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Appraisal Institute Releases Helpful Addendum, Green Home Clarification

A few weeks ago I shared that “Greening the MLS” can help disclose the addition of energy efficient elements in residential construction and how that might affect the liabilities of the MLS system. Last week the Appraisal Institute introduced the Residential Green & Energy Efficiency Addendum, Version 2.0. Laura Stukel, an efficiency “insider,” is developing the Real Estate Transaction […]

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Free Market, Liability, and Greening an MLS – Sorta

A few years ago the MS Dev Authority helped promote green building in Mississippi. They co-sponsored a state-wide Green  Building Contest. Licensed contractors joined and promoted their brand and I helped provide support as an NAHB Green Building Verifier. Through Jo Usry’s leadership, the MLS – Multiple Listing Service of Jackson now includes sections (called […]

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They’re Flocking to Buy These Energy Efficient Homes – Really?

Buyers are flocking? …is that sort-a like a stampede? I read a recent blog article promoting energy codes and how appraisers are recognizing energy efficient homes. The author stated: “consumers are flocking to buy these homes over conventional homes”. Really? The concept of energy savings is very closely related and is affected by an increase in Delta […]

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Successfully Selling a Rehab

The challenges sales agents face continue to plague the market. With the high number of foreclosures on the rise many sales agencies are realizing the benefits of FHA 203K Rehab loan. But how do you sell it? What sets this loan program apart from a standard sale? There are pros and cons to every market […]

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Built Green Offers Substantial Savings both in Price and Ownership

Green built homes save money and offer healthier indoor air quality, not the mention cost less to operate.

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MS Moving Toward Energy Efficiency Policy

Efforts underway in Mississippi to establish statewide energy efficiency standards and programs reflects a growing trend among officials in Southeastern states who are recognizing the value of conserving energy use as a means of achieving economic growth and a clean energy future. The Mississippi Public Service Commission is engaged in a formal process that is […]

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The Facts About FHA’s Energy Efficient Mortgage

As the single largest housing expense after a mortgage payment, your utility costs can have a direct impact on how large a mortgage you can afford. You can save money on the cost of utilities by purchasing new energy-efficient heating and cooling systems or by making home improvements, such as weatherizing and insulating older homes […]

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We Want to Sell and Want to Know the Value of a Home Energy Rating

Statistics show that lowering home energy usage directly improves value. This notion is supported by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, ENERGY STAR, FHA and VA financing instruments. When you increase the value through energy savings the increase is recognized in the new loan. A potential buyer will consider cost to operate the home, but only if […]

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