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Thinking About Going Solar? A Few Things to Consider:

As you drive around neighborhoods you’ll see more and more people with Solar Panels on their roofs. It might even make you think that maybe it’s time for you to get with the Solar Program, but should you? Solar has the potential to be cost effective, and some think that going solar is also trendy. So it might seem like a good idea, but is it really? With every pro there’s a con, and sometimes things can be overlooked when a decision is made. So here are some things to consider before making the decision to switch to solar.

First, and most importantly, you must consider cost. If you’re going solar because you want to save money, you really need to look at the cost and return. Solar panels, and installation fees are not cheap. In fact the average total cost for a complete solar panel installation is 25… thousand dollars. That means it will take roughly fifteen years before you actually start saving money. However, some companies do in fact subsidize up to 75% of the cost, but that’s rare, and even then you still have to wait 4 years before you see any return. So do some math, and do some research. See what you qualify for, and if it’s even worth it.

Any points after this will assume that either A. You see a monetary value and are getting solar, or B. You want to try and save the Polar Bears and minutely reduce your carbon footprint. Either way, you’re planning on getting solar and there are still a couple of other things to consider. Next on the list would be location and configuration. What I mean by this is that the topography, the way your house faces, the location in the country, and the size of your roof all have an effect on your ability for complete solar use. If your house has not spent enough time in the sunlight, you won’t be getting enough solar power for your home. This means you will still be paying the electricity company, or your lights will go out. So do some research, and make sure home gets enough light.

Lastly, you have to consider aesthetics. You may laugh at the thought, since you don’t care if solar makes your house looks bad, but your HOA or your city might. You may come to find that your solar panels are in a violation of HOA or city codes, and you could end up with a fine. So as usual, do some research, make sure getting solar will not also give you a fine.

If you’re looking to switch to solar, and perhaps want to move to a house with Solar, give National Realty Group a visit or a call. We will be sure to do the best we can to get you into that green home you so desire.


About National Realty Group

National Realty Group was founded in October 1991 by Jeff Maas. It started as a two man office but soon grew to a medium sized office. One of the original agents formed a new home development company soon after. Steven Walker Homes is now a large national home builder. Southfork Mortgage Company Corp. was founded in April 1990 by the owner of a large home builder. Jeff Maas stepped in as its Broker in September 1993. With the help of Jeff Evens, Jeff Maas was able to expand the company. In July 1994, the owner of Southfork retired and Jeff Maas and Jeff Evens purchased the company. They continued the growth and soon built it into a multi-million dollar corporation. National Realty Group remained separate until Jeff Maas sold it to Southfork Mortgage in 1996. This allowed the owners to expand National Realty Group while allowing its agents to provide mortgage services to their clients. In 1996, a branch office of Southfork and NRG was opened in San Bernardino. It was later moved to Redlands in the most well-known office in the city. In 1998, they opened an office in Temecula in the Temecula Valley Bank office. The offices were expanded and closed 45 million in real estate and loan transactions in 1998. In 1999, Jeff Maas purchased the company from Jeff Evens becoming sole owner and broker. Shortly after the name was changed to National One Mortgage Corp. The company outgrew its 3000 square foot office in Riversideand moved to a building of approximately 6000 square feet. The growth continued at a spectacular rate. The company grew to over 40 agents within one year. The expansion continued with the addition of 2800 square feet and later adding more space for a combined total of nearly 13,000 square feet. At our peak we had over 125 agents and 12 employees in the Riverside office alone. During the summer of 2003, we opened an office in Temecula at the corner of Rancho California and Margarita. This office was soon bursting at the seams with 42 agents and 3 full time employees. Due to the increased demand for our unique programs, by the public and real estate agents, offices were opened in Corona and Ontario in early 2005. The year saw more amazing growth with offices opening in Moreno Valley, Hemet, Las Vegas and Norco. Rancho Cucamonga and Phoenix opened the first part of 2006. A Murrieta office opened summer of 2007. The economy has not been kind to many real estate and mortgage companies. We have remained strong and successful. Our business model of a One-Stop Shop provides the exact service and convenience the Home-Buying public desires and needs.


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