I have such an earth berm home listed right now (see link below). Local banks may loan money on these homes but it is considered a non-conventional loan.
For expert advice on home loans, I would suggest you get pre-qualified and ask questions through Bob Buchanan at 785-979-1073.
As to the value, an earth contact home has tremendous utility savings value, lower exterior maintenance value, lower value when it comes to re-sell on down the road due to difficulty in getting a non-conforming loan
over a conventional loan.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any further questions.
Thanks and "Don't keep me a secret--I'm never too busy for your referrals!"
Rob (FREE Home Warranty and FREE Home Values Report with every home you buy or sell through me!!)
Rob Lang, CRS, ABR, ePro, GRI, CFPS RealtorÂ®
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