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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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Van Manna Homes Awarded Best Of Houzz 2017

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Van Manna Homes of Calgary

Awarded Best Of Houzz 2017

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Over 40 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World

 

CALGARY, Canada, January 18, 2017 – Van Manna Homes Inc. of Calgary, AB has won “Best Of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The custom home building company was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2016. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2017” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of  their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

 

“We’re so pleased to award Best of Houzz 2017 to this incredible group of talented and customer-focused professionals, including Jason Manna,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “Each of these businesses was singled out for recognition by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts for helping to turn their home improvement dreams into reality.”

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About Van Manna Homes

Van Manna Homes was founded in 2005. Jason Manna is the proud CEO of the company and runs the business with a very hands on approach; it is tough to be at a job site and not see Jason conferring with his trade partners, making on-site decisions, as well as designing with clients.  Since inception, they have been building timeless, luxury estate homes, inner city properties and completing high end renovations. Van Manna Homes is a custom builder who treats each build like they were building their very own family home.  With over 10 years in business and a team with decades of experience, building in many of Calgary and area’s most successful and prominent communities and surrounding areas, Van Manna Homes is consistently recognized as one of Calgary’s top premier custom builders.

 About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com.

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!

 

Buyer’s Market Ahead?

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Ah the Oil business, all at once a booming and busting entity to hang your hat on. As Calgary gets pulled into the gauntlet of another oil price dive, all eyes are on the residual housing market correction threatening to take place.

By January 2015, house sales had slumped 45% since last year’s peaks, with experts predicting a 10% drop is house values this year as the oil prices continue their roller coaster ride with most Albertan’s, directly or indirectly affected, strapped in for the ride.

So what does this mean for home-owners?

If the last crisis of 2008 is any indication, the troubling economic effects of an oil crisis will cause a bit of a hit to home values for the near future. Those who are looking to break into the market and finally purchase a home, the listings will most likely be in their favor. Those who are looking to sell will be facing some stiff competition and harsh truths when it comes to value. For those who are in the position to sit tight and wait out the storm, the act of retaining the inner-city urbanization and building still remains. The high cost of infrastructure and commutes during times of economic strife promote the idea of inner-city living, and with decreasing prices, the option to not only buy inner-city but build inner-city is becoming more available to more people.

While the local economy narrowly avoids a recession, the need to maintain structure within the city is essential. As with before, the market will return to a level place and when that happens, those who arrived or stuck with the inner-infrastructure will see great returns.

Until then, home-owners and home-builders will continue to build up and improve upon the inner neighborhoods to provide a strong core for the city to build upon when times are high again. Stay tuned to see what Van Manna Homes is doing with their newest projects.