Las Vegas recently hosted the International Builders Show, which attracted more than 100,000 folks in the homebuilding biz who rubbed shoulders with 1,600 manufacturers and retailers such as Home Depot
With technology as a theme, innovations showcased included insulation made from soybeans, staircases of glass, and homes mostly of concrete. Kitchen specialist Salton
Privately held Pardee Homes showed off its "Ultimate Family Home" in a local subdivision. The house's chief selling point is that it produces all the energy it needs from solar panels, and is even able to produce extra energy, which can then be sold to generate extra income. Pardee estimates that the "zero energy home" may save buyers up to $5,000 a year in utility costs.
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If you're thinking of renovating your home to increase its value, think twice. You're not necessarily likely to recoup the complete cost of the renovation. Still, some upgrades, such as to kitchens and bathrooms, do recoup a lot of it, plus you get to enjoy the upgrade until you sell.
If you're thinking of changing residences, drop by our Home Center, which offers lots of guidance on the homebuying process, refinancing, and competitive interest rates for Fools. Finally, consider popping into our Buying or Selling a Home discussion board to get answers to your questions or just eavesdrop and learn from what others are saying.