What a better time to think of value in residential real estate than in the present challenging times. Most are still wondering if the projections of a turn around in the current marketplace are just fiction or truthful. Five steps forward and two back, then three forward and three back.
So what is really going to drive value for the buyer to buy again? What does a buyer consider in today’s economic climate for the decision to buy a home? Do they think of a home for their family in terms of how their parents looked at the purchase? Do they still think a home is the American Dream where investment returns will be offered in the 6-8% in annual growth patterns as in the past?
The current climate offers a new sales technique for mortgage and real estate companies in moving property. The “short sale” market is of value to the investor, but counter productive for future community values. So, if you want to sell a home in this market, what are your options? The appraiser will always look at recent sales, and there have been several homes foreclosed and resold as short sales in your neighborhood. The bad thing is the family that wants to move across town into a nicer home, but the short sales will affect the value of their home dramatically. Appraisers will look at the most recent sales using the cost approach to determine value. This gives you only one real option to take less for your home, and hopefully buy a short sale across town if any are available. I mean why should we take such a loose; we were always on time with our mortgage and taxes, why are we being so affected by others hard times.
So you don’t sell, because you do not want to take such a loss and there are no foreclosures in the area you want to go. What do you do to build value for the future? What do you honestly think will help your home stand out in front of the others? What do you think a buyer is thinking about today? Low utility bills? Are they considering looking into solar or energy savings? Are they curious about green building and green renovation products? Here is an idea. Put ,000 in energy efficient upgrades in your existing home, taking advantage of the tax incentives and rebates. Now, depending on the upgrades you have chosen, the property stands out in this development. With offering up to 65% lower energy bills alone. A buyer desiring your neighborhood may lean towards your home even if there is a short sale for less. The timing couldn’t be better as most are curious on how to renovate to lower utility bills. Green renovations, can make a difference in real estate values. Using healthy materials and installing more high efficiency systems will making a difference in quality of life. While economic times are challenging those involved in the energy sector hold promise for growth. Our company, Green Real Estate Education is educating all sectors in the real estate industry to bring these points to those is there markets. Our educational programs are in demand even in these economic times.
Energy Efficient Homes and proper marketing especially if they offer the added benefit of being green certified properties are some of the most sought after residences and gaining strength daily. The entire building industry is changing towards sustainable and green techniques; it’s about time we embrace the new green revolution.
It is our opinion that a home seller should separate their property from the short sales and get green products and systems into their home as soon as possible. Some may not be thinking of selling right now, maybe in the future. But all renovations need to have energy conservation and the concepts of offering healthier indoor air quality in all they do in the future. . To investigate the best and most affordable way is to do a green renovation that will produce future value, is to hire a one of the 5,000 Green Real Estate Education has trained. A GCMP-GL is a Green Certified Mortgage Professional with a Level One Green Leadership Certification and a GCREP-GL is a Green Certified Real Estate Professional with a Green Leadership Certification. These professionals will offer options many do not even realize exist. Preparing your home for your future and the future of others will be a key to a successful sale. As a buyer, using these professionals will bring you additional information for becoming more aware of what your investment can bring in the future. This can and will support value while separating your home from others.
Ms. Kerry Mitchell established Green Real Estate Education in early 2006, with over 14 years in real estate, in the past as a Maryland Real Estate Professional Broker, and a Licensed Real Estate Broker in the state of Florida. Green Real Estate Education offers the fastest growing “green certification” program in the United States for the real estate industry. Close to 5,000 in the US already have our certifications For under 0, the students get a LOGO TO USE, a manual ,certification and currently in many states and their national affiliations, continuing education credits.
Green Real Estate Education is green “training the chain” of professionals in real estate transactions to bring information to home buyers and home sellers on resources to help in achieving economical energy savings and financing these types of renovations in their home and business environments. They define the “green” certification processes and offer valuable marketing essentials on how NOT to misrepresent this industry.
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Panelists: Steve Mital- Director, UO Office of Sustainability Dr. Greg Bothun- Professor, Department of Physics Joshua Skov- Principal, Good Company Dr. Ryan Herzog- Adjunct Instructor of Finance, Lundquist College of Business and the Department of Economics Marcus Widenor- Instructor, UO Labor Education and Research Center (LERC) Roger Ebbage- Director of the Northwest Energy Education Institute (NWEEI), Lane Community College The panelists share their perspectives on this topic through the lens of their respective professional expertise and academic research. Answering many questions from students hoping to see a future in Green Collar jobs.Community Conversations is an academic program that is one of the Living Learning Initiatives of University Housing in partnership with the Clark Honors College, the Oregon Humanities Center, and Undergraduate Studies. The goal of Community Conversations is to stimulate intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, contrarian debate, and articulate discourse among the 3300+ residential students at the University of Oregon.
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