Author Archives: Laura

Fixing “Green” Appraisal Issues at the Source

No one likes a pop quiz, especially when trick questions are involved. But that’s exactly what’s happening to owners and buyers of high-performance homes.  Consumers have been finding out the hard way that they have a right to a qualified … Continue reading

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HERS Lawsuit – Time to “Worry About Yourself!”

For years, I’ve been working towards processes that link data on energy efficiency improvements to the real estate transaction.  And every step of the way I’ve been honest: that every improvement bridges the industries by easing the liability concerns of … Continue reading

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Time is Now to Make Efficiency Financing Work

Yesterday I had the honor to sit in on a high-energy meeting about making energy efficiency financing more broadly appealing and effective.  The FHA Green MLS Roundtable was one of three activities on Thursday to advance President Obama’s Climate Action … Continue reading

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Chicagoland’s First GreenBuilt Home Tour – July 20-21st

Don’t miss  the inaugural GreenBuilt Home Tour, sponsored by the U.S. Green Building Council – Illinois Chapter and the Chicago Tribune.  Choose among 16 exceptional, award-winning, and nationally-recognized sustainable homes in Chicagoland! A few of my favorite architects and some good … Continue reading

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Pioneering MLS App Makes Energy Costs Easy

A partnership project between the City of Chicago, CNT Energy and Midwest Data LLC (MRED) means home buyers in the City of Chicago no longer have to chase down an answer to the simple question, “What are the utility costs … Continue reading

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Back to the Future on Climate and Valuing Efficiency

Two weeks ago, President Obama introduced his Climate Action Plan.  To some, it probably seemed like big news.  But to me, his speech emphasized the “Back to the Future” nature of his plan. The President remarked:  ”This used to be … Continue reading

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Valuing Efficiency in Underwriting

In March, a joint study by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Center for Community Capital and the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) found that owners of ENERGY STAR-rated homes are one-third less likely to default on a … Continue reading

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NAR Appraisal Insights Blog – Three for One Bonus!

Thanks to NAR’s Appraisal Insight blog for inviting me to be a guest-author on green valuation topics. My first blog, Three-for-One Bonus:  V2.0 of Appraisal Institute’s Green & Energy Efficiency Addendum Hits the Street was posted last week.  Read more … Continue reading

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NAHB Finds Top 5 Buyer Wants are Green

NAHB’s study,  What Home Buyers Really Want, captures what buyers of new homes must have, and what they are willing to give up. For the first time, High Performance factors into four of the Top 5 “must haves”: ENERGY STAR appliances (94%) … Continue reading

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More Green Sprouts from Gen Y

It’s the Millennials - Gen Y (born 1982-2002)- that are going to be key to turning the real estate market around. And there’s more and more data coming out about their home buying preferences.  They may not say it directly – but all … Continue reading

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