I also am involved in the NH RE Investor's Association, and am a RE Investor myself- so if you'd like to chat at some point, I may be able to help you out. If you'd like, please contact me via email or phone. Thanks, and Good luck,
PS- I also used to work for a real estate developer, and I know a little about creating housing and that whole end of the game...
The first part of your question is financing, right now conventional loans are very hard to get for investment properties, you need to have 740+ credit and a good chunl of money to put down. There are some owner financing properties that do come up as well, however they are snapped up quickly. You would first need to talk to a mortgage broker who can prequailfy you and let you know what we you would need for money down etc, it is no cost to do this, i can refer you to someone who is realy good if you want to email me. I work with alot of bank owned multi's so i can certainly get you a great deal.
As far as the energy independant proeprties, the cost is prohibitive unless you are getting grants. the tax breaks are great but you have to front the money up front.
It's Ron Fredette. Here are some REI links w/financing tabs....please stay in touch!