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“Greening” Our Way of Life

February 8, 2013: 

According to the National Building Museum’s “Green Community” exhibit (nbm.org), a green community conserves its land, offers multiple options for transportation, provides open space for recreation and cultivation, and uses its natural and cultural resources wisely. This issue of On Common Ground focuses on this broad approach to “green,” an approach that encompasses the building, its surroundings and how our communities function.

REALTORS® Take Action: Disparate Groups Come Together for a Smart Growth Alliance

February 8, 2013: 

For some, Reading, Pennsylvania conjures up images of the iconic American game, Monopoly, and its four railroads.

Area REALTORS®, though, are working hard to cement Reading, in Berks County, Pa., as a leader in the smart growth movement. The Reading-Berks Association of REALTORS® (R-BAR) has received three Smart Growth Action Grants from the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and is helping lead the effort to promote well-designed communities in Eastern Pennsylvania.

REALTORS® Take Action: Charrettes Are Important for Proper Planning

February 8, 2013: 

The timing of a $5,000 grant from the National Association of REALTORS® couldn’t have been any better for the city of Riverton.

The year was 2008. Local REALTOR® Steven Beazley recalls that the city was considering some zoning changes in Riverton, Wyo. The changes had been published and were slated for discussion at City Hall.

A New Path to Energy Efficient Homes

February 8, 2013: 

Property Taxes are a Solution to Financing the Cost of Home Energy Retrofits


Communities across the country are picking up the PACE.

Short for Property Assessed Clean Energy, PACE programs enable cities and counties to provide loans to homeowners — and in some cases business owners — who want to go green and save green by making energy-conscious upgrades. But not just any loans. These loans are repaid through property tax assessments.

Understanding the Costs and Benefits of the Green Trend

February 8, 2013: 

By Gary Fineout


The way that Scott Muldavin sees it — going green is not just a trendy buzzword.

It’s a significant trend that everyone who deals with real estate must know about and understand. Governments across the entire nation are embracing programs and regulations meant to encourage both energy efficiency and sustainability.

Retiring to Your Home

February 8, 2013: 

Judy and Michael Spock wanted to age in place in the home where they have lived for 25 years in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, but weren’t sure they could manage it. In their late 70s, they had health issues and were slowing down. Michael has had two heart attacks and a stroke. Judy has had a heart attack, two mini strokes and needs knee surgery.