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VA Adds A Green Appraiser to Their Panel Of Appraisers in Southern California

Starting next week the VA in San Diego will have an appraiser that is well qualified to appraise energy-efficient and green properties.    Rene Seabourne of Southern California Appraisal Services, Inc has been added to list of fee panel appraisers for the VA loan program.

Ms. Seabourne is one of the few appraisers in the country qualified to appraise green and energy efficiency properties and now our vets will be able to take advantage of her expertise.  Ms Seabourne not only is a Certified Residential Real Estate Appraiser but she is a BPI Certified Building Analyst, a Certified Green Real Estate Professional and Certified Solar System Designer.

Ms. Seabourne has been called on numerous times to help homeowners rebut prior appraisals that gave no adjustment for energy upgrades and solar systems.  “Every week I get calls from homeowners telling me they did not get credit (adjustment) for their energy upgrades or their solar system and were told there is no value because there are no comps to support value.  Every case is unique but there are other ways of determining value beside available comps; and most appraisers are not aware of the other methods or just do not know how to do an energy-efficient property”.

Energy efficient properties will only increase in the future and make sure you get the value you deserve.  Request a qualified “green” appraiser from your lender to insure you get the value for your upgrades.

If you have any questions about “green” property appraisals contact the appraisers at www.scappraisals.com

Ms. Seabourne is the chief residential appraiser at Southern California Appraisal Services located in San Diego and is also a certified FEMA inspectors as well as her other accomplishments.  Ms Seabourne will continue doing conventional appraisal work as well as her VA work.  Call the experts at Southern California Appraisal Services for your appraisal needs.

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Green Buildings for Tough Times


Start with the basic principles that govern how energy crosses a building enclosure: convection (air leakage), conduction (movement through walls, for example), and radiation (of sunlight through windows, for example). I choose building components that best address energy flow by design, and that require proper installation, but not extra labor and skills, to make them work.

Can we build an energy-efficient, stick-framed envelope insulated with fiberglass? Sure, but it takes a lot of work and requires skill, persistence, and a ton of caulk. Air leaks through stick-framed walls at the top and bottom plates; between the drywall and the sheathing; around windows and doors; and through light fixtures, switches, and outlets.

Does energy efficient upgrades add value to your home?  Contact the appraisers at www.scappraisals.com for your value questions.


We can still use stick framing and dramatically reduce air leakage with properly applied sprayed polyurethane foam, reducing the need to caulk holes from wiring or plumbing. Foam costs 3 or 4 times as much as fiberglass, but if it’s applied as directed, it fits tightly, insulates, and doubles as an excellent air seal—far better than fiberglass. If we’re concerned about heat loss through studs, we can either  shear the exterior with rigid foam sheathing, or better yet, use SIPs, which eliminate a great deal of framing lumber.


I spray open-cell foam directly to the underside of the roof deck, from the ridge down to the tops of the walls, creating a conditioned attic. This stops air leakage to the outside through any penetration in the ceiling, eliminates the need for roof ventilation, and does not, in my opinion, lead to premature deterioration of the shingles. All HVAC supply and return ducts are within the conditioned space, access to plumbing and wiring in the attic is simplified, and recessed ceiling lights need not be airtight or protected from insulation. Admittedly this insulation method costs more, both because foam costs more than fiberglass, and because there’s more surface area to cover. Nevertheless, foam seals out air leakage better than fiberglass, and the home’s energy performance is greatly improved.

Read entire article at: http://www.homeenergy.org/show/article/magazine/130/nav/issues/id/1868?utm_source=June+4%2C+2013+e-newsletter&utm_campaign=HEM+Enewsletter&utm_medium=email

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Green Remodeling: Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

Imagine you live in your green dream home. It’s extremely energy-efficient, but also beautiful, comfortable and perfectly suited to your needs. Are you picturing a brand new house? Think again — you can likely turn your current house into your dream home with smart green remodeling.

Will energy efficiency add value to your home?  Contact the appraisers at www.scappraisals.com for your value questions.


Plus, the amount of money you can save with energy upgrades is often more than you might think. Russ Rudy, a builder and energy-efficiency expert who has done numerous gut rehabs of homes in the Midwest, says he helps homeowners get energy savings of up to 75 percent when he’s able to rework a house from top to bottom. Even with less intensive work, significantly cheaper energy bills are possible. The nonprofit organization Historic Green, based in Kansas City, Mo., has been doing a series of energy retrofits in one of the city’s neighborhoods. The organization reports it has been able to cut some homes’ energy use in half, resulting in an average cost savings of $100 per month on energy bills.



Those are substantial energy savings, but why stop there? If you’re doing a major home overhaul, you can go one step further and add passive solar design features to optimize your home’s natural heating, cooling and daylighting. And you can just as easily add renewable energy features — such as solar electric panels or a solar water heater — to an old home as you can to a new one. Many green remodeling projects can be done on a tight budget — you just have to start thinking through what’s possible.

Read more: http://www.motherearthnews.com/green-homes/green-remodeling-zm0z13jjzsor.aspx?newsletter=1&utm_content=05.24.13+GEGH&utm_campaign=2013+GEGH&utm_source=iPost&utm_medium=email#ixzz2UK0ylJW5

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