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Going Green in Brooklyn : Real Estate Advice

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Mon Dec 26, 2011
Mitchell Feldman answered:
Dear Theresa:

The cost to replace a heating system in that size house would usually be about $5,000.00. If you want to separate the hot water, that would cost you an additional $1,500.00. This is also assuming you would use the existing pipes and heat delivery (hot water/steam). You may be able to convert the existing system to gas which would save you money.

You should contact National Grid and see what types of special incentives they are offering to people who switch from oil to gas and then have 2 or 3 licensed plumbers give you estimates for the conversion. If I can be of further assistance, please let me know. Good luck!

Mitchell S. Feldman
Associate Broker/ Director of Sales
Madison Estates & Properties, Inc.
Office: (718) 645-1665/ Cell: (917) 805-0783
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Mon Jun 22, 2009
Grace Hanamoto answered:
Hello Yakov!

Unfortunately, even here in California (a highly environmentally conscious state), I would have to agree with Joe that the current housing buyer will not necessarily choose a "green home" over that of a comparably priced or lower priced non-green home. In most cases, the buyer is driven first by price, then by school district, then by configuration of the home, and finally by the "amenities" added to the home. In many cases, if the buyer is able to satisfy the first three items--price, school and cofiguration of home--they will not even worry about the amenities because the buyer may choose to install any additional items (solar panels, tankless water heater, recycled materials) by themselves at a later date.

So, while a green home is great, at this particular point in time, this selling feature alone will not entice buyers.


Grace Morioka, SRES, e-Pro
Area Pro Realty
San Jose, CA
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Mon Jun 22, 2009
Joseph Runfola answered:
Hello Yakov, Copper and copper alloys, such as brass and bronze, are showing up on roofs, entryways, facades, gutters, and downspouts. Even though it is quite expensive to purchase and install, they're seen as a good long term investment because they tolerate inclement weather. A properly installed copper roof will last more than 100 years, while most traditional shingle roofs only 30 years. Another good green point is that copper elements can be completely recycled, so they will never take up space in a landfill. If you look around Brooklyn and Manhattan you will notice many copper roofs (now a green shade like the Statue of Liberty) on older buildings. Also Yakov, did you know I also sell homes in Brooklyn? ... more
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Fri Jun 5, 2009
Bill Eckler answered:
Welcome to Trulia!

Could you rephrase your question?

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