FREE Shredding Event | April 19, 2014 | San Diego

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One Mission Realty is hosting another FREE Shredding Event! (Our 4rd!)

Protect Yourself, Protect the Environment!

Just a few days after Tax Day and a few days before Earth Day!

  • Shredding done by Shred San Diego
    • Materials are ground-up (not strip-cut) on-site, then recycled.
    • Shred San Diego is AAA Certified by NAID and an Accredited Business on the BBB.
    • See ShredSanDiego.com for more information about their company.
  • Paper, staples, CDs, booklets, old prescription bottles…all ok to be shred!

 


WHEN:

Saturday April 19, 2014
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM

WHERE:

In Front of One Mission Realty
928 Ft. Stockton Dr. Ste 217
San Diego, CA 92103
(Our office faces Hawk St – Across from St. Vincent Church & School)

 

Please note:   Although the shredding truck is large, space is available until the shredding truck fills up and will be first come, first served.  Please limit to no more than 10 file boxes of materials.  If you have more, please contact us.  We are unable to guarantee the amount of space in the truck depending on how many people participate.


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Fill out the below form, or simply join our event page on Facebook to confirm attendance.  Don’t worry we won’t spam you or add you to any mailing lists.  We dislike spam just as much as everyone!

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San Diego Holiday House Annual Charity Donation 2013

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One Mission Realty is participating in this years SDAR Holiday House!

If you would like to donate, you  may drop off at our office anytime now through the beginning of December.  Items accepted are: Gift Cards, New Toys, New Clothes, Non-Perishable Food, Household Goods, etc.

Donations will benefit local charities such as:

The Angel’s Depot

It’s All About the Kids

PAWS San Diego

Second Chance

Homefront San Diego

 

 

 

 

Donations may be dropped off at One Mission Realty’s office:

928 Ft. Stockton Dr. Ste #217

San Diego, CA 92103

Please contact us with any questions!

6 Ways To Go Organic in Your Garden

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Organic gardening techniques may help improve the health of your plants. Click the image to read about several ways to go organic in your garden, whether you have a large garden plot or plants in containers. Share this information with any of your family and friends that have a “green thumb.”

Five Ways to Boost Your Credit Score

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A good credit score is, of course, important when buying a home, but your credit score can impact many more avenues of life besides obtaining a loan such as insurance rates, employment, and more.

If you are trying to improve your credit score, here are five tips to keep in mind.  Improving your credit score isn’t something that happens overnight, but these tips can help boost your credit score over time.

If you already have an excellent credit score, these tips are still a great reminder on how to stay on track and keep your score high.

Home Energy Upgrades Loading Order

Home Energy Upgrades Loading Order

When asked, “What is one of the best ways to ‘go green’ and upgrade your home’s energy efficiency?,” many homeowners might answer with, “Install solar panels.”  While solar panels certainly are an excellent technology with the potential to drastically reduce your home’s energy dependence, they are not necessarily the best or first upgrade to consider.

There is a saying among many green energy experts that you have to earn solar.  What this means is that if your home is inefficient in energy use due to old, poor-performing appliances,  lack of proper insulation, or air sealing, then the energy created from solar is going to largely be wasted.

This pyramid diagram is a useful tool to show the loading order of home energy upgrades.  It all begins with the base of the pyramid with an increased general understanding and knowledge.  A homeowner can be educated by having a home energy audit, or by reading about various methods, tools, and practices to help make a home more energy efficient.  From there, the homeowner can move up the pyramid to items that are more complex and/or require more of an investment.  Not every upgrade is going to be appropriate for each home.  This is why it is important to work with experts in home energy efficiency to maximize your specific results.

If you are interested in obtaining a home energy assessment or learning how you might be able to increase your home’s energy efficiency, thereby potentially lowering utility bills, increasing perceived comfort and making your home a more green space, please contact me below.  I would love to help you by being a resource to information!

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FREE Voucher for $400 Off A Home Energy Assessment

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If you are curious to learn your home energy rating, ways to upgrade and improve your home’s energy efficiency, and possibly receive rebates of up to $4,000 for upgrades, then the very first step  is to have a home energy assessment completed.

Currently, through Energy Upgrade California and the California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE), homeowners can receive a voucher for $400 off the cost of a home energy assessment.  This is a great opportunity, especially because as of April 2013, the voucher amount has been increased from $300 to $400.  To obtain a voucher, follow these instructions by using my personalized promo code:

  1. Go to:     www.energycenter.org/voucher
  2. Enter your info and the following promo code:       dged
  3. Follow the instructions to find a participating energy rater.
  4. Print out the voucher, give it to your rater and they will reduce their fee by $400.

Depending on the house, this voucher* could pay for all or most of the assessment cost.  An Energy Rater and the California Center for Sustainable Energy can help with finding rebates for completed upgrades.  Energy upgrades can potentially help improve comfort of the home, save money on utilities, and conserve resources.

Currently, the California Association of REALTORS® also has a separate program for a $250 rebate for the energy assessment if completed within 60 days of the close of escrow.  The great news is these vouchers can be stacked!

What is a Home Energy Rating?

 

If you would like more information or are interested in having an energy assessment of your home, please contact me below.  I would love to assist you by being a resource of information!

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*Vouchers are available in a limited quantity until funds for the program run out, or the program is ended.  Energy Raters are independent parties and set their own prices.  On average, most raters seem to charge between $300 – $600 for a home energy assessment.  In many cases, the voucher amount will cover the majority, or entire cost of the assessment.  The cost is determined by the size of the home and systems in place.

 

 

Rebates Available for Energy Efficient Upgrades

Does your home have any of the following characteristics?

  • Costly Utility Bills
  • Rooms that are hotter or colder than either the outside temperature, or the rest of the house
  • Drafts that may or may not have a known origin
  • Issues with air quality or odors
  • Moisture issues
  • Plumbing or general water leaks
  • Issues with windows or doors

If so, unfortunately, these are all characteristics of low performance homes.  The good news is there are specifics ways to address these issues and your home may benefit from energy efficiency upgrades!

A large number of existing homes in California score average to poorly on the home energy rating system, so there can definitely be room for improvements.  Currently, Energy Upgrade California is able to offer incentives in the form of rebates up to $4,000* for qualifying energy upgrades.

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There are different rebate structures depending on your specific home and needs and the rebate amount is tied to the amount of  improvements made.  Some examples of possible energy upgrades may include:

  • Duct Sealing
  • Attic & Wall Insulation
  • Insulation of Hot Water Piping
  • Air Sealing
  • Combustion Safety
  • Thermostatic Shower Valve
  • HVAC Upgrades
  • Domestic Hot Water Upgrades
  • Lighting Upgrades
  • Appliance Upgrades
  • Low-flow water fixtures
  • Many more options…

The first step before having work done and receiving the rebates is to have an initial Home Energy Assessment by a certified energy rater.  The rater will assess the property and provide a certificate with an energy rating – a similar concept to how a car is rated for fuel economy.  This is the Test-In rating, which establishes the baseline score for comparison after the upgrades have been done.  After the rater gives recommendations, the homeowner can elect to proceed with the improvements.  Once completed, the rater then does a Test-Out assessment of the property to compare the results and improved efficiency of the home.

It is very important to work with a certified energy rater to ensure valid information is being obtained.  Also, the rater will be able to guide the homeowner to any possible rebates available.

Right now, a voucher** for $400 off the Home Energy Assessment is available to homeowners wishing to begin the process of improving their homes energy efficiency.  Depending on the house, this voucher could pay for all or most of the assessment cost.

If you would like more information on this subject or have any questions, please contact me below.  I will be happy to be a resource and to help in any way I am able!

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*Matching rebate programs are sometimes available in some parts of San Diego County to potentially increase the incentive amount to greater than $4,000. The rebate amount of up to $4,000 is tied to the amount of efficiency improvement.

**Rebate vouchers are available in a limited quantity until the funds for the program run out.  Rebates and vouchers are available until the funds are used, or the program is ended.

Dream of Homeownership [Infographic]

Here is a great infographic showing the results of a study on homeownership.  Study participants included both current homeowners as well as those wishing to purchase a home in the future.

Have you been dreaming of homeownership?  If so, contact me so we may discuss your present situation.  If you are tired of renting, you may be surprised at what type of property you could get for the same amount you pay in rent each month!
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Home Energy Rating Certificate

Would you buy a car without knowing its MPG?

Most people would probably not feel comfortable making such a large purchase as a vehicle without knowing its fuel economy, yet for those same people when buying a home–a much larger purchase–the topic of the home’s energy consumption rarely is addressed.

Example of Home Energy Rating Certificate

Example of Home Energy Rating Certificate

The California Energy Commission is working to change this by getting homeowners to become more aware of and care about their home’s energy rating.  As one of the first steps, it is now possible to have a certified home energy rater conduct a home energy assessment of a home in order to give it a rating between 250 (poor energy performance) to 0 (best energy performance).  The best score is 0, signifying a home that is “net zero energy,” meaning on an annual basis, it creates the same amount of energy onsite that it uses.

According to Energy Upgrade California, a majority of existing homes in California, typically score around 101-250.  So even if you think your home’s energy usage is manageable or reasonable, chances are there is still plenty of room to improve!

The home energy rating, however, is more than just a score. In addition to the overall score, a homeowner can learn the estimated operating costs, which features or systems of the home use the most energy, and recommendations for improvements and upgrades.

If you would like more information on this subject, or are interested in having a home energy assessment (some free vouchers are currently available), please contact me below.  I will be happy to help by being a resource to you!

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Stress-Free Holiday Party To-Do List

Are you planning a holiday party this weekend, or before the New Year?

While spending time with friends, family, or co-workers at a party can be a lot of fun and a great place to make memories, the preparation can be stressful!

With a little planning and prioritization, however, parties could be stress-free for everyone involved.  But where do you start?

Click the image in this post to view a great to-do list of party planning tasks broken down into the weeks, days, and day of the party.  By following this list this month, or for any party in the future, you are bound to cut out some of the stress associated with party planning so that you can enjoy the party just as much as your guests!

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