Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Small Housing Approaching the New Normal | Living Future

This video is so INSPIRING! A 16 year old built this small house. We could all live within a much smaller footprint. He is living within 130 square feet.

Small Housing Approaching the New Normal | Living Future

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Getting the credit you deserve! A tip for sellers.

I am pleased to announce that soon you will be able to market your home as a green retrofit, remodel or new build through the NWMLS. Wahoo! It's about time.

You deserve the credit for putting the time, energy and money into all of those sustainable choices. Let's say you invested in energy saving appliances or lighting fixtures, water saving fixtures, no or low voc paints, used reclaimed timbers or more. Well then, you deserve to brag about it!

Here's something else to think about....some buyers are opting to use energy audits in place of home inspections! As a seller, you may want to get an energy audit done before you put your house on the market. You can then decide whether to make the upgrades before you list it. And now a days, energy, or let's say the lack of using it, SELLS!

Someday all houses on the market may have stickers on them (showing energy usage, water usage, etc.) Yes, transparency in the residential market is in the near future. And if your house fails miserably, you may have a tough time moving it on the market.