Book Reviews

Live in a Home that Pays You Back

“An authoritative and comprehensive overview of the benefits of energy-efficient homes.”  –Kirkus Reviews

“DeSimone, an expert on housing market trends and mortgage financing and the author of Welcome to the Agrihood (2020), makes a convincing case for the myriad advantages of a sustainable building. It doesn’t have to be new construction, she says; one can retrofit a century-old home to achieve “net zero” environmental impact status. Investing in environmentally friendly and energy-efficient materials and technologies, she notes, improves the community’s health, comfort, and well-being, while reducing the home’s carbon footprint. She also stresses that the immediate and long-term cost savings of energy-efficient and sustainable homes are substantial; for example, sustainable materials often last longer with less need for expensive maintenance, repair, or replacement. The book also highlights the fact that there are currently more than 2,000 financial incentives available to residential homeowners in the U.S. and Canada, including rebates, specialized financing, and tax breaks for energy efficiency. The author compiles useful information from a wide range of sources to help homeowners and prospective buyers make informed decisions. The text covers green construction techniques; structural materials; heating, cooling, and ventilation; power and water management; renewable energy; certifications such as EnergyStar and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design; assessments and appraisals, financing, and more.”  [Read entire Kirkus Review]

 

“This is a great companion for homeowners, especially for people that are planning on building or purchasing a new house. Some of the information in there I wish I had known before.”  –Net Galley 

 
“Overall, this is a useful book for Canadians or Americans that are looking for ways to live a more energy efficient life, and have a healthier home for humans and for the planet.” –Net Galley

Welcome to the Agrihood

 

Civil Eats 2020 Holiday Food and Farming Holiday Book Gift Guide:

“Anna DeSimone’s Welcome to the Agrihood offers a starting point for anyone who’s ever stared at a carrot in the supermarket and wondered about the story behind it.” read more

 

 

Triangle Gardener

“For the sustainability-seeking, fresh produce, home-grown gardeners, or for anyone who loves food (so everyone), this book is groundbreaking.  Literally.”  read more

 

The Environmental Magazine

“Anna DeSimone explains all the ways that sustainably sourced, locally grown food is healthier, preserves farmland, and lowers your carbon footprint.”

 

Washington Gardener  

“DeSimone teaches readers how to house, shop, and garden for a farm-to-table lifestyle in her new book.”

 

Housing Finance 2020

 

This book is a must for anyone with home finance questions. DeSimone starts from the top–securing a down payment–and works her way through everything from what constitutes qualifying income to submitting the loan application. read more   

 

“This book is a must for home finance questions. Mystified by mortgages? Are you baffled by lending rules and regulations? Concerned about covering closing costs and saving cash? A book entitled Housing Finance 2020 written by Anna DeSimone has all the answers.” read more

 

Author Anna DeSimone knows a thing or two about buying a home….she’s comfortable explaining the intricacies of mortgages and homebuying in a way that simplifies an otherwise complex field.” 

 

“Housing Finance 2020, Written by Industry Expert, is the Ultimate Guide for New Homebuyers.”  read more.

 

Hipoteca 2020

 

“Pueden compradores de vivienda beneficiarse al buscar una hipoteca.”

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