Getting the Most from PDX Green Home Features

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What are the top most desired features for buyers looking to invest in a home? According to a new study released by the National Association of Home Builders, the top four all center around saving energy.

Many Portland home sellers are making improvements to reduce energy use and otherwise make their homes more environmentally friendly. But how can you make sure these green features will pay off by adding to the value of your home, and not leave you in the red?

According to the US Green Building Council, “Generally, green homes are healthier, more comfortable, more durable, and more energy efficient and have a much smaller environmental footprint than conventional homes.” And, let’s face it – the house with the green roof is going to be the most talked-about one on the block.

The numbers from the National Association of Home Builders show that home buyers are definitely looking for green home features. Many Portland home owners have already added or plan to add these features, so that when buyers come to their door, they won’t have to wonder whether the good deal they’re getting on the home will turn into a bad one when the electric bill comes in. Green home features like passive solar heating, native plant landscaping and ecologically responsible building materials can also add to the beauty and unique quality of a home.

The real estate industry is changing to help buyers, sellers, real estate agents and home appraisers understand environmentally friendly and energy efficient home improvements, from bamboo flooring to skylights. And as usual, Portland real estate agents are leading the way by using new codes and fields in the MLS system that reflect information about green home features. Many home appraisers also have specialized training to be able to calculate the efficiency of solar panels or the capacity of the rainwater catchment system.

Some home features might fit neatly into the MLS form, which is why choosing a good real estate agent is essential to making your home’s green improvements stand out to buyers. Your Portland real estate agent should provide all of the relevant information the listing and work with the appraiser to ensure that these features are given proper value. Personally I hold certifications as a Earth Advantage Broker and an Energy Trust Trade Ally.

Not sure if your home could benefit from green improvements? The Carbon Footprint Calculator from the National Association of Realtors’ Green Resource Council will give you an idea of how energy efficient your home is. Talk to your real estate agent about what makes sense for your home and will translate into a better resale value and make your home stand out in the listings page.

May 15, 2013
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Stephen FitzMaurice

Stephen FitzMaurice, Realtor is a top 5% real estate agent in the U.S. and a top 1% agent in the Portland Metro. Principal Broker in Oregon, Managing Broker in Washington he has been licensed since 2003 for residential real estate sales in the Portland Metro area. Call him direct: 503-714-1111.

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