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Building Energy Efficiently

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Building Energy Efficiently

Fact: Everyone can take part in being more energy efficient. At Van Manna Homes, we are always searching for the most energy efficient options and effective ways to build. With having your home completed with energy efficient options, there are government rebates available and mortgage insurer programs available to put cash back in our buyer’s and renovators pockets. For example, when your new home is built or renovated, an inspector can come to the property from Energy efficient Alberta and confirm the EnerGuide rating of the property. This is often based on the lights, high-efficiency shower heads, power bars, self-adjusting thermostats, windows, and various other building materials. As well, through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, if your mortgage is insured, then depending on the energy efficiency of your home or a willingness to improve your home’s energy efficiency, you may be eligible when using insured financing for a 10% mortgage loan insurance premium refund and extended amortization

Tips & Tricks from Van Manna Homes to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

At Van Manna Homes, we are always using premium quality insulation, windows, lighting, and everything else that affects the efficiency of a home. Using only quality products benefits not only the home owner but greatly conserves energy and the demand for non-renewable resources. Contact us any time with questions or to get started on building your energy efficient custom home!

 If you don’t have proper insulation, you could be letting a lot of heat out during the cold winter season, which will cost you and of course, the environment. As well, making sure you have quality windows installed in your home is huge on saving on energy costs. Your windows can let out a lot of heat through the winter and cool air through the summer. Switch to fluorescent bulbs for lighting in your home to drastically save energy and money. Fluorescent bulbs last way longer than the typical incandescent bulbs. And finally, make sure your appliances are energy efficient before you purchase them. Look for the Energy Star symbol or an EnerGuide label. These appliances may cost more up front, but they are worth the investment as they use much less energy.

Check out Energy Efficiency Alberta’s Instant Savings campaign running from April 18 until June 11! Click here for all the info!

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Accessibility Renovation Rebates

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Attention Baby Boomers: Don’t Sell… Adapt!

All you need to know about the government rebates to keep you in the comfort of your own home and how The Van Manna Homes Team can make this happen!

“Ottawa is addressing the large cohort of baby boomers who wish to remain in their homes as long as possible, with a tax break for mobility-focused upgrades. Seniors, their spouses, and those who qualify for the Disability Tax Credit can claim 15 per cent of eligible home improvements up to $10,000 up to a maximum benefit of $1,500 under the Home Accessibility Tax Credit.”

-http://www.ctvnews.ca/mobile/business/5-tax-changes-that-will-impact-your-2016-return-1.3282774

So, you’re thinking of renovating and want to know if you’re eligible for an accessibility renovation rebate? We’ve summarized the basics so you can quickly tell if it’s in yours or your family’s best interest to consider these home renovations.

First off, the renovations that will be eligible for a government rebate are 1) those which allow the qualifying individual (someone who is eligible for the disability tax credit for the year or someone who is 65 or older at the end of a year) to access the home or be mobile or functional within the home and 2) decrease injury risks to the qualifying individual within the home or in gaining access to the home.

A qualifying individual OR an eligible individual (spouse or common-law partner of the qualifying individual) who is making a claim for the qualifying individual can claim an amount for eligible expenses in a qualifying home renovation. Your home is considered eligible if it is 1) located in Canada AND 2) is either owned and normally lived in by the qualifying individual or owned and normally lived in by the eligible individual and the qualifying individual.

Follow the link below for more details on how to qualify, which expenses are eligible and ineligible, and what documents are needed to support eligible expenses!

 http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/ndvdls/tpcs/ncm-tx/rtrn/cmpltng/ddctns/lns360-390/398/398-eng.html#qlfng ndvdl

If you are thinking of renovating, let Van Manna Homes help! Contact us anytime for any and all of your renovation questions, concerns and needs!

Why is Humidity So Important in Your Home?

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The drastic change in outdoor temperatures through our cold winter season can pull the humidity right out of our homes. Since cold air can’t hold moisture like warm air can, it feels much drier through wintertime because the air is less saturated with humidity. Low humidity levels in winter can cause several annoying problems, including:

Colds/Respiratory Problems
It is very common to become sick easier than normal in the winter – and there is an explanation: low humidity levels! Our noses and throat dry out easily in the cold winter months, making it harder to remove bacteria, dust, dirt, etc. before they are breathed into our lungs. Keep your throat and nose moist and avoid those colds by increasing the humidity in your home!
Static Electricity
That dreadful shock that comes when you touch an object or a family member… that is directly related to low humidity levels in your house. If you increase the humidity in your home that static charge won’t build up, and you won’t be shocked.
Dry Skin
As I’m sure you’ve experienced, dry skin can be a serious issue in the winter. Low humidity levels cause skin to easily chap and break. Same goes for your scalp – causing flaking (dandruff). Pet dander becomes more predominant in dry homes in the winter, too. Moist air within the home will help keep the skin moisturized to avoid these issues.
Household Damage
When the air within your house is lacking humidity, it will try to find moisture elsewhere. The dry air can pull moisture from wooden furniture or structures in your home, even causing the annoying squeaky floors I’m sure you’ve heard in some rooms. Again, increasing the humidity could help this.

Call us any time for more information on a home humidification system!

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Trend Alert

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ACCOMODATING THE RENTERS TO ACCOMMODATE YOUR MORTGAGE PAYMENTS

“Mortgage Helpers” is a huge trend as of late and the demand is high for rental properties in the inner-city. This has resulted in more development of multi-family properties, more permits being requested from the City and more legalized suites being added to existing properties. The trend of focusing on secondary suites helps with one’s mortgage payments and facilitates the common goals of affordable inner city living and being mortgage-free faster. We are seeing more and more clients purchase R2 Zoned properties, building a duplex to occupy one side and renting the neighboring unit. Or, adding a carriage suite over their garage (i.e.: Currie Barracks and Garrison) to accommodate rental income. Does being mortgage-free faster sound like something you’re interested in? Van Manna Homes is here to help and provide simple solutions for maximizing your investments. Visit www.VanMannaHomes.com for more information about your future income property!

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What’s Happening in Inner-City Calgary?

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DOWNSIZING

Over the last couple of years we have seen a change in the home-buying trends in Calgary; more people are downsizing to inner-city infills, leaving their larger sprawling homes and acreages for the more suburban and amenity-filled communities. The trend seems to be mainly baby boomers and the empty-nesters of the city. They are slightly smaller places in terms of square footage but in more appealing locations, in the trendy inner-city neighborhoods with proximity to walk everywhere. Visit Van Manna Homes online or contact us today to inquire on how we can help with your transition to a spacious new infill today!

 

Amalgamation of the Canadian Home Builders Association

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The members of the Canadian Home Builders Association-Calgary Region (CHBA-CR) and the Urban Development Institute-Calgary (UDI-Calgary) have agreed to amalgamate under the interim name CHBA-UDI Calgary Region Association.

With added strength in numbers, the new association is better equipped to protect home buyers from escalating prices and address homelessness.

http://www.calgarysun.com/2016/03/11/the-amalgamation-is-a-done-deal