Green features important to home buyers

The National Association of REALTORS® annual survey, Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers 2010, found some interesting GREEN facts about home buying decisions.

Commuting costs and environmental efficiency are more and more becoming factored into purchase decisions. 35% rated commuting costs “very important”, 35% said they were “somewhat important” and less than a quarter rated them “not important”.

The #1 environmentally-friendly feature considered “Very Important: by all buyers in all regions was heating and cooling costs. In the West, where I do business, the next “very important” features (in order of importance) were: energy efficient lighting, energy efficient appliances, landscaping for energy conservation, and environmentally friendly community features.

What do you think? Are these important to you or your buyers when looking for a home?

If “green” materials, ratings, design, living and technology are important to you when finding a home, be sure to use a NAR Green Designee. I was Orange Count’s first GREEN Real Estate Broker and am happy to help you with any of your needs.

More info can be found at

Best Regards,


Past President, Orange County Assoc. of Realtors



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