago before moving to Central Florida. The majority of Tom's career has on detached housing for entry level and first time move up buyers. He was with Maronda Homes for over 15 years.

Mortgage Deduction – Loophole for the Homeowner or Boondoggle for the Politician

Google I read in the Wall Street Journal recently that the White House is considering of removing the Mortgage Deduction on Primary Homes.  Given the shortage of revenue Washington finds itself in this seems like a great way to raise revenue without risking the possible backlash for Raising Taxes.  A ...

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Are Residential Solar Rooftop Units the Future or Fad?

Installing Photo Voltaic Panels (solar cells) on the roof of a home here is Florida seems like a great idea.  We have plenty of Sunshine down here.  We are the Sunshine State after all and the peak electrical energy usage tends to be on Hot Sunny Days.  If you use ...

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Is Wall Street Housings Superhero?

Forbes Magazine reports that Wall Street is purchasing foreclosed homes at a hearty clip.  Billionaires, Private Equity Firms, Hedge Funds all have been  flocking to Americas hardest hit cities and purchasing distressed properties and instead of flipping the homes which would tend to keep housing prices low they are intending ...

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Why Aren’t all Homes Built to Withstand Tornadoes?

Recently I read a new article about Impact-Resistant Wall System for tornado and Hurricane Zones.   It was on Builder Online and written by Dan Morrison.  The article discussed the reasons why all homes aren’t built to resist strong winds where mother nature throws things like tornadoes and hurricanes at homes.  ...

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A Baby Step Toward Recovery

OK you have heard all the “experts” say housing is coming back.  Economists, brokers, Realtors all have been predicting the housing Markets is starting to show signs of life from “it’s good in certain pockets” to “generally the overall market is improving” to ” the inventory of available homes is ...

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Inventories of Existing Homes are Down

The National housing data for February 2013 indicates that the market has tightened for listing inventories.  Although the data shows a month to month increase of 1.15% of the number of homes listed, the median days on the market is down to 98 days, a 9.26% decrease month over month.  ...

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Maronda Homes Florida Includes a Radiant Barrier

In the continual efforts to provide the most cost effective, energy efficient home, Maronda Homes of Florida has decided to add a Radiant Barrier in the attic to reflect radiant heat from the shingled roofs back to outside of the home instead of allowing that heat to radiate into the ...

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Buyers Market – going, going … gone

It’s official, The National Association of Realtors has announced it is now a Sellers Market.  Given the dwindling supply of good quality homes in prime locations buyers are finding it hard to locate a home to purchase whether it’s a new home, existing home, short sale or foreclosure.  Nationally the ...

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