Looking for a new home? Here are four things to consider:

Posted on Dec 31, 2015 |

An energy-efficient home is a comfortable and more affordable home

Posted on Dec 30, 2015 |


Homeowners should consider the importance of using green building practices and having an energy-efficient home. Both are key factors that can not only support the environment but also improve the quality of life for you and your family.


Simply put, an energy-efficient home is a more comfortable home throughout each season of the year. It’s warmer in winter and cooler in the summer. And that makes it less costly for you to maintain. An energy-efficient home will ensure your family is comfortable throughout the year.

How an energy-efficient home makes your life better

One of the principles of green building is energy efficiency through the life-cycle of the home—and that includes all the materials that go into constructing it. Studies show buildings constructed primarily of wood use less energy in the construction phase than buildings made of concrete, brick or steel.

Another principle of energy efficiency in home building is reducing air leakage through the “building envelope”—the walls, doors, window and other barriers between the inside and the outside of the home. Better insulation in walls, ceilings and floors, as well as windows that reduce the transfer of thermal energy, make a huge difference in improving energy efficiency. Sealing cracks or narrow openings around doors and windows also aids in constructing an energy-efficient home.

The design of a home can also affect its energy consumption. “Daylighting” refers to the practice of positioning windows to allow more natural light inside, reducing the need for electric lights during the day. Making better use of sunlight during the winter months can also reduce the need for heating.

For the people who live in these houses, an energy-efficient home means a more comfortable indoor environment with fewer drafts. It also means that you, the homeowner, spend less money on heating and air-conditioning, leaving you more money to spend on activities such as winter sports.

National advantages of an energy-efficient home

Energy efficiency in your home also means a healthier living environment for you and your family. Less leakage of hot or cold air through windows and around doors means less water condensation.

According to some studies, 10 to 15 quarts of water vapor is released inside the average American house every day. Once the humidity level rises over 40 percent, air-quality problems can follow.

The most obvious problem is condensation. Water that condenses inside windows can puddle on sills and floors, leading to water damage to your walls and floors. Meanwhile, mold and mildews can lead to allergies and other illnesses, which can cause family members to miss time at school or work. Studies show that humid homes encourage the growth of some airborne diseases.

Water damage can also accumulate over time, leaving the homeowner with hefty repairs and maintenance bills. Few things are more frustrating or time-consuming than putting a home back together that has been subjected to years of routine water exposure.

According to studies, energy-efficient buildings last longer and cost less to maintain. These factors, plus the greater comfort of living in a green house, lead to higher resale values.

Energy efficiency doesn’t apply just to your home, either. Consider all the houses in any given neighborhood. By reducing the energy needs of an entire community, developers can have a dramatic impact on the overall energy consumed across the country. This has further benefits for the natural environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and more.

Energy efficiency and your home

You owe yourself energy efficiency. A healthier home environment for you and your family produces lower costs for heating, air-conditioning and maintenance, results in a longer life for the building and reduces your impact on the environment. At Rainey Homes, we look forward to helping you achieve those objectives.

Simple ideas to get the neighbors together this winter

Posted on Dec 30, 2015 |

Think neighborhood block parties are only for summer? Think again. Here are some simple ideas to get the neighbors together this winter.

Victorian homes are in the style of homes built during the reign of Queen Victoria. See one of our Victorian homes:

Posted on Dec 29, 2015 |

Take a 3D tour of Rainey Homes

Posted on Dec 28, 2015 |

Want to see what our homes actually look like? Take a 3D tour of some of our model homes.

Rainey Homes are green

Posted on Dec 26, 2015 |

All of our homes use energy-efficient practices and materials to save the environment as well as help you save on energy costs. Learn more about what makes our homes green.

Super Bowl Happy Holidays

Posted on Dec 25, 2015 |

Wishing you a fun and festive holiday season. And please don’t forget you can win free catering and a flat screen for Super Bowl 50 by entering our contest here:

Why you might want to buy a home in 2016

Posted on Dec 24, 2015 |

If you have been waiting for the right time to buy a home, 2016 might prove the year to take the plunge. It’s looking good for several reasons.

There’s a good chance that you are among many potential buyers waiting for home prices to finally slow down. You may also be tired of hearing the same sales pitch: “Prices will only keep going up. No time is better than now.” If you’re in this boat, then you’ll be glad to hear that while Zillow’s Chief Economist Svenja Gudell predicts prices will rise about 3.5 percent, others such as Chief Economist Jonathan Smoke see a slow down in price increases. This would certainly make it more attractive to buy a home, taking time to get the one you really want.

More affordable home prices and more interested buyers could in turn could bring around more sellers, Smoke says. Ideally, this could give buyers more choices and lead sellers and home builders to compete for their business with special pricing and attractive offers.

And interest rates aren’t expected to drastically rise in 2016, though you might not want to wait too long. The Federal Reserve recently announced an increase in short-term interest rates by at least a quarter of a percentage point. Additional increases are expected by at least one percentage point each year unless the economy shows signs of faltering. While this may sound troubling, it shouldn’t impact interest rates on mortgages enough to make much of a difference in 2016. Interest rates, though, could increase the longer you wait, so if you are in the market for a new home, you might want to move soon.

Consider, too, while the market value on homes appears stable, the cost to rent has gone up. According to HousingWire, 88% of property managers increased their rent prices in the last 12 months and 68% of these managers are expected to charge higher rates in 2016.

These are just some of many reasons why 2016 might be the year to make your move. If you’re interested and have any questions, leave a comment on our social channels. Also, contact us and visit any of our model homes and we guarantee that you’ll be impressed with the quality of Rainey Homes compared to other home builders. Have a great 2016 and we hope to see you soon!

Want to save money on a major renovation?

Posted on Dec 23, 2015 |

Want to save money on a major renovation? Increase the natural light to reduce energy costs and help pay for the reno. Hit “Like” if you believe in going green!

According to a new survey, a majority of Americans believe homeownership is a sound investment.

Posted on Dec 22, 2015 |