Monthly Archives: November 2009

Evaluate Your Home’s Energy Efficency


That blanket of leaves covering your property is a gentle reminder that winter is near. There are numerous ways to keep your home energy costs down this winter. Improving your home’s energy efficiency is not difficult and can take some burden off of your wallet and Mother Earth.

Energy Trust of Oregon is a non-profit organization that offers the following services to Oregonians who are ready to make some positive changes:

FREE ONLINE: Log on to Energy Trust’s Home Energy Analyzer at for a do-it-yourself home audit and ideas for ways to save

FREE HOME ENERGY REVIEW: Schedule a free one hour walk-through of your home with an Energy Trust specialist. Receive energy saving recommendations specific to your home. It’s easy to sign up. Call 1-866-368-7878 or go to to sign up. You may even get some free compact fluorescent light bulbs! Did you know that CFL’s use 75% less energy and last 10 times longer than standard bulbs?

FEE BASED HOME PERFORMANCE: (Typically $200-600 depending on size of home): Schedule a comprehensive home assessment. A detailed 3 to 4 hour evaluation and energy fitness plan.  A Building Performance Institute-certified contractor will  test all the components of your home using state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment. You will receive a detailed report and cost analysis tailored to your home and lifestyle. For complete details visit

Oh, and after you schedule your free Home Energy Review… go play in the leaves!Leaves

All my best,

Kevin Gorman  and

Trade Ally


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Home Buyer Tax Credit Extended and Expanded

                                                                                         Tax Credit

This morning President Obama signed into new legislation the extension and expansion of the  first-time home buyer tax credit. The credit has proven to be one of the stimulus tools that actually works in boosting the economy.

Qualifications are as follows:

  • First-time homebuyers who purchase after today and before April 30, 2010, are eligible for the extended tax credit.
  • Current homeowners purchasing a new principal residence after today and before April 30, 2010, who have used the home being sold or vacated as a principal residence for five consecutive years within the last eight.
  • So long as a written binding contract to purchase is in effect on April 30, 2010, the purchaser will have until July 1, 2010 to close.
  • Here is the CNN news report:

    Here is a link to basic information:

    With interest rates hovering below 5% and the availability of the tax credit, there may have never been a better time to buy a home. Don’t miss the boat…call me if you would like to explore the possibility!

    All my best~ Kevin Gorman / Broker / RE/MAX equity group, inc. 

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