Tuesday, June 16, 2020

See link below for details about the Cedar Rapids Spring Parade of Homes to see all of the new residential construction including homes built by Legacy Green Builders.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Monday, April 20, 2020
Monday, April 13, 2020

Click on the picture or link below for a virtual tour of the property!
Another beautiful home built by Legacy GreenBuilders & Developers


Friday, April 10, 2020

As a Real Estate Broker and Builder, I have helped many Sellers, Buyers and those building a home make intelligent decisions. Trust my knowledge and expertise of the local market to discover the maximum value of your property or help you locate or build the property of your dreams. I’m ready to work hard to meet your goals.  Call me today to get started on your dreams!

Happy Easter - Chris Mottinger


The Distraction You Didn’t Know You Needed: Spring’s 5 Hottest Home Decor Trends

Published: April 6, 2020

Although it might not feel like it when you’re quarantined in your living room, spring is here. And while the usual outdoor festivities will likely get cut short or canceled altogether, that doesn’t mean you can’t still appreciate the changing of the seasons inside your home.





 Monday, March 30, 2020
Welcome to Stonebrook – Mt. Vernon


2020 Parade of Home!! Enjoy all the Energy Cost Savings & Health/Environmental Benefits of a Green Built Home by Award Winning Legacy GreenBuilders. Custom upgrades & quality throughout! Amenities include Quartz Tops Throughout, Tile & Hardwood, Fireplace, Master Suite, Screen Porch & Deck, Vaulted & 9’ Ceilings ML & LL. Allergy/Aging/Handicap features and more. Great Location: Stonebrook Estates provides easy access to HWY 30 and HWY 1 with a 15-20min commute to CR or IC!  (Choose this plan/lot or pick another.)

Click on the link below to view all photos.

900 16th Ave SW, Mt. Vernon


1,757 Sq Ft MF (1,403 Sq Ft Future LL)

3 Bedroom / 2 Bath (2 Bed / 1 Bath Future LL)

Master Suite with Custom Tile Shower

Custom Kitchen with Pantry

Great Room w/Fireplace

Quartz Kitchen/Bath Countertops

Hardwood and Tile Floors

Custom Cabinets and Over-Size Millwork

Pella Windows

Cedar Screen Porch & Deck

Vaulted Great Room / 9’ Ceiling Up & Down

Garden View LL with Boulder Wall Egress Windows

Call today for a private showing – 319-624-6027

March 30, 2020

Monday, March 23, 2020

If you’ve been following us at all lately, then you know we’re a bit germaphobic—and with good reason. Who knew, for example, that your kitchen is actually the dirtiest part of your whole house? But before you bleach down all the surfaces, hear this.

The kitchen isn’t the only place where creepy, crawly germs are hiding. Here are six other common household spots that often get overlooked, and that you might just want to check out and clean—sooner rather than later.

Read here.


March 9, 2020
March 2,2020

February 25, 2020


HOT PROPERTY: Greenbelt Trail to open next in Liberty High area. 

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Deeper shades of green

New zero energy, air quality certifications gaining ground among Corridor homebuilders. Read more.......

Source: CB


Energy Efficient Products and Tips from Energy Star!!

Upgrade Now and Warm Up to Savings

See how upgrading to an ENERGY STAR certified water heater can mean big energy savings in your home. Learn more about rebates and choosing the ENERGY STAR model that’s right for your home. Read More.....



Forget the Groundhog! Spring Has Sprung in the Bedroom With Instagram's Hottest Decor Trends

After the most wonderful time of the year comes plain old winter—and boy, is it long. All the gloomy weather (minus the presents and festive cookies of December) is enough to make anyone feel blue. So it comes as no surprise that designers everywhere seem to be flocking toward one definitive idea in this week’s trending bedroom decor: a call for an early spring.  Click here to read more......



2020 Colors of the Year

New year, new decade. Time to breathe new life into home design.

Restoration, optimism and sophistication are woven throughout this year’s selection of colors of the year, announced annually by Pantone and various major paint manufacturers. Each color represents an expected trend by each company, based on the current activity in the industry and what it anticipates for the year ahead.

Clear patterns for 2020 include nature-inspired hues, soft, cheerful pastels and timeless basics to create inviting spaces intended for recharging to tackle the year ahead.  Click here to read more...



Fixed Rate Condo Financing

From our Friends at RMN!

Financing for a condo is different than financing for a single family home or a zero lot line. For example, some lenders will only offer an adjustable rate mortgage if you’re purchasing a condominium - which could cost you more in the long run! Discover why RMN believes in offering fixed rate mortgage for condo purchases. 





May your holidays be filled with happiness, good health, family and friends. And if the new year brings changes in your real estate needs, please think of us.

Happy Holidays!



What is R - Value?

Insulation levels are measured in R-value, but what does R-value mean? R-value is the insulation's resistance to heat flow. The higher the R-value, the less heat is transferred in or out.

Any type of insulation can be installed to have any R-value level; it may just take more or less insulating material to reach that level.

Recommended R-values change depending on climate, the type of building and the location of the insulation within that building. The level of R-value achieved is also based on proper installation. Poor air or vapor seal can reduce the effectiveness of insulation.

Properly installed, however, any type of insulation with the recommended R-value level will increase comfort and efficiency year-round.

Click here to watch video...

Source: Linn County REC /


How Long Do LED Bulbs Really Last?

Homeowners across the country are switching to LED bulbs, and for good reason. LEDs have a number of advantages over conventional incandescent bulbs:

  • Higher energy efficiency
  • Improved light quality
  • Average rated life of up to 50,000 hours or more

That all sounds great, but what exactly does "average rated life" mean? How's that different than "actual" life? After all, you want to know how long a bulb really lasts, not how long it's rated to last. We'll explain average rated life, how bulb manufacturers test for it and what it means to you.

The facts of LED life

Average rated life is the life expectancy in hours based on laboratory tests of a sample set of bulbs. The "average" rated life is the point at which half the sample bulbs failed. For example, if 100 lamps are tested and 50 of them fail at 10,000 hours, then their average rated life would be 10,000 hours.

The useful life of LEDs is defined differently than it is for other lighting technologies. Incandescent bulbs fail when the filament burns out. LEDs typically don't burn out. They experience "lumen depreciation" where their brightness slowly fades over time.

Research has shown that people will accept gradual light reductions of up to 30% with little notice. The average rated life of LEDs then, is established by a projection of when the light output will decrease by 30%.

Manufacturers test LEDs for lumen depreciation for at least 6,000 hours. The small amount of lumen depreciation in that test and UL temperature testing of an LED fixture is combined and rated life is projected out by a factor of six times the test duration (50,000 hours for 8,400 test hours).

Real world test results

Projections are nice, but how do we know if LEDs really last 50,000 hours or more? U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) tests may provide an answer. In 2010, the DOE began testing a sample of 31 LED bulbs. After more than 60,000 hours of continuous operation, the average lumen depreciation was only 5% and all of the bulbs were still going strong.

Bulb life and performance can vary depending on the product. To get the best results in your home, purchase ENERGY STAR®-certified LED bulbs. ENERGY STAR products are independently tested to ensure that they deliver efficiency and performance.

Source: Linn County REC /


Busted! 3 Common Myths About Home Heating

Don't be fooled by bad advice and careless assumptions. These home heating myths could waste energy and cost you money. Knowing the facts will help you reduce your energy bills and make your home more comfortable.

Myth 1: Cranking up the thermostat will heat your house faster

Fact: A furnace is either on or off. Raising the thermostat doesn't make the air coming out of the register warmer, it just makes the furnace work longer to reach the higher temperature.

By the time you're sweating and need to turn the thermostat down, you'll have overheated the house and wasted energy. Every home is different; indoor and outdoor air temperatures, furnace efficiency, your home's layout and how well it's weatherized all affect how long it takes to warm your home.

Myth 2: A bigger furnace will keep your home warmer

Fact: An efficient furnace that's the right size for your home will be much more effective than a huge system with more capacity than you need.

Climate, home design and weatherization are important factors to consider. Efficiency improvements will save on the cost of a new furnace by allowing you to purchase a smaller unit. If you live in a cold climate, invest in the highest-efficiency system, not the biggest. In milder climates with lower annual heating costs, it may be hard to justify the extra investment required to go from 80% to 90% or 95% efficiency.

Myth 3: Closing vents will reduce your heating bill

Fact: Heating systems are designed for balance. Closing air vents can result in back pressure, causing ductwork to leak and reducing heating system efficiency.

If your home is heated by a forced-air system, talk with a qualified professional about closing down the heating registers in unused rooms or adjusting dampers in the ductwork to redirect heat where it's needed.

Learning the facts behind heating system performance can help you save energy, reduce your winter heating costs and ensure your family's comfort all season long.

Source: Linn County REC /


November 25, 2019



November 18, 2019


Getting Ready for the Relatives: How to Prep Your Home for the Holiday Season

Getting ready for the holidays, especially if you are expecting company, can be serious business, but with a bit of cheerful organization it’ll be a snap.   Click to Read more......



November 11, 2019



November 4, 2019

From our friends at RMN, Inc.


First-Time Home Buyers Can Benefit from the MCC
If you bought your first home this year - or are thinking of buying your first home - you need to know about the Mortgage Credit Certificate program!
Mortgage Credit Certificate Benefits
Mortgage Credit Certificate Requirements

  • Obtain a fixed rate mortgage
  • Meet the federal income limits. Income limits vary by county and the size of your household.
  • Plan to use the home you purchased in Iowa as your primary residence.
  1. Be a first-time home buyer, defined as a person who has not had an ownership interest in their primary residence in the past 3 years.
  2. Purchase a home in a targeted area.
  3. Be a military veteran with a discharge other than dishonorable who has not previously used a Mortgage Revenue Bond Program.
Work with RMN to Sign up for the MCC
, Nov. 4, at 2 a.m. 
Your Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

The Mortgage Credit Certificate (MCC) Program provides first-time home buyers with a tax credit based upon the interest paid each year. Here’s everything you need to know about the MCC and how it can benefit you for years after buying your first home.

First-time home buyers who sign up for the MCC program will receive a tax credit of 50% of the interest paid on their mortgage for that year, up to $2,000. The best part? The MCC provides this tax credit for the life of the loan.

This means you could save thousands every year you own your home when you sign up for the Mortgage Credit Certificate.

The MCC program was created to be a benefit for first-time home buyers. To qualify for the MCC in Iowa, however, there are a few additional requirements you must meet.

You also must satisfy at least one of the following three conditions:

RMN is one of the leading providers of the MCC in the state of Iowa. We have the experience and the expertise to get you signed up for the Mortgage Credit Certificate so you can enjoy savings for years to come.

To learn if you qualify for the Mortgage Credit Certificate or to get signed up, schedule a meeting with one of our loan officers today!

Source: RMN, Inc


October 28, 2019

Just a reminder......

The annual turning back of the clock by one hour was once posed by Benjamin Franklin as a way to preserve candles that served as the main source of light in the 19th century.  Read more...



Your Fall Home Maintenance Checklist:

Fall is a good time to take care of big home repair projects before shorter days (and in many areas, ice and snow) make outdoor work too difficult. And if you do live in an area with cold winters, take some time this fall to boost energy efficiency throughout your home, and prevent damage from winter storms with proper tree care (we spoke with an expert to find out what you need to do). Tick these 15 items off your list this season, and you can rest easy knowing that your home and yard are buttoned up and ready for winter.   Read more….. 


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719 Market Street P.O. Box 367 Solon IA 52333
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(319) 624-6027
719 Market Street P.O. Box 367 Solon IA 52333
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