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Making Efficiency Trendy in Home Buying

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July 12, 2011 - 1:26pm

Orange Shag Carpeting? Or Granite Countertops?

We all know that real estate gets trendy. And there’s nothing like a home sale to tell you if you are in or out of fashion. Homes with the orange shag sell for less. Homes with the new granite sell for more.

There’s a trend brewing. New homes are getting more and more green. And that’s making owners of existing homes look for ways to lower their own energy bills and make their homes more comfortable. At the same time, tools are evolving that will help home owners figure out how much energy their home uses, compare it to others and plan improvements. An interface with the local Multiple Listing Service will make it easy to promote home features after energy improvements are complete.

We’re moving in a direction for sellers of energy-improved homes to have higher value potential at resale. And it will become easier for interested home buyers to find these homes.

Whether you are an orange shag or granite countertop sort of home, the tools are coming that will make improving your home or shopping for a new one easier.

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