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John Barry, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA

What are the new trends in "green housing" in the Scottsdale area... My daughter is buying a home there, within a year.

Asked by John Barry, San Francisco, CA Mon Dec 10, 2012

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The home builders in Scottsdale and the entire Phoenix Metro Area have really made significant strides in improving the energy efficiency of homes vs. home built 10 years ago. Builders are utilizing solar panels, energy efficient HVAC systems, improved insulation techniques and roofing systems to make today's new homes extremely energy efficient. Some homes in our market offer a 60 - 80% reduction in your utility bills vs homes built in the 80's and early 90's. Even though these homes don't offer all the Green features found in California, the advances in energy efficiency is a very compeling reason to look at new home construction in the Phoenix Metro Area. Let me know if I can assist your daughter in her future real estate needs. I specialize in Scottsdale Real Estate and New Home Communities.

Rob Ryan
Gallery Collection
The Luxury Division of West USA Realty
602-828-1589
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Hi John, it really depends on what area your daughter looks to purchase in. There are some new home builders definitely adding green packages to their options but you will see more green building with remodels in the S. Scottsdale/Arcadia area.

I can certainly show you all the options available but again, it really depends on what area your daughter prefers that will dictate which green options are available.
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The only new homes being built in Scottsdale are high end homes in the north part of Scottsdale. Some of those builders will offer solar packages, but the "green housing" has not really arrived in Phoenix yet like it has in California. I have a buyer from the Bay Area right now building a new home in Desert Ridge and theyare asking about low or no VOC Paints, Solar, Low E Glass, etc. The paints are headed in the right direction and the windows have been great for years, but many builders just are not seeing the cost benefit for solar.

I believe one of the other agents suggested that you look at resale and then consider adding the Green Systems you desire. You have to also be aware that some HOAs may restrict certain things like water cisterns for irrigation.

There are many great Realtors out there, make sure your daughter picks one that will be honest and give her all of her options. She will be spending a fair amount of money and should have faith and trust in her agent that they are doing their absolute best for her.

If I can be of assistance please let me know.

All the best to you and your daughter. Happy Holidays!!

Howard Rudin
WEST USA REALTY
602-390-8088
http://www.realtyremarks.com
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John,
I know a builder in Scottsdale, building homes with various green options. If your daughter is not working with an agent, I would appreciate opportunity to assist her desires in the Scottsdale Area.
I am a licensed realtor since 1994. Arizona Resident since 1966. Please give me a call.
Mary Cutaia
Realty One Group
mcutaia@realtyoneaz.com
480-620-1339
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Solar panels, high efficient HVAC systems, double pane glass, solar heaters pools, water cisterns for irrigation, wind energy, man made building materials, and foam reflective roofs. Metal roofs with the old shingles underneath look like tile but are very efficient and have life time guaranty in some cases.
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Hi John

Right now there are only a few green homes being built (Custom). You can always request green when buying a new home and many new home subdivision will offer green packages. In Scottsdale Green homes or homes that offer Green packages are priced in the higher end of the market. You can always purchase a re-sale home and add features (solar panels, insulation, etc) to convert it to a green home and this might be much cheaper.

Juan Pesqueira
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Hi John,

Is your daughter working with a Realtor yet? Would this purchase be a new build or resale? If your daughter is interested in being "green", a new build is a good start, seeing how it can be customized with what ever green technology she would like. However, a resale, if purchased at the right price, can be personally customized by her.

I would be happy to help when she is ready.

Thanks for the question,
Linda Matejko
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Yes, green building programs are very important these days, and most new home builders offer "green" homes that include upgraded insulation, windows, larger overhangs and of course solar equipment for generating electricity, hot water, pool heaters etc.

The City of Scottsdale has just adopted a Green Building Program that provides building codes for new and existing homes as defined by the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and International Green Construction Code (IgCC).

Check out this website for information and several webinars on Green Building Codes:

http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/greenbuilding

Joe Domino
602-503-4194
http http://:www.Scottsdale-AZHomes.com
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Is your daughter purchasing a new home or a resale home?
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