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Hey Taylor, Just bought a house
and I*m really focused on making
sure it retains its value. Aside from
maintenance and such, what are some ways
to hold, and hopefully increase, overall worth?
- Carmen
Hey Carmen, This is an important thing for
homeowners to focus on. Property value usu-
ally trends upward, but that*s never a guaran-
tee. Here are a few ways you can increase the
worth of your new house over time.
1. Maximize space. Whether your home has
two bedrooms or four, you want to feel like
there*s plenty of room. As the years go by and
you collect more things, it*s easy to get accus-
tomed to cramped quarters and limited stor-
age, but that can be a big deterrent when it
comes time to appraise. There are a few ways
to make your house feel bigger, one of which
is actually making it larger with an addition. If
you have the money to invest in a new room,
you should see a good return on that money
when it comes time to sell. If you don*t want
to make the house physically bigger, you can
build shelves, cabinets and pantry spaces that
create space without adding square footage.
2. Tech savvy. You don*t want to overdo it
with the programming and computerizing of
your house, but smart home security pan-
els and thermostats can add a lot of appeal.
As long as there isn*t a steep learning curve,
prospective homebuyers will generally like the
idea of a house with good security features and
a heating and cooling system that is effective
and efficient. Any system that lets you save
money on utility bills makes financial sense in
the immediate future and for resale purposes,
so you should think about innovative and ef-
ficient lighting sources, bathroom fixtures,
kitchen appliances, etc. You don*t have to turn
your home into something out of a sci-fi novel,
but keep an eye out for smart devices you
think will fit nicely in your house.
3. Keep up outdoor appearances. If home
value is a concern, you can*t overlook your
front or backyard. Even if you just have a small
patch of grass, figure out a way to make it look
nice. You*ll also want to be sure you go with a
setup you don*t have too much trouble main-
taining. People often bite off more than they
can chew when it comes to landscaping, and
if you abandon your efforts part way through
you could end up with a pretty ugly yard. Find
a look you like that you have time to maintain,
and stick with it.
Home upkeep costs a good deal of money, but
that investment will pay off if you take the
right approach. Keep the above items in mind
as you work on your home and hopefully the
value will continue to rise!
(Taylor Kovar is the CEO and founder of Kovar
Capital Management LLC of Lufkin, Texas.
Read more about Taylor at: GoFarWithKovar.
The Good News
2019 December/January
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antifreeze compound, and subsequently move
this technology from the lab to commercial ap-
At this stage there is still more laboratory work
required to improve and test this promising new
technology. This will be accomplished using the
State support.
** National Jewish Health - Denver, Researcher
Tasha Fingerlin - Denver, CO $150,000 每 En-
abling comprehensive diagnosis of sub-acute
infection in chronic respiratory disease via high
sensitivity next generation sequencing.
** University of Colorado- Boulder, Researcher
Min Han - Boulder, CO $150,000 每 Transforma-
tive treatment of anemia: using enterobactin
to enterobactin to relieve adverse side effects
caused by iron supplementation
** Colorado School of Mines, Researcher Colin
Wolden 每 Golden, CO $109,540 每 This project
will be executed in collaboration with SolidPower,
located in Louisville Co. CSM will provide mean-
ingful quantities of Li2S nanocrystals to Solid-
Power, who in turn will test it in their proprietary
formulations on their pilot scale line.
(source: Colorado Office of Economic Develop-
ment and International Trade)
Go Far With Kovar
Atlasta Solar Center: Mountain
Region Installer of the Year
Panasonic Recognizes Highest-Performing
Solar Installers and Distributors with 2019
Customer Appreciation Awards
Newark NJ, November 14: Panasonic is pleased
to announce the winners of its 2019 Customer
Appreciation Awards, given to leading installers
and distributors who demonstrate excellence in
installing solar equipment, serving solar end-
users and generating business success.
Panasonic Premium and Authorized Installers
have the opportunity to be recognized in four
award categories across each region: Residential
Installer of the Year, Commercial Installer of the
Year, Fastest-Growing Company and Installer of
the Year.
In addition, the company announced nationwide
installer and distributor winners who were com-
mended for their outstanding commitment to
their customers and advancing solar technologies
in the marketplace.
※On behalf of Panasonic Life Solutions, I would
like to acknowledge our award winners for be-
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lence in the field,§ said Mukesh Sethi, Group
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Installer of the Year Award:
Semper Solaris - National Winner
Atlasta Solar Center - Mountain Region Winner
Introduced in 2016, the Panasonic Solar Installer
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ness opportunities to partners who meet Pana-
sonic*s high standard of excellence.
The program has experienced impressive growth
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Industry Grants (continued from pg 3)
that will be applied in sleep, health and other
monitoring applications.
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This technology uses Artificial intelligence to com-
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Pharma is a large, highly automated, cGMP manu-
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STAQ Pharma emphasizes Safety, Transparency,
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robotic syringe filling in compounded medications.
** Transverse Medical, Inc. 每 Golden, CO $250,000
每 Transverse Medical Inc. has developed the POINT-
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class, proprietary reagents for the reading, writing
and editing of DNA. The company supplies these
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quencing companies.
** University of Denver - Denver, Researcher Maciej
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Because of its enormous potential as a multi-use
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ing to further investigate the newly designed
installers and 161§Authorized§ installers.
※I am delighted to recognize these high-per-
forming members of the Panasonic Solar In-
staller Program,§ said Yessica Castillo, National
Marketing Manager, Panasonic Life Solutions.
※These awards are a testament to their hard
work and dedication to diligently helping home-
owners maximize their renewable energy po-
tential, and we are excited about what is ahead
for the rest of the year and into 2020.§
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