Green Real Estate
Green Real Estate Designation
Chris Scott is one of only 5% of realtors nationwide with an Official NAR Green Designation. He has the skills and knowledge to help you understand how energy efficiency affects the value of your home, and how to save money in the long term by buying a house with green features.
Green living can be a lot simpler then going big and covering your roof with solar panels. Energy efficient appliances, LED lighting, caulking around windows and doors… all of these small details can add up to big savings on your energy bill and the environment at the end of the year.
Beyond the dollars and cents, green living will help assure that our resources are still available for future generations to enjoy the same standard of living. As the population grows, we need to take action. Green building is a great place to start, as buildings consume 14% of potable water, 40% of raw materials, and 39% of energy in the U.S. alone according to the Green Building Council. These practices reduce waste, conserve natural resources, improve both air and water quality, and protect ecosystems and biodiversity.
But living in a green environment isn’t just good for the environment; it’s good for YOU. You can enhance your overall quality of life by improving the air and water in your home and reducing noise pollution through sustainable design and technology. Green homes are healthier, more comfortable, more durable and more energy efficient and have a much smaller environmental footprint than conventional homes.
Green living is not just a small niche for the environmentalists anymore; it is the future of real estate. Two-thirds of homebuyers are interested in green features for their future homes for both cost savings and healthy living. Sustainable properties are growing rapidly due to consumer demand, residential builders, federal government incentives and local government policies. The numbers also back it up: home buyers spend an average of 12,400 more for energy efficient homes, according to the National Association of Realtors.
Chris Scott is passionate about helping his clients understand the value of green real estate and green living for improving their own lives as well as the value of their homes. He has access to a wealth of resources to help you determine your baseline of current efficiency and how to get to where you want to go. His website bendoregonrealestatebroker.com will grow over the coming months to include great articles about green building and living and how it applies to buying and selling your home in Central Oregon.