Not so long ago helping the environment meant recycling plastic and newspapers, but today it has evolved into "green" thinking and extends to our homes and our living environments.
According to a recent NAR survey, nine out of 10 Realtors® said their clients are interested in energy efficient features of green homes and the potential cost savings of such features. An overwhelming 90 percent agreed there will be even more interest in green building practices a year from now.
Results of a Harris Interactive poll by Move, Inc. show potential home buyers consider "green" building features more important than luxury amenities. Almost half of the adults surveyed (49 percent) said features such as solar panels or energy-saving appliances were "important," compared to just 31 percent who rated luxury amenities important.
Ninety-three percent of all home buyers are not willing to pay more for green or energy efficient features when building a home, according to a recent independent study commissioned by The New York Times Customer Insight Group.
However, a recent survey from Green Builder Media reports U.S. home buyers are willing to pay a premium for more environmentally friendly, green-built homes.
More than half of home builders surveyed (250 residential builders across the U.S.) said that buyers are willing to pay a premium of between 11-25 percent for green-built homes. The same builders report that the average green home buyer is between the ages of 35-50 with a college degree and fair understanding of green products.
Despite the conflicting statistics, the U.S. Green Building Council believes thinking "green" is an industry trend, rather than a passing fad; not only does it save on energy costs, it is better for our overall health and the environment as a whole.
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