Residential rebates for home insulation and air sealing

Properly insulating and air-sealing your home can significantly reduce heating and cooling costs. It cuts off the drafts and makes your home warmer in winter and cooler in summer.

With the Home Energy Improvement Program from Duke Energy, you can get up to a $500 rebate. The incentive pays 37.5 cents per square foot, up to a maximum $500 rebate. Schedule an appointment with one of their prequalified contractors today. Want to know more about common air leaks in your attic, and how they're fixed? Download the PDF guide to air sealing and insulation. You may need attic insulation upgrades if you have: o Drafty rooms o Hot and cold rooms; uneven temperatures between rooms o High heating or cooling bills o An AC or heater that runs constantly, even when you think it shouldn't o Dry indoor air in winter o Dust (especially in rooms directly below the attic)

To be eligible, your home must have a centrally ducted heat pump or central AC and your contractor must seal the attic for air leaks and upgrade insulation to a minimum of R-30 from R-19 or less.



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                                                                                                                                                                                     Home sale prices climbed by 7.8 percent to an average of $267,169 in Asheville and Buncombe County compared to last year,according to national real estate data firm CoreLogic.

                Home sellers in Buncombe County are asking the highest prices since the Great Recession.

                The average asking price for all homes for sale in July was $473,962, up 8 percent from a year ago.

                "That's the highest average asking price since August 2008. We're back to where the housing bubble burst," said Don Davies, a local market analyst and real estate broker.

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                In Buncombe County, the typical home sold for $267,169 for January through June. "Prices continue to go up for us," said Mary Love, an agent with Keller-Williams.

                In the past year, 35 percent of Buncombe homes sold in less than 60 days, while another third of homes have been sitting on the market for five months or more, according to the second quarter report from Beverly-Hanks & Associates, Asheville's largest real estate agency. The report indicated that "a significant number of homes need to be repriced in order to sell." ...more

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                            June 1st through July 31st Fundraising Goal of $20,000 
                            Imagine being able to someday safely walk or bike from Asheville to the NC Arboretum and onto Biltmore Park or vice versa. One of the eight priority corridors identified in the Buncombe County Greenways and Trails Master Plan is the corridor between the French Broad River and Hominy Creek Greenways, along Brevard Road, past the WNC Famer's Market, out to the hiking and biking trails of Bent Creek and the Arboretum, and Biltmore Park.
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                            foreclosurepixAsheville is seeing about half the the rate of foreclosures than the rest of the nation and fewer delinquent home loans in May, researchers reported Tuesday. Foreclosures represented only 0.80 percent of all outstanding mortgage loans in the Asheville area in May, compared to 1.38 percent a year ago, according to CoreLogic, a national real estate research firm in California. Foreclosure activity in Asheville was lower than the national foreclosure rate, which was 1.73 percent for May...more

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                            I love Asheville for it's small town charm, big city amenities and a lifestyle that can only be found in a southern mountain town. As a lover of outdoor adventure, I have world class hiking and mountain bike trails to explore when I need an adrenaline fix and rivers, swimming holes and mountain top views when I am looking to relax.
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                            If you share this feeling, I would love to help you call Asheville home. Call me at 828-713-9400 or email justin@justinasheville.com
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                              This month marks the fifth anniversary since the Great Recession supposedly ended.

                              It may or may not feel like a recovery, depending on whether you got laid off or saw any raise, found a new job or didn't, or if anything else happened to you or your loved ones in the tough labor market. The economist John Maynard Keynes said animal spirits, those energies and enthusiasms, drive markets and consumers more so than mathematical formulas.

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