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  • 1 Coloma, Irvine – Northpark Square
  • Private Cul-de-Sac!
  • 4 Bedroom/3 Baths/3,400 sqft
  • 3-car garage

SOLD for $573,000

  • 177 Lockford, Irvine – Northpark
  • ​MOVE-IN Ready!
  • 3 bedroom/2 Baths/1,547 sqft.

SOLD for $1,170,000

  • 6 Calistoga, Irvine – Northpark
  • Model-like Home!
  • 4 Bedroom/3 baths/2,839 sqft

 

Coming Soon on January 30th – Irvine’s New Homes

greenpointratedWithin weeks The 2010 New Home Collection neighborhoods are set to debut! Mark your calendar for Saturday, January 30th as 8 new neighborhoods grand open in the Villages of Woodbury & Woodbury East. Once you tour these 25 new floor plan designs, you’ll discover one that is just right for you and your family!
The Villages of Irvine has adopted a “Built It Green” program that encourages builders to combine design and conservation which allows consumers to measure how green these homes are. A GreenPoint Rated home is healthier to live in, and more energy efficient.
For more information, visit www.villagesofirvine.com

World’s First Reusable Bag Organizer

Reusable bags are everywhere! They’ve taken up residence in the backseat of your car, you recall stashing them somewhere in the kitchen but have no idea where, and they never seem to be in your hands when you arrive at the front of the line in the grocery store. There must be an easier way. Thankfully, now there is. The Tote Buddy neatly organizes your reusable bags, allowing you to keep them nearby and handy for every shopping trip. Its sleek design lets you keep it in the pocket of your car door or lay it right on the passenger seat. It doesn’t get any easier than this. Gone are the days of forgetting your bags! The Tote Buddy is here to make your life easier. Plus, it helps you do the right thing for the planet. No more paper or plastic bags filling our oceans and landfills. See, life just got a whole lot simpler. The Tote Buddy is made of 100% recyclable materials and is available in black or floral. It even comes with heavy duty reusable bags, which will last you for years. It’s the perfect shopping companion—and the perfect gift for everyone on your list, even you!

Available online at www.TheToteBuddy.com

First-Time Buyers Tax Credit

The Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009 has extended the tax credit of up to $8,000 for qualified first-time home buyers purchasing a principal residence. The tax credit now applies to sales occurring on or after January 1, 2009 and on or before April 30, 2010. However, in cases where a binding sales contract is signed by April 30, 2010, a home purchase completed by June 30, 2010 will qualify.

For sales occurring after November 6, 2009, the Act establishes income limits of $125,000 for single taxpayers and $225,000 for married couples filing joint returns.

The income limits for sales occurring on or after January 1, 2009 and on or before November 6, 2009, are $75,000 for single taxpayers and $150,000 for married taxpayers filing joint returns.

General Information

Homebuyers who purchased a home in 2008, 2009 or 2010 may be able to take advantage of the first-time homebuyer credit. The credit:

Applies only to homes used as a taxpayer’s principal residence.

Reduces a taxpayer’s tax bill or increases his or her refund, dollar for dollar.

Is fully refundable, meaning the credit will be paid out to eligible taxpayers, even if they owe no tax or the credit is more than the tax owed.

The credit is claimed using Form 5405, which you file with your original or amended tax return.

For more information, go to irs.gov

9 Green Resolutions for 2010

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There is nothing that inspires us to start doing everything better like the prospect of starting the new year afresh.

And the promise and excitement of a new year provides the perfect opportunity to pledge your allegience to greener living. (more…)

8 Steps to Saving Water at Home

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With “blue as the new green“, it’s not only economical to find ways to save—it’s absolutely essential!  Water is our sustainer, central to all life on this planet.  How we save determines whether or not clean water is around for future generations and creature cohabitants of our planet.

Here are 8 steps to help you flex your water conservation power: (more…)

Natural Home & Garden: Cork and Bamboo

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By: Michelle Graziose Webb, Live Green Online Magazine.

The floors of our homes and offices constitute nearly as much surface area as the walls that surround us. Just as more people are choosing healthy paints and natural materials for their walls, an increasing number of shoppers are choosing natural flooring materials that are environmentally friendly to both our indoor and outdoor environments.

Bamboo and cork have joined wool carpeting as popular, beautiful, affordable — and sustainable — flooring alternatives for families and businesses.

Bamboo is an Asian grass that matures in seven years, making its harvest very sustainable. After milling, drying and finishing, bamboo is harder than teak, according to Jerry Steele, owner of The Carpet Line in Boulder, CO, which sells a full line of ecological flooring. (more…)

2010 Eco-Friendly Holiday Gift Guide

Sustainable Bamboo Coasters
Try something new for your holiday gifts this year. Attractive bamboo coasters are an earth conscious way to get your brand recognized year after year. Bamboo is an environmentally friendly and sustainable alternative choice. Bamboo coaster sets also add an earthy, wholesome look to your brand and make perfect gifts while on a budget.

Sustainable Bamboo Gifts
Browse our selection of bamboo products for stylish gifts to end the year on the right foot. PrintGlobe has an excellent array of bamboo products from chic photo frames, gorgeous pen holders, decorative bamboo plants, sleek business car holders and more. Our selection of bamboo gifts will make a lasting impression for years to come, while showing your support for a green environment. (more…)

Change a Bulb, Change Everything

It only takes 18 seconds to change a light bulb. Save energy and cash now by switching to Energy Star to CFL bulbs, available nearly everywhere light bulbs are sold.

California Academy of Science: The World's Greenest Public Building

image When the California Academy of Science reopens in Sept. 27, 2008 in San Francisco. It will be the greenest museum in the world with its $488 million undertaking, employing discarded blue jeans for insulation and scores of windows for natural light, etc…

An architectural eco-wonder, it’s designed to sustain and inspire guests by mixing existing exhibits with climate-change demonstrations inside a space that also nudges visitors to think hard about conservation.

The Orange County Register offers  a floor-by-floor multimedia graphic detailing the building’s features. for your review.

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Costly Leaky Faucets!

Do you have a leaky faucet? Then maybe you should look into it to see how much water you would be wasting…per day, per month, or even per year! It will only take a minute to perform this test. All you need to do is count how many drips of water the faucet produces in one minute…check out this website and find out how much it would cost you to have a leaky faucet. American Water Works Association