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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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Are Radiant Barriers Worth the Money?

Radiant barriers are cool! Well, actually they get quite warm, but they help the space below them stay cooler when used on a roof assembly above an unconditioned attic. They can drop the temperature of an attic about 20° F. But are they cost effective? How much in actual savings on your energy bills can […]

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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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Benefits of an Energy Efficient New Home

An energy efficient home allows you to take control of your investment. Today, it is possible and practical to have it all – a more comfortable and durable home while doing your part for national energy independence and environmental protection. It’s a win-win situation for everyone – now and for future generations.

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