Luxury but Green condos

Condominiums may not seem it at first, but are the greenest way for us to live. If you think about it, it’s obvious! Multi residences under one roof are bound to be more eco – friendly as they share many things that cause CO2 emissions. A single structure, shared utilities and appliances are all good news for the environment. For example, if you build a condo unit you have shared walls and insulation, something you don’t have with building your own, standalone house. Also, shared utilities are obviously an advantage when saving energy. For example, hot water being shared by showers and taps, in multiple units, obviously leads to less energy consumption. Solar panels can be shared, insulation materials are shared, and the list goes on. In a nutshell,  condo blocks, or multiple unit homes, maximize the efficient use of building materials and power, which single houses simply cannot.

Another plus of shared condo blocks is that they maximize the use of space. Shared outdoor areas can be utilized purely because the developers are building upwards and not outwards. Large, green park and play areas can be added with trees and whatever else will make condo living spaces more eco friendly. This is only possible because multiple unit condos have a much smaller footprint than normal housing.

Condo developments by their very nature are green developments for the reasons outlined above. As general concern for the environment has escalated, so has the demand for condos. Developers are always looking for new innovation to make their condos stand out from the crowd regarding  their carbon footprint.

Whether we approve or not, urban dwelling is here to stay due to logistics of it’s occupants. However, current developers are doing a great job in helping with environmental issues.

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Home Owners Association Horror Stories

Hey people, Christy here again with my inaugural post for my real estate blog. As I mentioned last time, I grew up in America (land of the free) and as such I had to deal with homeowners associations (HOA). For those of you who don’t know what a homeowners association is, it is pretty much a group of people who say what you can and can’t do regarding your property. These can be simple and harmless requests, like not leaving trash all over your yard to a more extensive requests such as having to paint your house the same color as everyone else’s and at the same time. Now I have dealt with some pretty insane homeowner associations over the years, I even had to get a restraining order against the leader of my associations in Louisville after I found her hiding in my backyard with a tape recorder. Some stories however, are just plain wrong.

The worst thing I ever had a homeowners association threaten me about was actually my marital status. This was after I had graduated university and had gotten myself a good job outside Sacramento with a big real estate firm out there. The firm helped me acquire financing for a house in a very nice suburb that was full of your traditional families that I, as a single woman did not fit into. It was only one week after moving in that I got threatening letters from the leader of the association asking me to reconsider my decision. I later found out that the family I bought the house from was pushed out as they were a gay couple. Luckily with the help of that couple we took the organization to court and won, but these associations are all over America with similar rules. Take care out there everyone, see you next week.home owners association