What is a green building?

What do you mean by a “green” building?

Buildings of the world consume:

  • 40% of the world’s energy & materials
  • 25% of the wood harvested
  • 17% of our water

The average American house uses:

  • 13,127 board feet of lumber
  • 6,212 square feet of sheathing
  • 2,000 square feet of flooring

In the U.S., buildings account for:

  • 36% of total electricity consumption
  • 62% of electricity use
  • 30% of greenhouse gas emissions
  • 37% of ozone depletion potential

And, ironically enough, most of us spend 90% of our time indoors.

What can you do to green your building?

  • Avoid toxic cleaning products
  • Use less paper and more reusable cloths for cleaning your home
  • Switch all of your light bulbs to LED
  • Recycle your water as much as possible. For example shower water can be used to water the garden.
  • Install solar panels. Solar air conditioning units and solar water heaters exist so that could be a way to start.
  • Lower your heating temperature on your water heater to save energy.
  • Lower your thermostat to 65F when you leave your home during the day and a maximum of 68-69F if you are home. Put on warm clothes during winter months. That is why you bought them, to keep you warm so use them appropriately.
  • If you are going to replace your kitchen appliances switch to an induction cooktop.  It is an electric appliance that a solar panel can pay for.
  • Buy an electric vehicle for your everyday driving.
  • Avoid plastic bags at all cost
  • Buy in bulk to produce less garbage and compost or at least throw into your green bin

You don’t have to do all of these to make an impact. One step at a time will take you far and the planet will thank you! 🙂

Lastly take advantage of all the payment assistance programs available to green your home, be it in a mortgage or financial aid or government programs.

Remember one step at a time is how we all learned to walk and this is how we will all learn to make an impact on the planet.

If you want more information I am happy to share resources with you. Just contact me via email Catherine@CatherineKrueger.com or by phone 510-813-0970


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Improvements worth doing before putting your home for sale

I often get asked by potential sellers what they should do to prepare their home for sale and what has the best return on investment.

For home sellers on a tighter budget I would suggest doing any minor repairs that have been overdue (broken handle, changing light bulbs, tightening up loose knobs, replacing broken fixtures…), painting, if needed, and definitely having the house professionally cleaned including windows (inside and out).

Refinishing hardwood floors is a nice and well appreciated bonus but is not always possible/practical as it may take up to 7 days and all furniture must be moved out so this solution only works for sellers who have moved out of the house in general.

improvements worth doing

For more tips on the must dos for prepping a home for market please contact me. I will be happy to share my 20 years of experience in the business!

Happy Cleaning and Selling!



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4931 Appian Way, El Sobrante CA


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Welcome to 4931 Appian Way in unincorporated El Sobrante.

Five bedrooms, three baths including large master suite with sumptuous bath and access to the outside

Living room with beamed ceiling, stained glass window, and fireplace

Spacious dining room with coffered ceiling

Updated kitchen

Flexible floor plan ideal for extended family living

Big 25,700 sqft lot (per public record) with separate 1-bedroom, 1-bath cottage (sold as-is), many fruit trees, 2 chicken coops, a wooden deck on the upper lot and a covered veranda at the main house

Open Houses Saturday January 19th and Sunday January 20th, 2-4pm

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Below market rate, views, move-in condition… Ready, set, go! Open House November 25th, 2018 2-4pm

6201 Ralston, Richmond CA 94530

Words of a downturn coming has chilled buyers’ enthusiasm for East Richmond Heights, also known as Richmond View.  Why? because buyers think that with prices “dropping” (they are not and economists are actually predicting a 4% increase for 2019) they will be able to buy in Berkeley which is usually the preferred location for most buyers. They start in Berkeley and once they are priced out they move outward towards El Cerrito and finally reach Richmond View to be positively and absolutely blown away by the area.

There are many advantages to living in Richmond View:

  1. It is located in unincorporated Contra Costa County.  Property taxes are less than in the city of Richmond and less than the city of El Cerrito.
  2. Views are stunning from Richmond View.
  3. Schools:  whether you live in Northern part of El Cerrito or Richmond View children attend the same schools:  Mira Vista Elementary and middle school, or Korematsu Middle School and El Cerrito High School

With that in mind please come on Sunday from 2-4pm  and take a look at a great home that would be selling over $1,000,000 in Berkeley. Listed for $799,000 only.  Make an offer! Both Zillow and Redfin are estimating this cutie to be worth well over $800,000!!



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7134 Plank Avenue, El Cerrito Off market opportunity


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Wonderful opportunity to own a Mid Century Modern home in the heart of El Cerrito! Located in a quiet cul-de-sac this home has been lovingly restored and upgraded while keeping its modern appeal.  New dual pane windows, gleaming hardwood floors, updated electrical and plumbing, brand new open kitchen, fully remodeled master bathroom with barn door.

Landscaped yard with new drainage system and large 2-car garage.

Sewer compliant and low pest report.

Offered at $879,000

Come check it out during broker’s tour Thursday November 15th from 9:30am till noon and Sunday Open House 11/18 from 2-4pm.

Please call/text/email Catherine for further details and/or to schedule a private showing.

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The forgotten home!!

Richmond View has suffered this month and is off the buyers’ radar! This beautiful home has been forgotten for no reason. It is nice and well built with a “cleared” pest report, offers great views of San Francisco, the Bay and a portion of the Golden Gate Bridge. It is located in a really quiet and friendly neighborhood with easy access to the freeway, Tilden and Wildcat Canyon Parks and shops. 3 bedrooms and 2 baths on a 9,450 sqft lot backing up to the old and closed down Adams middle school.

The best part about living in Richmond View is you get the views, schools are the same as living in Northern El Cerrito (Mira Vista Elementary and Middle School, Korematsu Middle School if you prefer, El Cerrito High School)… the BEST part about living in Richmond View:  This is unincorporated contra costa county so you pay less taxes and no city transfer tax…  All pluses.

Listed at $799,000.  Open House Sunday 11/11/18 from 2-4pm. Come join me for a special tour of this home.



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Easy living in the East Bay!

Come check out this beautiful condominium in Albany at 535 Pierce Street


All amenities are nearby.  No need to pay for a gym membership as this condo comes in with a gym, a pool, a hot tub, tennis court, half basket ball court and a picnic area. Plus it is walking distance to Pacific East Mall, Transbay bus line and carpool ride, and freeway.

Contact me for a private showing.  Listed at $599,000.  Nowhere else can you buy a 2 bedroom/2 bath property in Albany for that low price. .

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