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A BUILT TO SAVE™ CERTIFICATE IS MORE THAN JUST A PIECE OF PAPER... IT’S A “PEACE OF MIND.” A home awarded with a BUILT TO SAVE™ certificate allows homeowners to relax without worrying about high energy bills, poor construction, and high maintenance issues. A BUILT TO SAVE™ certificate gives homeowners (1) the confidence in knowing their home was inspected and tested by an independent RESNET-approved Rater, and (2) the happiness in knowing their home is “above code” and of superior energy efficiency and high-performance construction.

Don’t take anyone’s word that your new home is energy efficient. Ask to see the BUILT TO SAVE™ certificate!

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et’s be honest. The type of insulation or how it is installed is probably not in the top 10 things on a homebuyer’s checklist. Why should it be? It’s not something we can see after the walls are put in, and even if we could see it, would we know what to look for? And when we compare it to, for example, stunning exotic granite countertops or designer lighting fixtures, insulation just isn’t too appealing. Yet, if a home’s interior is not comfortable, and if a utility bill is unusually high every month because of poor insulation, we’d probably wish we had paid less attention to the granite countertops and more to the insulation. If the type of insulation used is wrong or if the correct insulation is used but not properly installed, it will be inefficient and will increase a heating or cooling bill. Choosing the right insulation and ensuring that it is properly installed is critical for homes in the Rio Grande Valley, which is located in U.S. Climate Zone 2 that has some of the hottest temperatures in the country. CHOOSING THE RIGHT INSULATION Code-required R-Values (a measure of the insulation’s heat resistance) is the first factor to consider. The location of the insulation, like the ceiling or exterior walls, will require different R-values. Cost is the second factor, and here is where most people make a mistake. Spray foam, for example, is more expensive than basic fiberglass insulation, but its payback in savings on utilities and enhanced home comfort will more than make up for the initial cost.

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The types of insulation available on the market vary from batt and blown-inblanket fiberglass, to open and closed cell spray foam, to rock wool, to cellulose, and to foam board insulation. The advantages and disadvantages of each are varied, and it would be impossible to choose without the help of a professional—one who has the best advice. And to make things more complicated, even if you choose the right insulation without professional help, if it isn’t installed properly, it won’t perform to its maximum R-value. CHOOSING THE RIGHT INSULATION CONTRACTOR Insulation only performs like insulation if it is installed properly. That applies to superior insulation like spray foam but especially to the less expensive options like batt and roll. So, what’s the best way to choose an insulation contractor who installs properly? It’s easy—look for a BUILT TO SAVE™ certified installer. These installers are experienced and trained to ensure that their work passes the visual inspections of a home energy Rater contracted by the BUILT TO SAVE™ program to make sure the insulation has been properly installed. One such company is Valley Energy Specialist (VES), a BUILT TO SAVE™ installer who has been serving the Rio Grande Valley for over 12 years. Today, this family-owned business, operated by Robert Salinas, Jr. and his two sons, Rob and Andrew, has earned the reputation as the “go-to” place for effective and affordable insulation. VES offers all types of insulation, from standard fiberglass

insulation to superior spray foam that provides maximum R-value and home performance. Valley Energy Specialist’s experienced and knowledgeable staff can be of tremendous help in choosing the type of insulation that is right for your project. Why guess what insulation is needed for your home? Why go anywhere else? VES does one thing, and does it right: insulation. From consultation, to personalized advice, to complete installation, Valley Energy Specialist, a BUILT TO SAVE™ installer, should be your Number 1 choice when you decide to insulate your home correctly.

Visit www.ValleyEnergySpecialist.com or call (956) 638-3594 for more information. See pg. 39.

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Meet the builders who have stepped up to a leadership role in the construction of high-performance homes in the Rio Grande Valley. Their homes offer superior energy efficiency with lower utility bills, enhanced home comfort, better indoor air quality, and a certification of performance that will allow for a higher resale value.

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standards to instead build “above code.” Whether it is spending more time to ensure that construction is done right or paying more for superior quality materials and contractors, our 2019 Leading Energy Efficient Builders should be commended for putting their customers first, and for their desire to build the best home they can for new home buyers. An important point to make about the 2019 Leading Energy Efficient Builders featured here is that the builders are not the ones saying they are leading energy efficient builders. In reality, it is not even the New Homes Guide that could claim these homes are more energy efficient without the verification of an independent, licensed, third-party home energy Rater who inspects and tests the builders’ homes to verify compliance with the requirements of high-performance home programs such as BUILT TO SAVE™ and ENERGY STAR®. We invite you to learn about the “above-code” benefits of a high-performance certified home. You’ll discover that while monthly utility savings are appreciated, the many other benefits which can be felt daily, like home comfort and indoor air quality, will be the most appreciated. And the benefit that is most rewarding is the “peace of mind” that you will enjoy—

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What is the BUILT TO SAVE™ PROGRAM? BUILT TO SAVE™ is a voluntary high-performance home program for builders which certifies new homes using independent thirdparty home energy Raters that inspect and test homes in the program and predict their energy efficiency. These Raters provide verification that the home will perform better than similar homes built to minimum code standards. You no longer have to take anyone’s word about a home’s energy efficiency. You only need to ask for proof—ask to see the BUILT TO SAVE™ Certificate or go to www.BuiltToSave.org to find out if the home was certified in the BUILT TO SAVE™ program. If you had a choice of buying a home built to minimum code standards with no clear knowledge of its energy usage and how it was constructed OR a BUILT TO SAVE™ certified home with documented proof of its high performance from third-party Raters doing inspections during construction and conducting tests after completion, your decision should be a no-brainer. Aside from obvious savings on utilities during the life of the home, there are other, more important benefits from a BUILT TO SAVE™ certified home—and critical because they can directly affect your quality of life and comfort in your new home. Here’s what you should know.

The TOP Benefits of Buying a BUILT TO SAVE™ Home

would allow cool air to escape to the attic or to the outside. Sealing these areas not only saves on cooling costs, it also prevents drafts, dust, and other pollutants from coming into the home. A tight, properly sealed envelope along with the proper ventilation system will ensure clean indoor air throughout the home.

PROPER INSULATION INSTALLATION

Here in the Rio Grande Valley, home insulation is vital. And more important than the type of insulation used is whether or not it was installed properly. For example, to function properly as insulation, batt insulation must retain its shape after it is installed. If the insulation is stuffed behind electrical wires along the walls, it no longer retains its insulation value. Spray foam, even with its superior insulation qualities, can have voids after it is applied, may not be of the correct consistency, or may have been applied while there was moisture present. The BUILT TO SAVE™ thermal inspection done by the Rater is performed before drywall is installed, and is focused on ensuring that the insulation, regardless of the type, was properly installed—something that most homeowners would not be aware of.

HIGHER RESALE VALUE

Who doesn’t want more money when they sell their home? Research conducted across the country has found that homes that have been certified as energy efficient command a higher resale value than non-rated homes. Additionally, the research points out that rated homes generally sell faster than non-rated homes. It makes sense that providing a certificate of high performance when trying to sell your home would be more valuable than trying to convince your buyer that you were told by the builder that the home was a highperformance home.

COMPLIANCE WITH TEXAS’ ENERGY BUILDING CODE

Savings on heating and cooling costs through the BUILT TO SAVE™ program are the result of a whole-house approach to lowering utility bills. This includes everything from using a properly designed heating, ventilation, and cooling system to ensuring the home is properly sealed to create a tight envelope. Energy efficient appliances and light fixtures are also key components in a comprehensive plan for energy efficiency.

The law’s the law! On August 1, 2016, the State of Texas adopted the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code for residential and commercial construction. While local jurisdictions across the state may issue permits and pass inspections under an older energy code than the state mandated 2015 IECC, builders should be aware that they may be exposing their businesses to potential liability in the future. Homes in the BUILT TO SAVE™ program comply with the state’s 2015 IECC, regardless of what code local municipalities are enforcing. Visit www.EEPartnership.org and search for “Code Adoption” to see a listing of Texas cities that have/have not adopted the 2015 IECC.

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THIRD-PARTY INSPECTIONS AND TESTING

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Indoor comfort is all about controlling temperature and airflow inside the home. A major component of the BUILT TO SAVE™ program is requesting builders to submit the home’s Manual J for review to make sure that the air-conditioning unit is properly sized to the space. If a unit is larger than it should be, it will cool the space too quickly and turn off before it has had a chance to remove humidity from the home, thus making it uncomfortable. As it cycles on and off, the unit will consume more electricity and will have more mechanical problems over time.

TIGHT CONSTRUCTION AND BETTER INDOOR AIR QUALITY

If you notice dust, bugs, and smells coming in from outside your home, then it has not been sealed properly. Homes in the BUILT TO SAVE™ program are inspected during construction, before the walls are put in, to look for cracks, openings, and other areas that

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Home energy raters contracted by the BUILT TO SAVE™ program are certified by RESNET. These independent home energy raters provide the modeling of a home’s blueprints to forecast its energy efficiency before it is built, a thermal inspection before drywall, and final testing of the home’s performance when it is completed to ensure compliance with the requirements of the BUILT TO SAVE™ program.

PEACE OF MIND

We can’t predict that other aspects in your life won’t give you a headache, but knowing that your new home has been certified as a high-performance home by an independent third-party home energy Rater, one not affiliated with anyone connected with the construction of the home, will give you, as a BUILT TO SAVE™ homebuyer, the ultimate in satisfaction. And don’t we all want the peace of mind that comes with knowing our home has a formal certificate of energy efficiency and high performance?

Visit www.BuiltToSave.org to find out more about why you should not settle for a minimum code-built home when you can enjoy the savings and comfort of a high-performance home. You can also find builders enrolled in the BUILT TO SAVE™ program offering high-performance homes.


2019 LEADING ENERGY EFFICIENCY BUILDER

DIVINE CUSTOM HOMES Olga Treviño, Owner/Builder

ABOUT THE BUILDER Divine Custom Homes is one of the Valley’s early adopters of high-performance homes and will only build homes that are ENERGY STAR® qualified. In addition, the company is the only builder in the Rio Grande Valley who certifies its homes in the EPA’s Indoor airPLUS program (see page 36), which requires construction practices and product specifications that minimize exposure to airborne pollutants and contaminants. Divine Custom Homes also goes above and beyond by certifying its homes in the BUILT TO SAVE™ program, a testament to their 100% commitment to energy efficiency and all the benefits of a high-performance home. And as for the things the eye can see, the awards that Divine Custom Homes has received for excellence in construction speak volumes— and would cover a wall. Olga Trevino, founder of Divine Custom Homes, is a hands-on builder with 23 years of jobsite experience, and she personally inspects every stage of construction to ensure that the work meets her company’s strict standards of excellence.

COMPANY FACTS

Founded: 2008 Price Range: $150’s - $500’s + Areas Served: Valleywide Construction Type: Residential ENERGY STAR® Member Since: 2009 BUILT TO SAVE™ Member Since: 2014 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty: Available

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STEPS TO ACHIEVE A 4 BUILT TO SAVE™ CERTIFICATION The benefits of the BUILT TO SAVE™ program for homebuyers that include savings on utilities, better indoor air, and enhanced home comfort are rooted in the whole-house systematic approach to good building science. Ideally, the approach should begin before the home is built to predict the home’s energy efficiency. Here’s a step-by-step approach to how a high-performance home is born.

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The first step in the BUILT TO SAVE™ process is the uploading of the home’s plans, including: elevation and floorplan blueprints; Manual J; energy-saving items in the home like ENERGY STAR™ appliances; and heating and cooling equipment information. The data from these documents is entered into a licensed home energy Rater’s specialized software that produces a projected Energy Rating Index (ERI) score. The ERI is a good predictor of a home’s energy performance once it is built. NOTE: A projected analysis done before the home is built makes it easy and much less costly to make adjustments to achieve the targeted ERI instead of waiting to do this once construction is underway.

THE MANUAL J

Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) contractors prepare a Manual J by entering the home’s blueprint information into a program that calculates the heating and cooling loads of a home and recommends the proper size unit required for the home’s specifications. The software is adapted to the particular climate that the home is located in. The Manual J also calculates the amount of heat and humidity that each occupant of the home will add to the interior of the home.

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NOTE: A properly sized heating and cooling system is critical to energy savings and, more importantly, to a home’s comfort. A system that is oversized will waste more energy, have more maintenance issues, reduce comfort by cycling on and off before it has a chance to remove the humidity in the home, and cause moisture and mold issues over time.

THERMAL INSPECTION

The thermal inspection is performed after insulation is installed and before the walls are put in place. A home energy Rater visually inspects all areas of the home to check that the insulation used is of the proper R-values and, more importantly, that it was installed correctly. Insulation that has been compressed by force between the studs or into crevices lose their R-value and will not perform as insulation. Even spray form insulation can be poorly installed with voids inside that are formed by bubbles during application. Special attention is given to areas that will allow cold air to escape to the attic or to the outside. NOTE: According to the Department of Energy, a typical home has about a half-mile of cracks and gaps throughout. This results in a 20% to 40% increase in heating and cooling costs every year through air leakage. A thermal inspection performed by a third-party Rater will give the peace of mind that your home was sealed properly.

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2019 LEADING ENERGY EFFICIENCY BUILDER

INNOVATIVE CONSTRUCTION

Pedro Vargas, Owner/Builder; Lourdes Vargas, Owner; Jonathan Vargas, Designer/Builder

ABOUT THE BUILDER As the company’s name suggests, Innovative Construction thoughtfully designs and builds their homes using the latest trends and most up-to-date construction practices to create a custom home tailored to fit their customers’ dreams. The visual beauty of Innovative Construction’s homes, both exteriors and interiors, is impressive, and the company is consistently winning awards for their design and craftsmanship. Yet what is under all that beauty is even more impressive. The company’s homes not only exceed energy efficient construction requirements, they provide enhanced indoor comfort with a promise of lower maintenance and greater durability. Their BUILT TO SAVE™ certified homes are inspected during construction and tested upon completion by an independent third-party Rater to verify that highperformance standards are met. The company was recognized by the Rio Grande Valley Builders Association with the “Most Energy Efficient Award” for their entry in the 2017 Parade of Homes.

COMPANY FACTS

Founded: 2013 Price Range:$200’s - $1 Mil Areas Served: Valleywide Construction Type: Residential BUILT TO SAVE™ Member Since: 2017 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty: Available

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MOISTURE CONTROL

The Rater will look for areas that could potentially create moisture problems in the future by inspecting the home’s envelope, which includes the outer walls, ceiling, and windows. Since the window manufacturer’s labels are in place at this point, the Rater makes notes to ensure that their values are as required by code and that they relate to what was specified in the Manual J. Areas behind bathtubs located near an exterior wall are noted to make sure that a waterproof backing will be used to avoid moisture issues caused by changes in temperature.

INITIAL INSPECTION

NOTE: Although moisture management is not a factor in energy efficiency, ensuring against moisture problems is included in BUILT TO SAVE™ inspections as part of its “whole-house” approach to providing a healthy home environment.

VENTILATION

Tight construction is required for superior energy efficiency, and as the home becomes tighter, it is very important that a proper fresh air system is installed to allow the home to breathe. A visual inspection looks for properly placed ventilation systems, which is especially important if the insulation being used is spray foam due to its maximum sealing characteristics. A variety of humidity controlling devices are available on the market today that can greatly enhance the comfort levels of a home. NOTE: Proper mechanical ventilation is key to ensuring the quality of indoor air. Ventilation is nothing more than replacing stale air with fresh air and is critical for tightly constructed homes that can trap dust, pollen, and unhealthy air that results from day-to-day activities like cooking, bathing, and even the occupants’ breathing.

DUCTS & AIR REGISTERS

The Rater inspects the HVAC duct system, looking for areas that are poorly sealed and connected. Mastic is an inexpensive sealant that should be used generously over taping at all the seams for maximum protection. Simply using foil tape is not acceptable since heat will cause the tape to fall off and allow air to escape into the attic. The ducts, where they connect to vents and registers in the ceiling, are inspected to make sure they will connect properly.

FINAL INSPECTION

NOTE: A properly designed duct system, a function of the HVAC contractor, is key to making sure every room of the home gets equal air with equal pressure. Failure to equalize air flow will mean some rooms will be colder or hotter than others.

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VERIFICATION OF FINAL RESULTS

A final review of the home’s specifications is made to verify that the home was built as was specified during the pre-construction stage, making note of items that can add or detract from the home’s projected ERI score. Additionally, the Final Inspection includes a Blower Door Test and a Duct Leakage Test to calculate the home’s ERI score.

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2019 LEADING ENERGY EFFICIENCY BUILDER

RANMAR CONSTRUCTION

Luis Rangel, Owner/Builder

ABOUT THE BUILDER When RanMar Homes joined the BUILT TO SAVE™ program, it was a perfect fit. If you visit RanMar’s website, you’ll see that the company’s goals are all about setting the standard for energy efficiency and enhanced indoor air quality, as well as building healthier homes. Luis Rangel, RanMar’s owner/builder, is meticulous about what goes behind the walls of his homes and about the quality of each home’s installation. From insulation, to HVAC design, to advanced framing, to everything that incorporates the home’s envelope, you’ll find him making sure that the home’s performance will be superior. RanMar Homes is committed to energy efficient construction and certifies 100% of its homes in the BUILT TO SAVE™ program, even for those built outside city limits where not even minimum code is required. RanMar’s homes are third-party Rater inspected and tested; they are also backed by a 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty, and the company is currently certifying homes in the ENERGY STAR® program.

COMPANY FACTS

Founded: 2016 Price Range: $120’s + Areas Served: Valleywide Construction Type: Single & Multi-family; and Commercial ENERGY STAR® Member Since: 2019 BUILT TO SAVE™ Member Since: 2018 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty

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THE BLOWER DOOR TEST

A Blower Door Test is performed once the home is completed to measure the leakiness of the home’s envelope—how much air goes out or comes in through the roof, windows, doors, and other openings. To do this, a Rater closes all the doors and windows and other openings, such as vents to the outside, and uses a specialized fan on a doorway of the home to blow air in and then out. The home’s leakage to the outside must fall within the acceptable range to qualify for the BUILT TO SAVE™ certification.

FINAL INSPECTION

NOTE: The Blower Door Test is usually performed after the home is complete, but a Rough-in Blower Door Test can be performed at the Thermal Inspection stage if all of the home’s openings can be covered, even if plywood and tape are used to cover them. The advantage of doing the test at this stage is that problem areas can be easily identified and fixed. And if the home passes the test at this stage, you will be assured it will pass at Final Inspection.

THE DUCT LEAKAGE TEST

The Duct Leakage test identifies leaks in the joints and seams of the ductwork in the HVAC system using diagnostic hardware to measure the airtightness of the ducts. The procedure uses a calibrated fan that measures the air flow rate and a pressure sensing device that measures the pressure created by the fan’s air. The amount of leakage must fall within an acceptable range to meet the requirements of the BUILT TO SAVE™ program.

PROOF OF HIGH-PERFORMANCE

NOTE: An acceptable Duct Leakage test in Climate Zone 2 requires air leakage rates of less than four percent of conditioned floor area (living space). Anything more means too much air is escaping from the ducts and costing you money.

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THE BUILT TO SAVE™ CERTIFICATE

The BUILT TO SAVE™ certificate is critical proof that the home qualified as a high-performance home. The supporting documentation provided by the Rater is kept on file by BUILT TO SAVE™ as proof of the home’s compliance and includes all of the documents submitted by the builder, photos taken during inspections, any issues that were found and corrected, and photos of the readings on the manometers used during final testing.

NOTE: Aside from the peace of mind the BUILT TO SAVE™ certificate will give you, it will be invaluable if you decide to sell your home. It trumps telling your prospective buyer that you were told the home is a high-performance home.

THE BUILT TO SAVE™ LABEL

Building codes require that every home has a label that lists information on critical components of the home, such as insulation, windows and doors, and heating and cooling equipment that all show types and ratings. NOTE: While this label is required by law, unfortunately few homes have it. This mandatory label is included with the BUILT TO SAVE™ certificate.

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At a time when every builder says they build energy efficient homes, it is a good policy to ask for proof. If you have any question about whether your home received a BUILT TO SAVE™ certificate, you can search for your address at www.BuiltToSave.org where you can also find a list of builders enrolled in the BUILT TO SAVE™ program.


2019 LEADING ENERGY EFFICIENCY BUILDER

VILLA HOMES

Emigdio Villanueva III, Co-Founder COO

ABOUT THE BUILDER For a second year in a row, Villa Homes is being recognized as a leading energy efficient builder. When you add this to all the other recognition the company has received, it is no wonder Villa Homes has a reputation for building luxury custom homes of outstanding beauty, superb craftsmanship, and high performance. The company’s homes feature stylish touches and designer features that are standard—not expensive add-on upgrades. An extremely talented team, from designers, to specialized trades, to energy efficiency consultants, all work together to build, not just a house, but your house, personalized with what you like. The Villa Homes’ team has a passion for crafting and building homes from the heart, and the company has been rewarded with awards for excellence in construction, including “Best

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of Show” among other awards in a Parade of Homes competition. Yet their best award is the reward of knowing they made their homebuyer’s experience of constructing a new home a satisfying and happy one.

COMPANY FACTS

Founded: 2013 Price Range: From the $250’s Areas Served: Valleywide Construction Type: Residential BUILT TO SAVE™ Member Since: 2018 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty

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2019 LEADING ENERGY EFFICIENCY BUILDER

VILLANUEVA CONSTRUCTION Martin Villanueva, Owner/Builder

ABOUT THE BUILDER When Villanueva Construction says it builds beautiful homes of great value, they mean it. For the third year in a row, Villanueva Construction has received the award for the “Most Homes Certified BUILT TO SAVE™.” This family-owned and managed company, early on, embraced the concept of high-performance BUILT TO SAVE™ homes and continues to lead the local industry in this initiative. But the energy efficiency of its homes with utility savings, enhanced comfort, and verified quality construction is only part of it. Homebuyers enjoy one-onone personalized attention for whatever they need. Whether it is help with choosing one of the many floorplans available, or selecting specific materials, or even navigating through the maze of financing, the Villanueva family promises a smooth and happy experience for every client. As a result, more than the many awards the company has received over the years is the appreciation they get from their growing family of satisfied homebuyers that matters most.

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Founded: 1985 Price Range: $150’s - $400’s + Areas Served: Hidalgo and Cameron County Construction Type: Residential BUILT TO SAVE™ Member Since: 2016 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty: Available

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Outstanding Achievement

(L to R) Abraham Quiroga, MVEC Business & Employee Development Division Manager, presenting the BUILT TO SAVE™ Award of Recognition to Martin Villanueva, owner/builder of Villanueva Construction. Villanueva Construction is a family-owned business that has been building custom homes in the Rio Grande Valley since 1985. (www.villanuevahomes.com)

The BUILT TO SAVE™ Program sponsored by Magic Valley Electric Coop (MVEC) is proud to recognize Villanueva Construction for its exemplary leadership in building high-performance certified homes. The recognition is for certifying the highest number of homes in the BUILT TO SAVE™ program during 2019. For Villanueva Construction, this is the third year in a row that the company has earned this distinction. Magic Valley Electric Coop, as a steward of energy conservation, sponsors the BUILT TO SAVE™ program by providing incentives in the form of rebates to builders who participate in the initiative for homes in the company’s communities. MVEC has been a major contributor to improving the energy efficiency of homes and the quality of life for people. Because it is simpler to build homes to minimum code standards, builders like Villanueva Construction should be recognized for their commitment to energy-efficient construction. It is a decision that improves the quality of the construction process for the entire company and its subcontractors—and one that benefits their homebuyers the most.

Magic Valley Electric Coop is a proud sponsor of the BUILT TO SAVE™ Program.

PREVIOUS ENERGY EFFICIENT OUTSTANDING AWARDS 2017

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT BUILT TO SAVE™

Q & A If you have a question about the BUILT TO SAVE™ program, chances are you will find the answer here. If not, no worries. Please email us at info@BuiltToSave.org if you have other questions.

What is a BUILT TO SAVE™ certified home? A BUILT TO SAVE™ certified home is a new home that has been inspected and tested by a third-party RESNET home energy Rater during construction and after completion to verify that the highperformance BUILT TO SAVE™ program requirements were met. A BUILT TO SAVE™ home means homeowners will save more money on utilities compared to a similar home built only to minimum code and will provide more comfort, tighter construction, and better indoor air. Is a BUILT TO SAVE™ home the same as an ENERGY STAR® home? No. An ENERGY STAR® certification requires more extensive compliance with energy efficiency requirements than the BUILT TO SAVE™ certification. If a home qualifies as an ENERGY STAR® home, it automatically qualifies for the BUILT TO SAVE™ certification.

How do I know if the home I am buying is a BUILT TO SAVE™ certified home? Ask to see the BUILT TO SAVE™ certificate, which is issued to the builder for the homebuyer. You can also go to www.BuiltToSave.org and search for the home’s address under “Explore – Database of Certified Homes.” Email info@BuiltToSave.org if your address does not appear.

Can my builder certify a home as BUILT TO SAVE™ at any time? No. A home can only be certified as BUILT TO SAVE™ if the walls have not been put in place so that a pre-drywall inspection can be performed. Ideally, a home in the BUILT TO SAVE™ certification process should be started at the planning stage before construction begins. A thorough review of the floorplans, elevations, and Manual J in the planning stage is critical to ensure that the home will meet the requirements of the program once it is completed. When is the BUILT TO SAVE™ certificate issued? The BUILT TO SAVE™ certificate is only issued after the Rater submits the successfully completed checklists and photos of inspections and testing to the BUILT TO SAVE™ program.   How much does a BUILT TO SAVE™ certified home cost the builder? The certificate includes a decal with whole-house systems information for the utility box panel as required by code. The fee for both the certificate and the decal is $205. The pre-drywall inspection and the final inspection fees are typically about $450 and are paid directly to the Rater. Builders must be BUILT TO SAVE™ members, which requires a one-time annual fee of $150.

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How does a home qualify for BUILT TO SAVE™ certification? To qualify for BUILT TO SAVE™ certification, a home must have tight construction, energy efficient windows, properly installed insulation, and properly-sized heating, cooling, and ventilation (HVAC) systems, and achieve an Energy Rating Index score of 63 or less, or be at least 5-10% more energy efficient than code. The builder and the home must be registered with BUILT TO SAVE™.  What is an Energy Rating Index score? An Energy Rating Index score (ERI) is the nationally recognized standard of measuring the energy efficiency performance of a home. The ERI has become the industry standard used to calculate and predict the home’s energy use. While energy consumption of a home will vary depending upon personal factors associated with the occupants and their habits, an ERI score is still a good indicator of energy consumption. The lower the ERI score, the more energy efficient the home.

How is the ERI score calculated? To calculate a home’s ERI score, a certified RESNET Energy Rater does an energy rating on your home using specially designed software and equipment to test the home upon completion. The Rater works with the builder before construction to identify problem areas or improvements needed to ensure the house will achieve the lowest ERI score possible and meet the BUILT TO SAVE™ requirements.   What tests or inspections are performed by the Rater? The Rater does an onsite inspection after the insulation is installed and before the drywall is applied to ensure proper installation and that there are no areas where air can escape between the attic and the interior spaces of the home. Upon completion of the home, the Rater will measure the air tightness of the home using a blower door test and a duct test to test the leakiness of the ducts. Results of these tests, along with data from software analysis, are used to generate a final Energy Rating Index score for the home and ensure that the home is in compliance with the BUILT TO SAVE™ requirements.   How do I know if my new home is energy efficient? While most builders claim to build energy efficient homes, and while many do, the only way to be sure is to have verification by an independent third-party home energy Rater. If your home is certified as a BUILT TO SAVE™ home, there is no question that it is energy efficient, and you will have the Energy Rating Index score to know its projected energy efficiency performance.   How do I find a builder who builds BUILT TO SAVE™  certified homes? Go to www.BuiltToSave.org/find-a-builder


2019 LEADING ENERGY EFFICIENCY BUILDER

WALDO HOMES

Luis Waldo, Owner/Builder; Danny Waldo, Owner/Builder

ABOUT THE BUILDER Waldo Homes with its slogan “Award-Winning Custom Homes that Impress the Soul” distinguished itself by winning six awards for excellence in construction in this year’s local Parade of Homes competition—including the coveted “Best of Show.” The home’s striking exterior and richly detailed interior leave no doubt that the awards are well deserved. What is not so obvious, however, are the things one cannot see—what’s behind the walls—things that impact a home’s energy efficiency, its indoor comfort, and its long-lasting durability. The “Best of Show” home by Waldo Homes, in addition to winning all those awards, has the distinction of being certified in the BUILT TO SAVE™ program. What this means is that a third-party Rater inspected the home before the walls were put in and tested the home when it was finished to verify it as a high-

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performance home. Exquisite award-winning beauty and superior home performance are a winning combination for any home—especially a Waldo home.

COMPANY FACTS

Founded: 2004 Price Range: $150’s - $1 Mil Areas Served: Valleywide Construction Type: Residential BUILT TO SAVE™ Member Since: 2017 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty: Available

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COVER STORY

WALDO HOMES —A heart-winning builder

(L-R): Karen Waldo, Allison Waldo, Luis Waldo, Teresa Waldo, and Danny Waldo.

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eet Waldo Homes. A family-owned company in the Rio Grande Valley that has built a solid reputation for honest, personalized, and caring service by building some of the most outstanding custom homes you will ever find. The talented Waldo Homes team includes founder Luis Waldo, his wife Teresa, their daughter Karen, their son Danny, and his wife, Allison. Waldo Homes is all about family: as a family, they love what they do, and their wish is to help other families fall in love their new Waldo-built home. The company has won many awards for excellence in construction since its start in 2004. And this year, Waldo Homes was honored by their peers in the industry with six awards—the most of any builder in the area—including the coveted grand award: “Best of Show.” Yet while winning awards is impressive, what the Waldo Homes team is most proud of is winning the hearts of its customers who consistently recognize the company for its “excellence in customer service,” and for building homes that impress the soul. To build a home that makes that kind of impression takes a team with a passion for wanting to go above and beyond what customers would expect. From uniquely designed exteriors highlighted with beautiful accents—like a shining tile cupola— to majestically inspiring interiors that are rich in detail, to the

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complimentary blend of materials, colors, textures, and finishes, Waldo Homes are built to dazzle. Whether it’s a grand entrance with a curved marble stairway, custom designed ceilings, oversized natural tile flooring, or exotic granite countertops, the Waldo team works in synergy to create a vision of beauty and elegance that their customers had dreamed of. It’s a passion for wanting to amaze their buyers by what’s commonly called the “Waldo Wow Factor.” For the majority of us, buying a new home is the largest investment we will ever make, and we have the expectation that our investment is protected by quality construction and superior energy efficiency. But at a time when every home is always represented as having those qualities, how do can we know for sure? We can’t. Unless we’ve done our homework and chosen a builder carefully—one that builds certified high-performance homes. And for that, we ask for proof. Accordingly, if you are impressed with what your eyes see in a Waldo home, you’ll be happy to know that what’s behind the walls of the home is even more impressive. The company’s model home, which won the “Best of Show” mentioned above, was certified in the BUILT TO SAVE™ program as a highperformance home. A licensed, third-party home energy Rater was contracted to inspect the home while it was being


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(L-R) Luis Waldo, Owner/Builder; Danny Waldo, Owner/Builder

constructed and then to test it after completion to verify that the BUILT TO SAVE™ checklist of items was done. This ensured that the home would provide more comfort, better indoor air, and use less electricity than a similar home built to basic standards. If you combine the awesome beauty and elegance of what you can see in a Waldo home, with its certificate of high performance from BUILT TO SAVE™ for the things you can’t see, the effects of the “Waldo Wow Factor” are magnified by the peace of mind of knowing you are buying a truly great home. In continuing its success by listening to what customers want, Waldo Homes has expanded from building Mediterranean-style custom homes to now including homes with a contemporary and modern architectural style. Contemporary designs are ideal for homeowners who want a unique home, one that offers a simpler look yet one that stands out from the ordinary and will impress. This, of course, sounds like a perfect fit for Waldo Homes, and the introduction of the “Waldo Wow Factor 2.0” to a whole new type of customer. While other builders have tried to replicate Waldo Homes’ success by mimicking their unique architectural designs and ideas, the fact is, the company’s success is rooted in something that can never truly be duplicated—what the Waldo Homes team carries in their heart. The company’s culture is centered around family values and treating others as they themselves would like to be treated. The Waldo family would expect only the best if

they were the ones buying a home, so that is what their company provides: the very best—along with building a home with heart that wins the hearts of their buyers. Visit www.WaldoHomesRGV.com for more information, and make an appointment to tour their model home. Then get ready for an experience to remember!

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Look for the home that’s certified

BUILT TO SAVE™ This energy efficiency certification program identifies new homes built to outperform similar homes built only to minimum code.

HIGH-PERFORMANCE FEATURES:

RISE ABOVE ALL THE REST If you are building or buying a New Home, don’t settle for minimum standards. Ask your builder if they build homes with any of these high-performance certifications. Ask for the certificate. You’ll be glad you have it if you resell your home. DOE ZERO ENERGY READY HOME

This certification is awarded to homes that meet all of the criteria of the Department of Energy’s Energy Ready Home National Program. These homes are verified to be at least 40%-50% more energy efficient than a typical home. Zero Energy Ready Homes are so efficient that incorporating a renewable system can offset most or all annual energy consumption. Visit energy.gov for more information.

ENERGY STAR®

The ENERGY STAR® is a national program administered by the Department of Energy in conjunction with the Environmental Protection Agency. To earn the ENERGY STAR® certification, homes must meet strict construction and energy efficiency criteria verified by a third party. An ENERGY STAR® qualified home consumes 15% to 30% less energy than a similar home and provides better durability, more comfort, cleaner indoor air, and reduced maintenance costs. Visit energystar.gov for more information.

INDOOR AIRPLUS

The Indoor airPLUS is a program of the Environmental Protection Agency and is a companion label that can only be awarded to a home that has qualified for the ENERGY STAR® or Zero Energy Ready Home programs. The construction and system requirements of the Indoor airPlus program are designed to reduce contaminants to improve indoor air quality, including mold, moisture, radon, carbon monoxide, toxic chemicals, and other detriments found in poor air quality. Visit epa.gov for more information.

BUILT TO SAVE™ —

BUILT TO SAVE™ certified homes are inspected and tested by an independent third-party RESNET certified energy Rater.

Best Value!

The BUILT TO SAVE™ program is a regional energy efficiency program designed to provide a high-performance home that is “superior to code.” To receive the BUILT TO SAVE™ certification, homes must be inspected before drywall is installed to ensure proper insulation, and tested at the completion of construction to verify that the air leakage requirements of the program are met. A BUILT TO SAVE™ certification means the following: savings through low energy consumption, a more comfortable home, better indoor air quality, and less maintenance, all demanding a higher resale value for the home. Visit BuiltToSave.org for more information.

Find a BUILT TO SAVE™ Builder: www.BuiltToSave.org Blower door & duct leakage testing equipment.

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BUILT TO SAVE™ SUPPLIER MEMBERS UTILITY COMPANIES

BUILDING MATERIALS

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

SAVING WITH PRODUCTS The path to building a highperformance home begins with using the right energy-saving products across a whole range of categories—from insulation, to cooling and heating systems, to windows, roofing, and other materials that have a huge impact on energy consumption. Listed here are our BUILT TO SAVE™ Supplier Members that provide the products, equipment, or services that are major contributors to energy savings, and are important elements in reducing home energy rating scores to qualify for highperformance home certifications like the BUILT TO SAVE™ and ENERGY STAR® Programs.

REGISTER FOR THE BUILT TO SAVE™ PROGRAM To register for the BUILT TO SAVE™ Program, suppliers must provide products, equipment, or services that positively impact the construction of energy efficient building. Suppliers must go online to builttosave.org/registration/supplier and complete, sign, and submit the form along with an initial registration fee of $150, which includes a listing on the BUILT TO SAVE™ website for one year from registration.

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REAL ESTATE NEWS Affordable Homes of South Texas, Inc. Receives Award From BUILT TO SAVE™ & Magic Valley Electric Cooperative

(L-R) Abraham Quiroga, MVEC Business & Employee Development Division Manager, presenting the BUILT TO SAVE™ Award of Recognition to Tony Fernandez, Construction Manager for Affordable Homes of South Texas, Inc., a 501c3 Non-Profit Corporation that is dedicated to providing homeownership opportunities to low-income residents in South Texas. (www.AHSTI.org)

AFFORDABLE HOMES OF SOUTH TEXAS, INC., (AHSTI), received the 2019 “Most Homes Certified BUILT TO SAVE™ Award” for building the highest number of BUILT TO SAVE™ certified homes in the Non-Profit Builders’ division. Ever since 1976, the organization has been helping disadvantaged people achieve the dream of owning a home—and not just any home—a high-performance home. AHSTI’s homeownership program, primarily for households earning at or below 80% of the area’s median income, has improved their quality of life while making them contributing members of the community. AHSTI is committed 100% to high performance construction and qualifies every one of its homes in the ENERGY STAR® and BUILT TO SAVE™ programs to ensure that homeowners will enjoy lower utility bills every month and have homes with less maintenance. The organization has received the Environmental Protection Agency’s “ENERGY STAR Leadership in Housing” award for its exemplary commitment to the ENERGY STAR® Program.

A PROJECT OF Love & Compassion.

Any little bit of love you can send will make a huge difference!

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HOME SHOPPER NEWSLETTER

Sierra Title Of Hidalgo County Hosts Its 40th Annual Tamalada YES, FOR 40 YEARS, SIERRA TITLE of Hidalgo County has been hosting a Tamalada at its main branch office in McAllen, Texas. The Tamalada has long been a tradition for Sierra Title and is held annually to show the company’s appreciation to its extended family of customers and friends in the industry for their loyal support during the year. The event has become synonymous with the advent of the holiday season that begins with Thanksgiving—often just a few days away after the Tamalada takes place. Nothing makes a meal of hot tamales with rice and beans taste better than cold weather. And at this year’s Tamalada on November 13, we got exactly that. It was a cold day, but dry despite the previous rainy days. And with the help of thoughtfully placed heaters and warm smiles of those who attended, it was a comfortable and beautiful day for this wonderful occasion. Sierra Title’s yearly Tamalada allows us all to take some time out during the middle of a busy workday to enjoy a meal with acquaintances, friends, and family, and reminds us to appreciate all of the blessings that we should be thankful for. Our congratulations and appreciation go out to the staff and management of Sierra Title of Hidalgo County for 40 years of sharing with the community.

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THIRD-PARTY VERIFIED: √ √ √ √

Enhanced Home Comfort Lower Utility Bills Better Air Quality Peace of Mind

Insulation

HVAC

Being told that your home is energy efficient is not the same as getting written verification from a home energy Rater licensed by the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET). Home Energy Raters are trained home energy inspectors who use specialized equipment and software to inspect, test, and verify that a home has met the requirements of high-performance home programs like BUILT TO SAVE™.

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PROFESSIONAL HOME ENERGY RATERS ASK YOUR BUILDER IF YOUR NEW HOME HAS BEEN CERTIFIED

Chris Carroll (956) 455-7779 chris@carrollsinspectors.com www.carrollsinspectors.com

Luis Barrera (956) 284-6867 Cell (956) 645-1213 lbarrera@esquarehersrating.com

Jorge Maldonado (956) 271-2322 jm-92@outlook.com

Jose L. Garcia (956) 519-9593 prestigiousenergy@sbcglobal.net

Certifications: Home Energy Rater; ICC Energy Code Ambassador; Level 1 Thermographer; TREC Property Inspector; RESNET Member; RESNET Green Rater; LEED Accredited Green Rater; Building America Partner, & DOE Zero Ready Verifier.

Certifications: Home Energy Rater; HERS Rating for City, Certificate of Occupancy (C of O). Valleywide Service.

Certifications: Home Energy Rater; ENERGY STAR® New Home Certification, IECC Energy Code Building Inspections; Blower Door and AC Duct Testing; Weatherization Inspections.

Certifications: Home Energy Rater; RESNET Member; HVAC State License No. TACLB-21614E; ACCA Quality Assured V3 (New Homes) Contractor; Energy Star®; City Code Testing (Airflow & Air Balance Testing); Manual J Preparation & Review.

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The Blower Door Test and the Duct Blaster Test are used to calculate a home’s Energy Rating Index (ERI—also referred to as the HERS score). Like miles per gallon (MPG) which measure the fuel efficiency of a car, an ERI (or HERS) score is an excellent predictor of a home’s energy efficiency—the lower the score, the higher the efficiency.

BLOWER DOOR TESTS measure the leakiness of the home’s envelope— how much air comes in and goes out through the roof, windows, doors, and other openings in the home. Required by code after Sept. 1, 2016.

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DUCT BLASTER TESTS measure leaks in the joints and seams of the ductwork in the heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) system. Required by code after Sept. 1, 2016 unless in conditioned space.


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HOMEBUYING ADVICE

A Borrower’s Checklist

What You’ll Need For Your Home Loan Application It’s exciting to buy a new home. However, there are a lot of steps that go into this process, especially when it comes to your mortgage. Lenders need to know more about you to decide how much money they can lend you and at what interest rate. Being prepared to provide this information will make your homebuying experience much simpler and easier. So if you’ve recently found your dream home, here are the items you’ll need to gather in order to speak with a lender.

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Sales Contract and Property Information Once you decide on which home you want to buy, the next step is to make an offer. If the seller accepts your bid, then you’ll complete a signed agreement. This document contains all of the terms and details between you and the seller with regard to this real estate transaction. You will need to bring this signed agreement (also known as a sales contract) to the lender. You may also need to provide contact information for people who can access the property.

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Personal Information Your mortgage lender will ask for a list of information regarding you. In particular, be sure you have the following information and documents ready: • Your home address for the last two years • The name and address of current landlord/ mortgage holder (if applicable) • Your driver’s license • Your social security information • A dollar amount for what you pay now for housing

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Income and Employment History Lenders need to know how you will pay your mortgage. They will likely ask for your federal tax returns (1040s) and any other information to verify your income. If you work for someone else, you may be asked to supply: • Pay stubs signed by a company rep (paper or online versions) • A minimum two years of employment history and contact information for those employers

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• One month’s worth of paystubs • W2 forms and tax returns for two years prior (especially for commission income and/or unreimbursed expenses) • If you were unemployed during the last two years (or employed less than two years), a letter that explains this gap If you work for yourself, you’ll be asked to show: • That your business earns money • That your business is well managed (you need to show that revenue has increased and/or costs have gone down) • Your company Balance Sheet (Profit and Loss statement) • Personal tax returns for two years • Corporate tax returns (if applicable) Alternate income you may be asked to prove: • Pension income • Social security income • Other forms of income not generated through employment, such as awards letters, trust funds, etc.

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Liabilities and debts Lenders want to know how much you owe and how well you pay back loans. Your credit history will show this information. If you have past issues with bad credit, you will need to provide a written explanation about what happened. If you have had any bankruptcies in the past seven years, you’ll need to provide documentation that fully details it, as well as legal proof of discharge of the bankruptcy from your credit history and verification that you have satisfied the waiting period to apply for a mortgage. If you own other land or have other mortgages, you will need to provide tax and insurance documentation for them, as well.

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Commonly Overlooked New Home Expenses

If you’re planning on buying your first home, you’re probably already educating yourself about the obvious costs involved: the “sticker price” of the home, the mortgage, the down payment, the earnest money, the fees for credit checks, closing costs, inspections, and so forth. But if you’ve been an apartment dweller, you may not have considered the other costs that figure into the purchase process—or the ones that continue to affect you long after you’ve moved in. So now’s the time to get out your calculator and get a reality check. After all, you’re making what is quite likely to be the biggest investment of your life, and this is the time to be the wisest, most informed consumer that you can possibly be.

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Let’s start with moving costs. There’s the cost of the moving service or rental moving van and gas. Plus boxes, packing tape, and pizza for the family and friends who lend you their muscles and time.

conditioner going out. You might even be able to pay extra and have the warranty cover the small machinery—as well as give you an option to renew it after one year.

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Next, the utilities —water, cable, electricity, gas, garbage service, telephone, etc. Perhaps when you lived in an apartment, some or all of these things were covered in your monthly rent. But when you’re a homeowner, you’re responsible for your own utility bills—and some of them will require a deposit. Of course, your water, electric, and gas bills will vary from month to month and from season to season because of the weather. The size of your home, your appliances and electronics, and your personal choices regarding comfort levels in heating and air conditioning will also make impacts on your monthly utility bills. Will you need to purchase major appliances? More than likely, your apartment was furnished with a refrigerator and stove, a microwave, a dishwasher, and access to a washer and dryer. But you’ll probably need to set aside funds to buy at least some of these items for a new home.

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Consider what furniture you’ll need in a new home. Chances are, you’ll have more space and more rooms to furnish in a home than you would in an apartment. And you might want a fresh design or “look” that coordinates with the style and architecture of your new place. So think about budgeting for this. But wait until after you’re actually a signedsealed-and-delivered homeowner before you make any furniture or appliance purchases on credit. That’s because you don’t want any “big ticket” purchases to show up on your credit report. Mortgage lenders take into consideration all of your debt when they run a credit check. So wait until after you move in before you start filling up the house.

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Figure in homeowners insurance and property taxes. There’s no getting around these two things—they’re absolute essentials. It would be a good idea to get a realistic estimate of what property taxes will run—you don’t want any unpleasant, unexpected surprises come tax-paying time! As for homeowners insurance, it protects your home in case it’s destroyed by fire or other calamities. A standard policy should cover at the very least the value of your home and/or the mortgage loan amount. You also need to purchase flood insurance if your home is within a flood plain; it’s a requirement as a condition of closing.

Landscaping, security, and upkeep costs have to be considered. Putting in a lawn, shrubbery, trees, and flowers—then maintaining them year ‘round—not only require work, but money. You might also want to consider things like a sprinkler system, and a lawn/garden care service—if you don’t plan on buying a lawn mower and other gardening tools and doing it yourself. As for a security system, insurance companies see it as a good idea. So good, in fact, that a monitored security system can sometimes get you a nice-sized discount on your homeowners insurance. Not to mention some peace of mind.

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If your home is in a restricted or gated community, you may also be required to pay Homeowners Association membership and/or maintenance fees. And don’t forget to check your deed restrictions before you move large things like your boat or your RV to your new home. You might find that they’re not allowed, which means you’re going to have to pay to store them elsewhere. Still think being a homeowner is the smart way to go? Well, you’re right—it is. Yes, it may be a little overwhelming at first. And sure, it can be a costly proposition. But there are definitely rewarding reasons for owning your own home—especially financially. For instance, when it comes to investment value, it really beats renting (think of all that money spent with nothing to show for it). And keep in mind that a house is a marketable commodity; in some cases, it could be a much safer investment than many stocks and bonds. Besides, the advantages of home ownership really stack up high in the long run. You’ll have proof of that come April 15th--Tax Day.


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REAL ESTATE NEWS What Are You Breathing Inside Your Home?

Morrison Supply Hosts Frigidaire® Lunch-In Morrison Supply Company recently held a personal Lunch-In gathering to showcase its Frigidaire® product line which includes the Frigidaire® Professional Refrigerator that features humidity-controlled adjustable crisper drawers, a Smudge-Proof™ stainless steel finish, and easy-access adjustable shelving. Rosie Lopez, Branch Manager, hosted the lunch-hour event at the company’s showroom located at 5401 North 10th Street in McAllen, Texas, for builders, remodelers, and related trades. Attendees got to experience first-hand the new, exciting innovations in the Frigidaire® line. Morrison Supply’s spacious showroom features a large selection of leading brand appliances, plumbing fixtures, bathtubs, cabinet hardware, and accessories. Not only for Lunch-In attendees, Morrison’s well-stocked showroom offers a hands-on environment where any customer can touch and explore fully functioning interactive product displays for a personalized shopping experience. If you did not attend the Lunch-In…no problem. Bring your remodeling or building plans to Morrison Supply and take advantage of the company’s knowledgeable and experienced sales consultants for advice, ideas, and inspiration for your kitchen or bathroom project. You’ll find everything you need at Morrison Supply to fully express your individual style. Morrison Supply has been serving the Rio Grande Valley for over 14 years with locations in McAllen, Harlingen, and Brownsville. For more information, contact Rosie Lopez at (956) 522-2442.

(L-R) Chris Carroll (Carroll’s Inspection Services), Olga Treviño (Divine Custom Homes.)

WHEN WE PURCHASE A NEW HOME, healthy indoor air is something we assume we will get, but that may not always be the case. According to the EPA, Americans spend an average of 90% of their time indoors where, most often, the concentrations of some pollutants are 2 to 5 times higher than is typically found in outdoor air. Ironically, some of those concentrations have increased over the last decade due to improved energy efficient construction practices that don’t provide proper mechanical ventilation to ensure an appropriate fresh air exchange. Another reason is the increasing growth in the number of products that contaminate indoor air. So how can you lower the risk of poor indoor air quality—especially if someone in your family has respiratory problems like asthma, allergies, and chronic sinusitis? It’s easy! The simplest solution is to look for a home certified in the BUILT TO SAVE™ and/or ENERGY STAR® programs that use a third-party inspector to verify compliance in areas that improve indoor air quality. As well, the best certification or label to look for is the EPA’s Indoor airPLUS label, which requires construction practices and product specifications that minimize exposure to airborne pollutants and contaminants. The good news for home shoppers in the Rio Grande Valley is that Divine Custom Homes (featured on pages 11 & 29) includes the airPLUS label as an extension of its 100% commitment to the ENERGY STAR® program. Olga Trevino, builder/owner of Divine Custom Homes, is to date the only builder who has qualified her homes as Indoor airPLUS. True to her company’s culture, she is not satisfied unless she is giving her customers the best—and mediocre to poor indoor air quality is not the best. Buying a home with an Indoor airPLUS label is not just ideal, it’s DIVINE. Visit www.epa.gov/indoorairplus for more information.

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(L-R) Karla Garza, New Homes Guide; Ben Cecil, South Texas Rep for Frigidaire®; Rosie Lopez, Morrison’s Branch Manager; Laura Soria, New Homes Guide.


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Rio Grande Valley Parade Of Homes Scheduled For April 18-19 & 25-26, 2020 Plans are underway for the 2020 RGVBA Parade of Homes in the Rio Grande Valley. Builders have already begun to enter their homes in what promises to be another exciting display of homes and a successful fundraiser for the RGVBA. The Parade of Homes features homes in a variety of sizes and prices in scattered communities throughout the Rio Grande Valley. The entry fee for builders increases every month until February 28, the cut-off date to enter the 2020 Parade. Builders must be members of the Rio Grande Valley Builders Association to participate. The organization’s Associate members are urged to participate in the Supplier Discount Program, which is free to members and allows them the opportunity to build customer relationships with Parade builders by providing incentives for products or services purchased for Parade homes. For more information on the Parade, please call RGVBA (956) 686-2932, or email rgvbam@sbcglobal.net , or go to www.RGVBA.org to download a Parade entry form, an RGVBA membership form, or to participate in the Supplier Discount Program for 2020.

Texas Association of Builders and Local Utility Companies Present Seminar for Valley Builders The Rio Grande Valley Builders Association (RGVBA) in partnership with the highperformance home initiative, BUILT TO SAVE™, hosted a seminar for builders and building industry professionals on Wednesday, October 30, 2019, at the Radisson Hotel McAllen Airport in McAllen, Texas. The seminar included a presentation from the Texas Association of Builders (TAB) on the new 2019-2021 Texas Residential Construction Contracts package. TAB’s presenter, Don Shelton, (Bush Rudnicki Shelton, P.C.), spoke about the new legislatively-mandated requirements, including over 50 additions and enhancements made to the various contracts and agreements in the new contracts package. The new contracts are available only to TAB members and can be purchased online at members.texasbuilders.org/store/ for $399.99 (plus tax). The luncheon meeting also included presentations from Luis Adame (Texas Gas Service); Garrett Dorsey III (AEP Texas); Abraham Quiroga (Magic Valley Electric Cooperative); and Jose Vielma (BUILT TO SAVE™). The utility companies spoke about the many generous rebates that are available to builders, and, in the case of Texas Gas Service, also homebuyers. The generous rebates are based on a variety of criteria specific to each program. You are urged to contact the company representatives for specifics on their rebate program. The RGVBA’s executive director, Marcy Alamia, hosted the successful meeting which included a delicious lunch, many gift card giveaways, and other door prizes for the attending builders. In addition to the above-named utility companies, the event was also sponsored by Sierra Title of Hidalgo County. To become a member of the RGVBA (which includes membership in TAB and NAHB), please contact the RGVBA office at (956) 686-2932 or email rgvbam@sbcglobal.net for more information.

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NORTH POINTE North Pointe subdivision is a cozy 12 lot community on only one street with no through traffic for enhanced privacy. This conveniently located community offers hard-to-find homesites in the very popular area of North McAllen, and is minutes away from shopping centers, restaurants, houses of worship, and much more. North Pointe is exclusively owned by the award-winning builder, Villa Homes, and will feature beautifully designed and master-crafted homes starting in the $230’s. Bring your custom home dream to the Villa Homes team—masters of style and craftsmanship.

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Contact: (956) 431-0173 | (956) 584-7711 | info@villahomesrgv.com ISD: McAllen - (956) 618-6000 | Elem: Perez Elementary | Mid: Morris Jr High | High School: McAllen High School

STONE RIDGE ESTATES If your family has been looking for the perfect place to build your new home in McAllen - look no further! Stoneridge Estates, the newest community in North McAllen, offers the best of uptown living yet still remains quietly nestled in a fantastic location. Your family will enjoy living in a community located minutes from major shopping and dining and only blocks from top-rated schools, a new baseball park, and a police sub-station! Only a limited number of lots are available within this gated subdivision being developed in the heart of North McAllen, so reserve yours today!

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Homes from the $230’s (includes lot). Lots starting at $61,900

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Gated community. Call to reserve your lot today. Take advantage of discounted pre-construction prices on lots in Vendome, a planned gated community on North Ware Road in McAllen. Vendome is located within walking distance to IDEA Academy and to Texas A&M University and is minutes from the University of Texas RGV. This privately gated and fenced neighborhood features a walking park and high-speed internet. Pre-construction pricing starting at $46,900. PHASE II now open for sales!

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Contact: (956) 391-5952 | Builders Welcome!

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Lot Prices from the $50’s. Homes from the $225’s

ISD: Edinburg - (956) 289-2300 | Elem: Anne Magee | Mid: Elias Longoria | High School: Vela | Charter: IDEA

CALL NOW AND GET $2,000 OFF LOT PRICE!

VILLAS DE SANTIAGO

MCALLEN

Location! Location!! Location!!! Villas De Santiago is an architecturally Trenton Rd. controlled subdivision located in the heart of North McAllen and features premium infrastructure provided by SPECTRUM, AEP, and TEXAS GAS SERVICE, along with close proximity to Starbucks, Sam’s, Target, HEB, Olive Robin Ave. Garden, Rayburn Elem., DHR, and more. With homes starting in the $230’s, choose from various premier models that start at 1,800 sf of living, or sit Nightingale Ave. down with an in-house builder and architect to create your own customized layout. Have a builder? Then choose from a selection of available lots starting in the low $50’s. Villas De Santiago–Urban, Modern, & Customizable! Model Home Open Daily.

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Contact: A.G. Adame, Developer/Sales (956) 271-5064 E Villas De Santiago McAllen

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ISD: McAllen - (956) 618-6000 | Elem: Rayburn | Mid: Morris | High School: McAllen

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LUMEN at Los Lagos Golf Club

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A gated neighborhood just minutes from UT-RGV. This newly developed community offers residential lots in a privately gated community in quiet North Edinburg. It is located minutes from the University of Texas RGV, shopping, dining, and entertainment, with quick access to Expressway I-69. Lots are available from $45,000. Architectural restrictions and a Homeowners Association will ensure the beauty of the neighborhood and the value of your property. A minimum of 1,500 square feet of living area is required. Download our lots sheet and choose your favorite lot today.

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THE HILLS at Chapin

Contact: Manuel Cantu (956) 821-8180 | riocantu@yahoo.com

Lot Prices from the $45’s

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The Montecito, Red Rock Development’s latest new home community, is now available for lot sales in North Edinburg off Monte Cristo Road. This private gated community features affordable lots in Block 1 from the $40’s with homes from 1,500 sq. ft. and in Block 2 from the $30’s with homes from 1,200 sq. ft. of living area, and each having two community entrances. A Homeowners Association and architectural controls ensure that the beauty of the neighborhood is maintained. Located minutes from UT-RGV with easy access to Expy. 281 (I-69). Edinburg Schools and all city utilities apply.

Contact: Manuel Cantu (956) 821-8180 | riocantu@yahoo.com

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city of Edinburg. Located one block from Interstate-69 (formerly known as Expressway 281), The Heights on Wisconsin is minutes from hospitals, clinics, recreation, entertainment, and is also close to fine dining, shops, and leisure activities. Affordable luxury living and location will be the focal points of this new 26 acre development. Also, the Phase II community will be perfect for first-time homebuyers as well as “forever home” families. Reserve your lot with only $1,500 down!

PHASE 2 COMING SOON!

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Lumen Subdivision is one of the newest neighborhoods in the masterFreddy N Gonzalez planned golf course community of Los Lagos in Edinburg, Texas. Lumen 69C Iowa subdivision is gated and surrounded by Los Lagos’ 18-hole golf course, Los Lag os designed by the world-renowned firm of Von Hagge, Selek & Baril. The community features 121 spacious lots from 7,318 sq. ft. to 10,369 sq. ft., 281 almost all of them with serene golf course views. Residents can enjoy Canton Rd. being close to schools, medical facilities, business districts, H-E-B Park, the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley, and Bert Ogden Arena, and have quick access to the Expressway.

Lots starting in the low $50’s

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IMPERIAL OAKS

Stewart Rd

Excellent prices for a gated community! Imperial Oaks is a newly planned residential community located on Stewart Road in the prestigious Sharyland school district in quiet north Mission. The community is privately gated, and 46 homesites are now available for sale. The neighborhood will include architectural quality control standards and a 1,200 sq. ft. living minimum housing requirement. Imperial Oaks will offer outstanding quality homes from Meza Construction. Choose your homesite now while selection is open.

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4 Mile Line

Contact: Everardo Villarreal | (956) 624-2879 (956) 929-7464 | mezahomesinc@aol.com

Homes from the $160’s (including lot)

ISD: Sharyland - (956) 580-5200 | Elem: Jessie L Jensen | Mid: Sharyland North | High School: Sharyland Pioneer

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With a top-notch location Mid-Valley and rapid access to Expressway 83, King Estates is Weslaco’s premier privately gated new home community. On top of being in an ideal location to get to the Upper Valley, the Lower Valley, the beach, or Mexico, King Estates offers large affordable lots in the low $40s, city utilities, and homes with a required minimum 1,700 sq.ft. of living area. And, best of all, no worries about flooding since this community has its own 7 million gallon drainage ditch nearby! Live where quality is King!

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Contact: Margie Perez (956) 782-5464 | (808) 202-7878 www.kingestates.us | E King Estates Weslaco ISD: Weslaco - (956) 969-6500 | Elem: Airport | Mid: Central | High School: Weslaco East

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