Posts Tagged ‘green real estate’

Culver City Garden Club Show and Sale

June 24, 2009
426 Manchester g housea REMAX logoThe Culver City Garden Show and Plant Sale is this weekend.  It’s free and a lot of fun.  56th Annual Culver City Garden Club
Garden Show and Plant Sale
Sat. June 27, 12 noon to 4pm
Sun. June 28, 10am to 4pm
Culver City Veteran’s Auditorium
4117 Overland Ave, Culver City
(corner of Culver Blvd)
free admission and parking
hourly raffle for donated prizes
professionally judged plant show
plus 10 vendors selling plants and garden-
related goodies.
more info 310-203-1482

New Home Maintenance Tip

June 19, 2009

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  • Avoid overloading the washer – an overloaded washer strains the motor and transmission, shortening their lives.
  • Once a month, remove and clean intake screens where water-supply hoses enter the washing machine, and check water-supply hoses for splits, cracks, or bulges.
  • Once a year, disconnect your dryer from the vent hose and wall, and thoroughly vacuum and clean the lint pipe to improve your drying efficiency and remove potentially flammable lint buildup.
  • Once a year disconnect the washer and dryer to clean underneath and check for any small leaks or hidden maintenance problems.
  • $8,000 Tax Credit Toward Purchase of New Home

    May 29, 2009

    a REMAX logoDONOVAN ANNOUNCES RECOVERY ACT’S HOMEBUYER TAX CREDIT CAN IMMEDIATELY HELP THOUSANDS OF FIRST-TIME HOMEBUYERS TO BUY A HOME FHA plan will stimulate new home sales and help stabilize housing market WASHINGTON – Speaking to the National Association of Home Builders Spring Board of Directors Meeting, U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan today announced that the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) will allow homebuyers to apply the Obama Administration’s new $8,000 first-time homebuyer tax credit toward the purchase costs of a FHA-insured home. Donovan said that today’s action will help stabilize the nation’s housing market by stimulating home sales across the country. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 offers homebuyers a tax credit of up to $8,000 for purchasing their first home. Families can only access this credit after filing their tax returns with the IRS. Today’s announcement details FHA’s rules allowing state Housing Finance Agencies and certain non-profits to “monetize” up to the full amount of the tax credit (depending on the amount of the mortgage) so that borrowers can immediately apply the funds toward their down payments. Home buyers using FHA-approved lenders can apply the tax credit to their down payment in excess of 3.5 percent of appraised value or their closing costs, which can help achieve a lower interest rate. To read the FHA’s new mortgagee letter, visit HUD’s website. “We believe this is a real win for everyone,” said Donovan. “Today, the Obama Administration is taking another important step toward accelerating the recovery of the nation’s housing market. Families will now be able to apply their anticipated tax credit toward their home purchase right away. At the same time we are putting safeguards in place to ensure that consumers will be protected from unscrupulous lenders. What we’re doing today will not only help these families to purchase their first home but will present an enormous benefit for communities struggling to deal with an oversupply of housing.” Currently, borrowers applying for an FHA-insured mortgage are required to make a minimum 3.5 percent downpayment on the purchase of their home. Current law does not permit approved lenders to monetize the tax credit to meet the required 3.5 percent minimum down payment, but, under the terms of today’s announcement, lenders can now monetize the tax credit for use as additional down payment, or for other closing costs, which can help achieve a lower interest rate. Buyers financing through state Housing Finance Agencies and certain non-profits will be able to use the tax credit for their downpayments via secondary financing provided by the HFA or non-profit. In addition to the borrower’s own cash investment, FHA allows parents, employers and other governmental entities to contribute towards the downpayment. Today’s action permits the first-time homebuyer’s anticipated tax credit under the Recovery Act to be applied toward the family’s home purchase right away. Unlike seller-funded down-payment assistance, which was a vehicle for abuse, this program will allow homebuyers to shop for the best home price and services using their anticipated tax credit. According to estimates by the National Association of Home Builders, the Administration’s homebuyer tax credit will stimulate 160,000 home sales across the nation – 101,000 of which will be first-time buyers who will receive the credit. Another 59,000 existing homeowners will be able to buy another home because a first-time buyer purchased their home. Given FHA’s current market share, it’s estimated that thousands of families will be able to purchase a home by allowing the anticipated tax credit to be applied toward their purchase together with an FHA-insured mortgage. Homebuyers should beware of mortgage scams and carefully compare benefits and costs when seeking out tax credit monetization services. Programs will vary from organization to organization and borrowers should consider whether the services make sense for them, as well as what company offers the most suitable and affordable option. For every FHA borrower who is assisted through the tax credit program, FHA will collect the name and employer identification number of the organization providing the service as well as associated fees and charges. FHA will use this information to track the business closely and will refer any questionable practices to the appropriate regulatory agencies, as necessary.

    The Butter wars

    May 7, 2009

     butter-clip-artI received this today and could not resist posting it.  I stopped eating margarine over 30 years ago.   Smart Balance  is free of trans fatty acids, and  coconut butter received a bad rap from the soybean oil industry.  Studies are being done on killer whales to determine how much plastic moelcules are in their system.  It is very high in whales and children who are usually so close to the carpet.  Check out the AltBuild Expo Friday and Saturday. Ssee my last blog for more info.

     Pass The Butter .. please.

    This is interesting . . .
    Margarine was originally manufactured to fatten turkeys. When it killed the turkeys, the people who had put all the money into the research wanted a payback so they put their heads together to figure out what to do with this product to get their money back. It was a white substance with no food appeal so they added the yellow coloring and sold it to people to use in place of butter. How do you like it? They have come out with some clever new flavorings.

    DO YOU KNOW.. the difference between margarine and butter?

    Read on to the end…gets very interesting!

    Both have the same amount of calories.

    Butter is slightly higher in saturated fats at 8 grams compared to 5 grams.

    Eating margarine can increase heart disease in women by 53% over eating the same amount of butter, according to a recent Harvard Medical Study.

    Eating butter increases the absorption of many other nutrients in other foods.

    Butter has many nutritional benefits where margarine has a few
    only because they are added!

    Butter tastes much better than margarine and it can enhance the flavors of other foods.

    Butter has been around for centuries where margarine has been around for less than 100 years.

    And now, for Margarine..

    Very high in trans fatty acids .

    Triple risk of coronary heart disease.
    Increases total cholesterol and LDL (this is the bad cholesterol) and lowers HDL cholesterol, (the good cholesterol)

    Increases the risk of cancers up to five fold.

    Lowers quality of breast milk.

    Decreases immune response.

    Decreases insulin response.

    And here’s the most disturbing fact…. HERE IS THE PART THAT IS VERY INTERESTING!

    Margarine is but ONE MOLECULE away from being PLASTIC..
    This fact alone was enough to have me avoiding margarine for life and anything else that is hydrogenated (this means hydrogen is added, changing the molecular20structure of the substance).

    You can try this yourself:

    Purchase a tub of margarine and leave it in your garage or shaded area. Within a couple of days you will note a couple of things:

    * no flies, not even those pesky fruit flies will go near it (that should tell you something)

    * it does not rot or smell differently because it has no nutritional value; nothing will grow on it. Even those teeny weeny microorganisms will not a find a home to grow. Why? Because it is nearly plastic. Would you melt your Tupperware and spread that on your toast?  
    Share This With Your Friends…..(If you want to ‘butter them up’)!
    Chinese Proverb:
    ‘When someone shares something of value with you and you benefit from it, you have a moral obligation to share it with others.


    AltBuild 2009, Revlon Run/Walk, Mother’s Day

    May 4, 2009



    2 exciting events this weekend:

    AltBuild 2009 will be held at the Santa Monica Civic Center Friday 5/8 and Saturday 5/9 from 10-5 pm.  Over 150 Exhibitors and numerous speakers regarding sustainability.    It is free except for parking.  I will be volunteering this year.

    Revlon Run/Walk-downtown at the grounds around the Coliseum Saturday.  All monies collected go to women’s health studies. It always happens the Saturday before Mother’s Day.  I will not be participating this year as I injured my name before going to Hawaii.

    Please donate to this worthy cause.

    Mother’s Day is Sunday.   Happy day to all the Mothers of the world.



    Green info

    April 19, 2009

    According to a Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory study, “Tracking the Sun,” the cost of adding rooftop solar panels to a home’s roof fell 28 percent from 1998 to 2007, with costs falling from an average of $10.50 per watt in 1998 to $7.60 per watt in 2007.


    This weekend

    April 15, 2009

    clip-art-house1It is supposed to warm-up this weekend. Yeah!!

    If you are going to the Coachella Festival: or

    check out: Sat./Sun, April 18,-19, 09 Dozens of seminars and exhibitors.  Did I mention, it’s free?  Except for parking.

    Earth Day events.  Although Earth Day is officially April 22, there are events this weekend.

    Santa Monica Pier is having events Saturday and Sunday.

    Heal the Bay is having a coastal clean-up near the pier.



    Water heater safety

    April 6, 2009


     Taking a few simple precautions can help keep your family safe.

     Never use or store flammable products, such as gasoline or paint thinner, near your water heater. Always keep the surrounding area clean and well ventilated.

    Some water heaters must be installed at least 18 inches above the floor. Check the manufacturer’s instructions or local building codes to confirm installation requirements.

    To avoid scalding accidents, set the water heater thermostat at or slightly below the temperature recommended by the manufacturer.

    To keep your water heater an-chored during an earthquake, strapit firmly to the wall studs. Kitsand instructions are availableat most hardware stores. Find more safety tips at

    From Southern California Gas Company

    Donna Benton 310-398-2332

    Donna Benton 310-398-2332





    Great Websites

    April 2, 2009

    National Association of Home Builders

    National Association of the Remodeling Industry

    Very imformative.

    cid_image6Donna Benton



    March 23, 2009




    (Washington, D.C. – March 23, 2009) Ever wanted to tell EPA what you thought on an environmental topic? Each week, you have your chance in the EPA blog, Greenversations. Each question is an open-ended blog entry; please share your thoughts as comments.

     This week’s question:

     What can people do in their community to celebrate Earth Day?

    Earth Day, April 22, is next month.  Lots of communities hold events, block parties, and cleanups to encourage everyone to get involved, and have fun while they help protect the environment. Tell us about what folks in your community are thinking of doing.

     ¿Qué puede hacer la gente en su comunidad para celebrar el Día el Planeta Tierra?

    El Día del Planeta Tierra, el 22 de abril, es el mes próximo. Muchas comunidades están celebrando actividades, fiestas de vecindario, y limpiezas para alentar a las personas que participen y se diviertan mientras protegen el medio ambiente. Díganos lo que la gente en su comunidad está pensando hacer.

     Share your answer:

    cid_image64Donna Benton 310-398-2332