"An authoritative and comprehensive overview of the benefits of energy-efficient homes."

—Kirkus Reviews

Anna DeSimone

Winner of three national book awards, Anna lights the way for understanding the home buying and financing process. She has written more than 40 professional handbooks on the topic of fair and responsible lending, and often serves as industry expert on news media.

Housing, shopping, and gardening for a farm-to-table lifestyle.

Includes national directory of agrihoods, plus 2,200 farms where you can buy fresh, locally grown food.


Housing Finance 2020

Pinnacle Book Award

Welcome to the Agrihood

Living Now Award

Welcome to the Agrihood




Anna's Latest Posts

Lease a solar energy system for your home with a Power Purchase Agreement

Instead of buying a solar photovoltaic (PV) system, you can lease it through a power purchase agreement (PPA). PPAs are financial arrangements in which a third-party developer owns, operates, and maintains the renewable energy system. Solar power purchase agreements are called SPPAs. Under an SPPA,  you agree to site the system…

DIY Projects to Save Energy: Adding Insulation

An important step in reducing energy in your home includes adding more insulation. As long as you follow the product manufacturer’s “safe handling instructions,” DIY (do-it-yourself) insulation projects can often fit within your budget and completed in a weekend. Eco-friendly options include products made from recycled newsprint and blue jeans…

Fabulous Prefabs: an affordable option for first-time homebuyers

You might be thinking, “will I ever be able to own a home?” The good news is that there are many options for homes that are both affordable and sustainable. The construction industry has traditionally consisted of “stick-built” homes, which are labor-intensive, and can take many months, depending upon weather…