The Importance of a “Green Home”

Green HomeAre today’s homebuyers really looking for a “green home?” Yes they are!  Recent consumer preference surveys indicate that energy-efficient features top homebuyer wish lists today.

Green elements are increasingly used in newly built homes and are topping the list of those remodeling their existing home. A recent survey by The National Association of Home Builders found that 62% of single-family builders and 54% of multifamily developers were completing at least 15% of their projects as green (meaning achieving the requirements specified by a recognized green building standard or equivalent). And the study also found that 19% of single-family builders built more than 90% of their homes as green.

Here’s a snapshot of the most popular green features that can attract homebuyers:

  • Energy efficient appliances
  • A home in an environmentally friendly community (like we have here in Sonoma and Napa Valley!)
  • Solar panels
  • Green heating and cooling measures
  • Energy efficient lighting
  • Energy conserving landscaping, which is so important in California due to our on-going drought

Homebuyer’s ages 34 and younger are searching for newly built homes that are already loaded with green efficiency amenities. Older homebuyers are also citing energy efficiency as a reason to purchase a newly built home

As you can see, going green is not only good for our environment, it’s also good for anyone planning on selling their home. I’d be delighted to share more information on energy efficiency measures that you can easily adopt. If you’re looking to sell in Sonoma or Napa Valley, I would be honored to add your listing to my comprehensive website. If you’re considering buying in the area, I’m happy to arrange tours for you of any of my amazing properties. Call me at 707-953-9456 or contact me via email. I have access to some extraordinary wine country wineries, vineyards, estates and homes in the area.