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Serious Sleuth Seeks Proof and 2007 Direction Through STATS

 

 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...

  1.  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.

  2.  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 

 

Resources GREEN HOMES

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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Comments

I'll be posting a couple more in this series later this week.
Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 12 years ago
Good series for increasing awareness, janeAnne. Please check to see if your Resources GREEN HOMES link is the correct one.
Posted by Sharon Simms, St. Petersburg FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS (Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International) over 12 years ago
Las Vegas builders have been ahead of the curve as far as Energy Star homes. Pulte has built only Energy Star homes for the last several years. The suburb Henderson is getting Nevada's first Green Building, Green Valley Lofts. -Charles
Posted by Jacqulyn Richey, Las Vegas Real Estate (Prominent Realty Group) over 12 years ago
Sharon...just found your  comment. Thanks...and have updated the missing link.
Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) about 12 years ago
Charles...I must  come to see the "greening" of Las Vegas. Actually Henderson is one of my favorite places.  
Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) about 12 years ago

The one potential drawback about sealed crawl spaces, at least from a home inspectors point of view (I just talked with one today) is the difficulty they have checking for termites or other wood destroying organisms.

Posted by Bill Westel, ECO (Eco-Steward Realty) about 12 years ago
Bill... That's a very interesting point. I am dealing with a case like that right now. Did the inspector say how that would play out if the wall were block...?
Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) about 12 years ago
Like you I watch trends. I figure that's one way I can help "invent" 2010. As an investor, I really appreciate that you are keeping an eye on the trends in the real estate market. I wonder if you have heard much about a trend toward retrofitting houses.
Posted by Anonymous about 12 years ago
Hello...Yes, I do watch trends. Here in the Asheville area, it seems more and more people are getting ready to do some kind of improvment whether that be as simple as weather-stripping  or using Low VOC paint...or more complicated...adding solar panels...for example. As energy costs rise, so do consumer interests in remedying that situation.
Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) about 12 years ago

In response to the writer who commented,

" I really appreciate that you are keeping an eye on the trends in the real estate market. I wonder if you have heard much about a trend toward retrofitting houses."

I have let you know that I am a land specialist...but even so, just by keeping an 'ear out" in the neighborhoods and towns my Firm services I have heard a great deal about a trend toward taking our incredible bungalows and retrofitting them. In fact, after I read your comment, I checked with our MLS and found about30 such properties that have been sold in the past year. 

 

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 11 years ago

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