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In The Know: Housing Forecast 2016
The experts say 2016 is going to be a good year for the real estate market in Illinois. That’s the kind of news we like to hear!
Oh sure, they bring up the factors that could affect the Illinois market, such as the lingering state budget situation and a slightly slowed economy. But overall, “the market is expected to experience positive gains,” according to the Illinois Association of Realtors and the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory at the University of Illinois. Learn more here!
Interest rates are going to stay low and prices are expected to increase. So if you are ready for your next home, come see us at Homeway Homes to help you build the home you’ve long dreamed about. To learn more about Homeway Homes, visit www.homewayhomes.com
In The Know: The Index We Use Is HERS
It’s important that we are able to measure how our insulating system works in comparison with others. That’s why we use an index called the Home Energy Rating System (HERS), a scoring system developed by the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET).
So, how do we fare?
The reference score established for the HERS Index is 100, which is the score for a reference home built to specifications that are based on the 2004 International Energy Conservation Code. The lower a home’s score, the more energy efficient it is compared with a HERS reference home.
Homeway Homes built with our exclusive Energy Strength Spray Foam Insulations score under 50 on the HERS index. For point of comparison, older pre-insulation homes average around 140 on the HERS index while on-site built homes with 2x6 studs and fiberglass insulation average around 105.
So you see, with Homeway Homes you use less energy, which means you save more money over the life of your home. To learn more about Homeway Homes' commitment to energy efficiency, click here.
In The Know: A Home For Entertaining
The holidays are fast approaching and once again you’re probably thinking, “I wish we had more room for entertaining.”
You know, the problem might be less about the amount of space and more about the way it’s designed. That’s where we can help.
Homeway Homes has many floorplans that feature an open design, such as allowing a natural flow from kitchen to dining room to living room or great room. That flow can even continue to patio space outside for those gatherings during nice weather.
Think about it: Where does your family or your group of friends gather most when they come over? The kitchen, right? What an open design does is encourage that while enabling more people to mingle within earshot (who wants to repeat a joke over and over, right?) and to spread out for comfort.
We also will configure space for the kids to gather to play games while not being trampled by the adults, or space for the adults to watch games without being trampled by their kids.
Tell us what you want, what your lifestyle is, and let us design the perfect entertainment home for you. Click here to see the many floorplans and options Homeway Homes has to offer.
In The Know: Keeping Your Lifestyle In Mind
If you entertain a lot, having space for family and friends to mingle or just hang out and relax is important. But after they have gone home, where can you go to de-stress after you have put everything away?
Or perhaps you and your family simply enjoy the company of each other and like to hang out in the kitchen or be able to talk while cooking and watching television.
At Homeway Homes we have tried to consider all the possibilities in lifestyle design when developing our floorplans. That’s why we are confident you will find one to fit your needs among the dozens we offer.
And don’t forget: We will customize any one of those floorplans to make it just right for you and your family. Or, if you bring in a floorplan that you prefer, we can work with it, as well.
The choice is yours. It’s what you want that counts. Click here to learn more about our Lifestyle Living Philosophy.
In The Know: Preparing Your Home For The Winter Months Ahead
Baby, It's Gonna Get Cold Outside!
Well, fall is here. I guess we all know what’s next, huh?
Every house, no matters its age, needs to be properly prepared for the drastic change in temperatures we in the Midwest experience each year. Going from hot to cold at the drop of a hat is common; we need to be ready.
Here are some of our top tips for getting your house ready for winter.
• Make sure your heating system is clean and in good working condition.
• Make sure windows and doors are properly sealed.
• Clean your gutters.
• Turn off exterior faucets and divert water at least four feet away from the foundation.
• Reverse your ceiling fans when you turn the heat on.
Now sit back, light a fire in your fireplace and relax. Spring will be here before you know it.