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De-Mystifying the “Green-THING" as you look for a Green Home for Sale

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De-Mystifying the "Green-THING"

Green Homes & Land, Various Verdant Variables & Gorgeous Green "Complexions"--A Mystery?

Here's a solution. Take a look at the photo to your left.  It could be a quick reference point. I took it overlooking the valley that rolls out beneath my home here in Asheville, North Carolina. At first glance, you notice what appears to be a colorful array of flowers and berries, right?  

But take a second look. Those aren't berries; they are buds. And do you see a "tiny" home (on your left) in the distance?  Wing across the valley with me now.  Land on the rooftop of that "not-so-tiny" 5,000 sq. ft. home.

Aha! It's a whole new world.

 

Like the scene in the photo, the "complexion" of sustainable development and green-built homes is varied and variable, depending on your perspective and your perception. Getting the whole picture can be illusive.  That sure was the case with "Kristy", one of my Asheville real estate clients. She found the many "shades of green" that come into play in land preparation, home building, possibly even the entire design process quixotic. Here's her story:

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Like a number of real estate clients these days, my client totally was intrigued with the idea of conservation land for sale in the Asheville area. The idea captivated her, and led her boldly to choose to  build a green home. She even liked the idea of being in a community that bordered land in conservation-land planned with sustainable design in mind. So, over the past week,  together we had searched for green homes for sale in Asheville, but she had come to the conclusion that it would be "more fun" to find land and build green.

Soon afterwards, on a blustery day, just as my client made the decision to invest in land- rolling land- -land perfect for nature-loving people and their horses, with riding trails right off the property- land where she and her partner would build a south-facing "green home" looking out to the distant mountains, suddenly Kristy was overtaken with ambiguity.   On that decision day, as the skies darkened and flashed and had us both jumping,  as if coaxed by the weather, in thunderous tones and above the storm, she blurted out,

"To tell you the truth, janeAnne, I am a bit "nervous" about this whole ‘Green-THING!"                                                       

 "Green ideas are new to me, " she sang out between thunderclaps. " I guess that's why they are mysterious. Actually, I can't even tell you exactly why I am so attracted to green-built homes, except for they smell nice, and feel cozy, especially on days like today." Hastily she added, "I  think that's a good omen!".  

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I can relate to her puzzlement. As we know, the "complexion" of built-healthy homes is varied and, at times, can be illusive. A green home can be large as the green luxury abode(see my  photo below of one of our favorite super-green homes on the market here in Asheville.).  Or (more commonly) it can be small.  It can be totally, partially, or nearly "green." It can be more or not so much "green" depending on how close to the city and foot/transit friendly it is, and it can be "green" depending on  how it is sited on the land... You get the idea. There's a lot of space for conjecture around  the Green-THING"....

"green" luxury  home asheville, NC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                        "green" luxury abode in Asheville, N.C.

 

 

 

That's why I say, (even after many hours of classroom training, hands-on field work, site evaluations, and a huge interest in sustainable design and development, plus accomplishing my ECO certification,) that  I constantly continue to be surprised at all that is embodied in green development and building. Possibly that's why I have acquired a serious lexicon of adjectives to help me describe such undertakings to my real estate clients... (see below.)

Whatever the impetus, when Kristy expressed interest, I, equipped with "Green-o-Lina's Lexicon" , was heard to say, "Not to worry! I'll email you a splendid collection of green-related adjectives. That should de-mystify the ‘Green-THING', at least to some extent!"

 

De-Mystifying the "Green-THING":
Green Homes & Land, Various Verdant Variables & Green "Complexions"
Green-o-Lina's Lexicon

To de-mystify "green" this simple set of adjectives seems to work wonders for my clients. Here is my current collection of "tell-all" adjectives. Hopefully, these words shed a verdant light on the concepts and benefits of green homes and land  in your life today ...and tomorrow.

Cohesive
ECO-friendly 
Superior 
Economical 
Low-maintenance 
Cost-effective 
Practical
Sustainable
Enduring 
Energy-efficient
Durable
Solar-friendly

Popular
In-demand
Designed -to-Sell

Stylish
Thoutfully-sited

"Down-to-Earth"      "Upsacle

 Valuable
Responsible
Environmentally-sensitive                          

Well-considered      
 High-performing
Adaptable
Savvy 
Progressive
Imaginative
Diverse                                       

 EnergyStar ® Rated
Vibrant   
State-of-the-Art 
"Affordable"                                         

Atractive
 Light-filled
Exciting
Innovative
Inspiring
Unique
Forward-thinking
Elegant
Simple
Charming
Cozy
"Soul-satisfying"

 LEED certified                                     

HealthyBuilt®
Non-toxic
Mold-free
Mildew-free
Allergy free

 

CHALLENGE:  Green-o-Lina's Lexicon needs your adjectives. Just tell me your suggestions in the comment windows, and I'll add them to my list with delight!. And let me know if thinking of "green" homes and land in this way works for you.

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CHALLENGE:  Green-o-Lina's Lexicon needs your adjectives. Just tell me your suggestions in the comment windows, and I'll add them to my list with delight!. And let me know if thinking of "green" homes and land in this way works for you.
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 10 years ago
janeAnne...how about "soul nourishing" & life enhancing
Posted by Lola Audu, Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI ~Welcome Home! (Lola Audu~Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Lola~

YES!!!  I especially like "life-enhancing"...That is one of the best one's I've heard...I am adding both to the collection. Thanks,and add more as they occur to you.

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 10 years ago
How about eco-sational?
Posted by Gary Smith (Agent Marketing Today) over 10 years ago
Hi janeAnne,  what a great idea!  This is a great way to describe Green.  I like the fact that Green Homes are Clean and Eye-Opening.  Just walking through one can teach anyone a lot.  You have a lot of adjectives that I would have put down, I'll keep thinking. 
Posted by Stephanie Edwards-Musa, knitwit at thred UP (thredUP.com) over 10 years ago
JaneAnne-  You are my green mentor.  I will bookmark this post so I can refer back to the list.
Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) over 10 years ago
janeAnne - You are so easy to read and you explain everything so well. And, besides all that, you live in the most gorgeous town in the USA! I do believe heaven looks like Asheville!
Posted by Linda Scanlan (A Fan of AR) over 10 years ago
Well then, You must take more pictures so we can see the buds bloom.
Posted by Susan Trombley, Broker/Realtor, Raleigh, Cary, Wake Forest, Youngs (Trombley Real Estate) over 10 years ago
janeAnne , How about self-sufficient, self-contained, and self-sustainable? Bill Roberts
Posted by Bill Roberts, "Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner (Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate) over 10 years ago
With winter on the way -- I am hearing "energy efficient"  -- or "sun filled"  or even perhaps "geo-thermal" heating and water system  ~~ "picture perfect setting".
Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 10 years ago

Gary~ 

Now that is a really eco-special word you concocted...I'm adding that to my lexicon for sure..eco-sational...we could also add eco-seasonal, eco-sensible...I could go on =)

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 10 years ago

Stephanie~

HEY! you said it without even saying it...I am not sure how that is possible, but you did it anyway when you said that green homes are "eye-opening"!

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 10 years ago

Jennifer~

I bet you will wake up in the middle of the night with 10 adjectives to add to the list...the green-muse will just not rest when it comes to this..(I'm smiling)..and thanks so much for your kind comment!

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 10 years ago

Linda~

Well thank you so much for your kind words! You make my day, and inspire me to keep on writing. Now...I will say what I said to Jennifer...bet you will wake up in the middle of the night with 10 adjectives to add to the list...the green-muse will just not rest when it comes to this..(I'm smiling).. When those words show up, will you do us all a favor and drop a note?

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 10 years ago

Susan~

 Isn't that an amazing photo? Did you see the house over there to the left? It looks so tiny!..and it is huge. OK..your wish is my command...I will-take another photo and add it here of the buds after they have bloomed..weather permitting, of course.

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 10 years ago

Ok, a couple more...

Inspiring,  innovative....   :)

Posted by Stephanie Edwards-Musa, knitwit at thred UP (thredUP.com) over 10 years ago

Stephanie~

 Now I'madding all the adjectives together. maybe I'll write them all into a post! THAT would be green-sational...(as Gary says above)...Today I visited a luxury green property.Maybe I'll give our pals a glance at it...with a good does of adjectives...

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 10 years ago
janeAnne- Lots of great adjectives, I will bookmark this post. How about, Responsible Living? Katerina
Posted by Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services (Get It Done For Me Virtual Services ) over 10 years ago

Katerina~

Thanks for bookmarking this post. I like the idea of an ever-expanding list of positive adjectives...all having to do with your suggestion: Responsible Living.

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 10 years ago
Add Futuristic and Responsible to the list
Posted by Ann Heitland, Retired from Flagstaff Real Estate Sales (Retired from RE/MAX Peak Properties) over 10 years ago

Ann~

I'm adding your suggestions to a growing list...and now I'm going to try to incorporate as many of thse adjectives into a new post! HoHo..that should be a delightful challenge, eh? Maybe I'll make it the NOVEMBER CHALLENGE for the ECO-All-Stars!

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 10 years ago
JaneAnne, sometimes I think the word green shows up on MLS like 'gourmet kitchen' when in fact, there ain't so much green! But I like when you talk about the variations and the degrees of green. I applaud anyone who takes even one step towards green. Ultimately it would be great (in my mind) if there was a windmill on every block and a passenger train from every city in the country. Very good read as always, hope you are well!
Posted by Carole Cohen, Realtor, ePRO (Howard Hanna Cleveland City Office) over 10 years ago

Carole`

Shades and elements of green are good jumping off places...for including in homes...and for discussion, I agree. Like you, I would love to see sustainable neighborhoods with homes powered by gifts of nature other than oil.

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 10 years ago
I would add "energy-independence" or just "independence".  That's a critical value of going green.  How about "off-grid"?
Posted by Jeff R. Geoghan, REALTOR, Marketing Manager (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 10 years ago

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