Until recently, it has been difficult for to locate green homes for sale. For years, there have been buyers’ agents, sellers’ agents and commercial and rental real estate specialists, but none with specific expertise in locating, comparing and purchasing "green" properties. But that has changed. Certified EcoBroker® and the National Association of Realtors® Green designee are realtors who are certified through specialized training in green building practices and green property features. They also follow trends in green and maintain their designation via annual continuing education programs.
Knowledgeable about installing, purchasing and financing a wide range of “Eco-Friendly” technologies for new and existing properties, they assist buyers in finding a “green” home. Green homes produce less of a carbon foot print, save natural resources, have lower utility bills, and are healthier for owners and the community. Examples of Eco-Friendly technologies are: energy efficient appliances, tight insulation, low-E windows, low flow faucets/toilets, solar energy and geothermal heating and cooling. This new breed of realtor knows what to look for in a property and assists demanding buyers in finding what best suits their green needs and budget.
They also consult eco-conscious consumers existing properties “greener,” using green financing, if required. For sellers of green properties, these specialized realtors offer green marketing best practices that produce significant results in a challenging market.
What is a green property? Very simply, a green property conserves natural resources and creates less waste. These types of structures are also healthier for people living and working inside because they include low or no toxic paints, stains, finishes, cabinets, flooring, etc.
Buying a property to be retrofitted is an option to consider. Foreclosures and short sales make ideal green projects. Consider a 203k or Energy Improvement Mortgage (EIM) to finance your green retrofit. Greening properties can make a lasting impact on the environment and bring positive change to our communities.
According to LEED, 25% of new home construction is Green. In Connecticut today, there are over 100 green single family properties available and the number is growing.
Green real estate provides a higher standard of living that is affordable and can even save money in the long run.
Jennifer Gonzales works extensively with buyers and sellers to build healthier and more sustainable communities, one property at a time. From strategic property marketing to green financing with EEMs and EIMs to closing on a home with life-long energy savings built-in and more. For more information please visit www.greenctrealestate.com.