I would look for an excellent agent who's successful and smart. He or she should be enthusiastic about your house but expecting the agent to be as well versed as you (or even close) on your specialized materials or construction methods isn't realistic. I confess to not knowing off hand - I won't cheat and look them up while I write - what the acronymns you list refer to - but if I were listing your house I would make sure I understood enough about it to do it justice during the marketing process.
You'll want to provide your chosen realtor with information and material about your house. It's always a good idea for sellers to put together a blurb or more about their home for buyers. In your case you might want a short version that can be part of the handout for the property with additional info in a binder left out for buyers and their agents. Make sure you include your utility bills - a copy of those could be included in the handout for buyers. When it comes down to it that's what most buyers are interested in - saving money.
Don't fall into the trap of making your agent go overboard with super specific info in the MLS listing or in ads etc. You want to stress the energy efficiency for sure - but in broad terms with the specifics saved for your binder. Buyers are looking for numbers of bedrooms, a layout that works for them, outside space, etc. The energy efficiency will likely be the icing on the cake. You may attract some buyers who are specifically very interested in energy efficiency but they're only going to buy your house if it works for them in all other respects.
I would let your agent do his or her thing in terms of where to market your house (presuming they have a good success record with their online and offline marketing program) rather than get too hung up on thinking that specialized magazines, sites, etc are the answer. That being said, ask your agent if he or she can see about getting it featured in the local newspaper's real estate column. It sounds like just the sort of interesting, not-your-average house that editors like to feature in their weekly real estate special.
Our MLS system just made great changes to accommodate the features of green built and energy efficient homes. These features are now visible to home buyers in their search.
It helps to have an agent who can personally show buyers your home, too. I find that when selling unique homes that the listing agent being present for showings is key.
We should chat and see if we could work together.
The are many buyers out there that appreciate the green aspect of the home, and will pay to get it.
Marketing will be everything.
Please call me with any questions.
Amie Morozs - Realtor
Cherry Creek Properties
There are some special places to market these types of homes where people understand what you are selling.
And a good realtor can explain to an appraiser exactly how to give adjustments for these type of things. They don't always give you large adjustments but will give you something.
If you'd like to talk more about it shoot me an email or a call.
The Peak Properties Group
When it comes to pricing and appraisal we can make the argument to an appraiser that your value should be as much higher than the non-green competition as it is in other similar markets. That is what appraisers do when they don't have the local information to support a price adjustment and there is a major factor that needs to be taken into account.
Additionally, there are many very green-built homes in Denver, although not as many as there will be soon. We can find a lot to compare your home to even if the exact construction is not the same.
What I would be most concerned about is finding a Realtor who knows how to market a home that is on a busier street, directly across from an elementary school. Please send me an email or give me a call if you would like to discuss your sale.
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The first place is the MLS. There are specific designations now for green built homes. There are no specific places to market a green built home. I am a 25 year top shelf Realtor in Denver and i don't know what ICF's and SIP's are. There will be fewer buyers who will not have to look this up on Google like I would or 90% of Denver Realtors. You have a great home with state of the art green elements; but you are a little ahead of your time. The right people looking for this level of green built features will find you. Or a normal buyer who likes the home, location ans price will purchase it. Best of success.
Cherry Creek Properties
We do live in an area where buyers would appreciate a green home, however don't expect to get back the full cost of the ICF / SIPs if you spent outrageous amounts of money during your homes construction. What you paid and what a buyer is willing to pay are probably not the same. At the end of the day you could have the most energy efficient home, albeit if the costs are 2x higher than a home not as efficient, most people would chose the cheaper home.
Appraisers know how to make valuations for "the way it will sell", not necessarily the way it was built. Your dollars in over improvement aren't always to be accounted for.
Make it a big selling point but don't consume your listing with the homes green features..a buyer who will appreciate these things will also do their research when they come to look at your home.