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4/8/2014 In the News The Cincinnati Enquirer - Foundation

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4/8/2014 In the News Home Buyers Value Environmentally Friendly Features: Tips to Green Your Home for More Selling Appeal

CINCINNATI, OH (March 25, 2014) – When potential buyers are considering a new home, they are no longer just looking to see how many bedrooms and bathrooms it has or if the kitchen is updated. Buyers now also want to know if the refrigerator has an Energy Star designation, if the toilets are low-flow or if the windows are energy efficient. Environmentally friendly amenities are becoming more important to buyers than ever before.

According to the National Association of Realtors, ninety-two percent of all home buyers consider energy efficiency to be somewhat important with 46 percent of all home buyers ranking energy efficiency as very important when considering a home for purchase.

“A series of small, simple changes really add up in terms of energy savings and can be very attractive to homebuyers,” said Joe King, president of Coldwell Banker West Shell. “Making your home eco-friendly is a great selling feature. Plus, you and the environment can benefit from the upgrades.”

Here are several steps towards green living:

Upgrade to energy efficient windows. Double-pane windows can reduce your utility bill by as much as 10 percent, making upfront replacement costs a worthwhile investment.

Go with low-flow bathrooms. Low-flow toilets and showerheads can reduce water consumption by as much as 50 percent.

Install tankless water heaters. Because they don’t store water and nor reheat consistently, tankless heaters can save up to 50 percent on a hot water bill.

Update the kitchen and utilities with Energy Star Appliances – The upfront cost for Energy Star appliances will quickly be mitigated by energy savings. These appliances use anywhere from 10 to 50 percent less energy.

Pay attention to your insulation. By upgrading your insulation to a higher R-value, or thermal resistance, energy costs will drop. Begin by tackling the attic and unheated crawl spaces, then bolster energy savings further by sealing ducts, caulking, and weather-stripping.

Across Ohio, Coldwell Banker West Shell and Coldwell Banker King Thompson have 19 offices and over 1,100 sales associates serving central Ohio, greater Cincinnati, northern Kentucky and southeastern Indiana. The companies are part of NRT LLC, the nation’s largest residential real estate brokerage company. NRT, a subsidiary of Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY), operates Realogy’s company-owned real estate brokerage offices. For more information, please visit www.CBWS.com.





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4/8/2014 In the News Coldwell Banker West Shell Presents Hallie Goldcamp with West Shell Jr. Award

CINCINNATI, OH (March 10, 2014) – Hallie Goldcamp was awarded the coveted West Shell Jr. award at the Coldwell Banker West Shell 2013 awards celebration held on Tuesday, February 11 at the Cincinnati Hilton Netherland Plaza.

The West Shell, Jr. Award is given to an individual for outstanding commitment to superior service for their clients, leadership in the office, achievements in sales, vision, professionalism and integrity. West Shell, Jr. himself created a legacy of professional and personal excellence both within his business and throughout the industry.

Hallie has been a licensed Realtor in Ohio since 2005 with over $33 million in sales. At the awards celebration she was also recognized as a member of the Coldwell Banker International Diamond Society for 2013, a level achieved by only the top 11 percent of all sales associates worldwide in the Coldwell Banker® system.

Bill Heckman, manager of the Hyde Park office, said “Hallie is positive, optimistic, and professional and has received just about every award available through Coldwell Banker West Shell and the Board of Realtors. She supports numerous community organizations and quickly volunteers for company initiatives and events. We are so proud of everything she has accomplished.”

Across Ohio, Coldwell Banker West Shell and Coldwell Banker King Thompson have 19 offices and over 1,100 sales associates serving central Ohio, greater Cincinnati, northern Kentucky and southeastern Indiana. The companies are part of NRT LLC, the nation’s largest residential real estate brokerage company. NRT, a subsidiary of Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY), operates Realogy’s company-owned real estate brokerage offices. For more information, please visit www.CBWS.com.


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4/8/2014 In the News Journal News - Sophistication, Charm, Shine Through in Home

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4/8/2014 In the News Cincinnati Enquirer - Foundation

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4/8/2014 In the News Kentucky Enquirer - Foundation

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4/8/2014 In the News COLDWELL BANKER WEST SHELL ANNOUNCES ASSOCIATION WITH REALTOR DENISE GIFFORD

CINCINNATI, OH (March 24, 2014) - Coldwell Banker West Shell announced that Realtor Denise Gifford is now associated with their Northeast office.

Gifford is an award winning agent and a prominent leader in her community. Prior to becoming a Realtor, she owned and managed a small business for ten years. She recently ranked as a top producing agent in 2012 and 2013 and has received several accolades including the Ohio Association of Realtors’ President’s Sales Club award.

With a bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing, she has built a reputation as a grounded, hard worker who offers a phenomenal level of service and integrity. Tara Negard, manager of the Northeast office said, “We are thrilled to have someone with such a proven track record of success on our team. Denise’s innovative thinking and marketing degree help her to assist sellers sell their home quickly. She also works closely with buyers to understand their objectives and help them reach their goals.”

In addition to her passion for real estate, Gifford is also well known for her ice skating. In 2002 she performed in the Opening and Closing Ceremonies as a professional ice skater in the Olympics. She was also awarded the Top Ten Learn-to-Skate Programs in the United States by US Skating.

About Coldwell Banker West ShellAcross Ohio, Coldwell Banker West Shell and Coldwell Banker King Thompson have 19 offices and over 1,100 sales associates serving central Ohio, greater Cincinnati, northern Kentucky and southeastern Indiana. The companies are part of NRT LLC, the nation’s largest residential real estate brokerage company. For more information, please visit www.CBWS.com.


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4/8/2014 In the News Get the Most Out of Homeownership this Tax Season

CINCINNATI, OH (March 3, 2014) – Ready or not tax season has arrived and it’s time to get your paperwork in order. This tax season homeowners can take a sigh of relief, because owning a home can actually help minimize tax liability and return some extra cash to your wallets.

“Purchasing a home is undoubtedly an emotional decision, but it is also an investment and financial consideration should be taken,” said Joe King, president of Coldwell Banker West Shell. “The tax benefits of owning a home versus renting can be a deciding factor for those on the fence and essential to your long term savings plan.”

While most people are familiar with the standard deductions, like mortgage interest, property taxes and premium mortgage insurance, there are many other ways to reap the benefits. To make sure every possible last dime is collected, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage has provided a tax-break cheat sheet.

Energy Efficiency Pays Off – Take advantage of a tax credit that lets you offset what you owe the IRS dollar-for-dollar for up to 10 percent of the amount you spent on certain home energy-efficiency upgrades, from insulation to water heaters. Although the credit is capped at $500, the right improvement could lower your utility bills indefinitely.

Home Office Deduction –This is the first year for a more simplified option to claim this deduction. To qualify you must use your home office exclusively and on a regular basis, and allows you to claim $5 per square foot (up to 300 square feet, instead of having to compute the actual expenses of your home office using a 43-line form.

Home Improvements –Look ahead to future savings. While you can’t deduct the expenses until you sell your home, make sure to save all receipts for improvements made. Any costs from landscaping, to storm windows and fencing can be added to the purchase price of your home and will reduce any potential taxable gain that you may have from the sale of your home.

Moving Expenses –If you move more than 50 miles to a new full-time job in the same line of work, some of those moving expenses are deductible. For more information, see the IRS publication on moving expenses.

Taking the time to navigate through tax breaks that you may be eligible for as a homeowner can help you put some cash back in to the bank.

About Coldwell Banker West ShellAcross Ohio, Coldwell Banker West Shell and Coldwell Banker King Thompson have 19 offices and over 1,100 sales associates serving central Ohio, greater Cincinnati, northern Kentucky and southeastern Indiana. The companies are part of NRT LLC, the nation’s largest residential real estate brokerage company. NRT, a subsidiary of Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY), operates Realogy’s company-owned real estate brokerage offices. For more information, please visit www.CBWS.com.









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