Rolling Hills Home Sales in 2009

The private, gated community of Rolling Hills consistently ranks as one of the most expensive sub-areas of the South Bay. In fact, when using median sales prices as a metric of value, this area more often than not is at the top of the list. The number of homes sold last year jumped from 12 in 2008 to 17. To put this into perspective, this is half of what the number of sales were at the peak in 2000, but the number is on the rise. The median sales price of $2,500,000 represents an increase from $2,200,000 the prior year as well. So by these two metrics, the market conditions have improved here from what appears to be the depths of a challenging 2008.

It also remains the only sub-area of the South Bay to have had the median sales price for a given year exceed the $3,000,000 mark. This occurred back in 2007, the year that most areas in the South Bay reached their peak values. Rolling Hills homes sit in a city that “maintains a ranch style/equestrian environment with an enduring respect for native wildlife and natural surroundings” according to the city’s website. Given how well home vales have themselves endured here, it appears this thinking is paying off for the residents as well. In 2000, the median sales price for a single family home was $1,625,000.

This year’s sales are off to a solid start. There has already been a closed escrow and there are currently six active escrows. Of the active escrows, half were opened in 2009. It should be noted that the average price of these homes is under $2,000,000, so it appears the sales are of the lower priced offerings here. On the other hand, there is plenty of inventory, almost a year’s worth, on the market. The median list price of these homes exceeds $3,400,000. Four of the homes are priced at over $10,000,000. It will be interesting to see if the high end of the market of Rolling Hills homes catches up as we move forward in 2010.

Home Safety Tips – Fire Prevention Using Modern Technology

No matter what Robert Kiyosaki says, your home is an investment. It is something that you have poured your sweat and have worked hard for. Protecting it means protecting all that hard work and hence, should be one of your main priorities in home building and home improvement.

Protecting your home does not only mean protecting it against outside entities that may harm it. It also means protecting it from itself and from the hazards that, ironically, may come from inside. Fire is one of the top destroyers of homes and is a devastating occurrence as it can decimate your property and raze everything you have hard for to the ground.

Fortunately, modern technology has made it easier for us to create measures that will further reduce the risks, if any, of your home catching fire. Apart from using fire retardant materials in building your home, there are a couple of electronic devices that you could use to further eliminate the chances of your house getting any form of fire damage.

First is the device which most of us probably knows about: the smoke detector.

Smoke detectors are basically electronic devices that senses for signs of a fire. They do this by constantly monitoring the air for signs of a fire (like smoke) and then initiating an audible and/or visible alarm. They may even be hooked up to alert emergency services automatically. Smoke detectors are so cheap that not having one installed in every room of your home would be huge folly on your part. It is a necessary aspect of home security.

However, not all fire starts slowly. This is because there are causes of fire that does not involve a slow kindling event but may be caused by an explosive event: combustible gas explosions.

This brings us to the second fire safety device: the gas detector.

Natural or petroleum gas is one of the energy sources used by man. They are usually distributed in portable tanks or pipes that run underground and into the houses. This is entails a somewhat remote possibility of gas leaks accident that could result to fire damage to your house or worse, even explosion.

To prevent this, you can install gas detectors that can monitor the air for signs of gas leaks so you will be alerted through audible and visible alarms so you can take appropriate action. Having gas detectors is very important and should be installed near areas where possible gas leaks may occur.

Modern technology may have brought some miseries upon us but it definitely has bore fruits that will benefit all of us in one way or another. Fire and gas detectors, although very simple machines that can be had for as low as $7 (smoke detectors), can definitely bring a lot of security to home owners that use them.

Window and Door Replacements Can Benefit Your Home in More Ways Than One

Replacing your old windows and doors can also help your home become more energy-efficient. The majority of window and door manufacturers today are using new technology in their production in an attempt to help you keep the climatic effects of the elements outside where they belong. You can also increase the overall safety of your home by investing in new, hazard-resistant windows and doors.

If you’ve noticed mold and mildew growing around the seams of edges of your old windows, you’ve probably cringed and scrubbed it away, only to have it reappear within a few days or weeks of wet or humid weather. When it comes to mold and mildew, however, you should be concerned about more than just the cosmetic eyesore they can create. Many types of mold and mildew can actually be very detrimental to your health and the health of your family if the spores are inhaled or come into contact with your skin. When it comes to the well being of your loved one, it is undoubtedly not worth the risk to keep moldy windows in place in your home. Replacing them with new, clean, weather-resistant windows may be the best choice for you. Vinyl is a particularly popular choice for new windows and panes because of its weather-resistant capabilities and low-maintenance surface.

In addition to moldy window panes, old, dilapidated doors can also pose a potential hazard to your home and your family. Many homes catch fire each year, especially in warm, dry places such as Arizona and California. Having brittle, wooden doors in your home can potentially have the same effect as placing kindling in your fireplace. To decrease the risk of fire hazard, many doors are being manufactured from alternative materials such as fiberglass, steel, and even aluminum. All of these materials are incredibly strong, and in the case of fiberglass, even look like wood. They will also pose a much lower risk of helping a fire progress in your home. Even today’s wooden doors, which you may typically use more readily in the interior of your home, will typically come equipped with fire-resistant technology, so you can feel more assured about the safety of your family and your home.

Besides simply providing you and your family with a greater level of safety and comfort, new doors and windows will increase the attractiveness of your home on the interior and exterior. New, clean window panes and fresh looking door frames will undoubtedly make the entire face of your home look brand new, especially if they have a cohesive color scheme. Doors and windows come in such a large variety of color schemes today that you will certainly find exactly what you’re looking for.