WHAT we see redefines HOW we see a property. ..the saga continues...
I'm looking for a way to measure the change in perception based on what people choose and what they need.
I have a hunch that an hour or two plying the ins and outsof our handy MLS System might provide the frugal sleuth the stats for which s/he hunts. For me, putting numbers on my instincts as a REALTOR® feels a little dangerous. I don't want to lose my intuitive edge. But I'm up for the adventure, so I've set out on a search for stats. ..in the GREEN arena, of course. (I'm smiling)
What intuition and observation tell me:
I am aware of a bubbling apprehension in the Appalachians when it comes to mountaintop removal ... I have witnessed some pretty noisy community meetings about such topics. Then there have been the lively neighborhood charettes . So it's not surprising that my intuition, based on in-your-face observations, tells me that we are shifting (at least in the Asheville area) toward environmentally-sensitive residential properties.
In addition, my clients , more often than just a year ago, are asking me how to retrofit their homes before they list, what kinds of things they can do to appeal to the growing demand for energy efficiency. Investor-buyers want to see homes with radiant floor heat...they LOVE radiant floor heat...( so do I!) and they are serious about Energy Star Rated homes...We can tell them about NC Healthy Built Homes ... but, for the purposes of future planning, let's put some numbers on an apparent trend.....and...
take a quick peek at what is driving this demand...
- Energy ...Energy Star appliances, florescent bulbs, high efficiency water heaters,
fifty (50) year shingles, low flow faucets and showerheads ,sealed crawl spaces, cellulose and icynene insulation, solar preheat for hot water, and oh so comfy radiant floor heat...
Low Toxicity...Low VOC paints, Bamboo, hardwood or a natural linoleum floor that is made with 100% natural ingredients.
Benefits ... lower utility bills for heating and cooling, improved indoor air quality, lasting value, lower environmental impact...happier faces on family and neighbors.
Ready to check out the stats? The numbers? The proof in the pudding?
Here's homes on the market currently
2006~ NC HealthyBuilt and/or Energy Star Rated: 39
Here's homes in progress
2007~ NC HealthyBuilt and/or Energy Star Rated: 377
This information could well change how we look at where we stand and the direction in which will be moving in 2007 and beyond....and maybe it will make a few people feel better knowing that this direction is not "simply intuitive"... but is based on a hard, objective look at the stats.
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