How much value does solar add to a home?

Asked by Jon, Niskayuna, NY Tue Jul 1, 2008

Solar companies claim that every $1000 of annual savings translates to $20,000 on the value of a house (e.g. ). I'd like to hear what brokers think of this, especially in southern California. Thanks.

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Dot Chance, Agent, Burbank, CA
Tue Jul 1, 2008
Jon, you asked a great question. It is really too early in the game to see how much of a return green features in a home will provide.

Personally, I would pay a bit more for a home with solar energy and some other green features as well...the market is yet to prove how much value these features will add.
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Vicky Chrisn…, , 20176
Tue Jul 1, 2008
no - it doesn't work like that. no magic number. once its part of the house, it is part of the house and a package deal. the value increases and decreases based on market conditions, age & maintenance of equipment and the buyers perceived value.
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Elizabeth H…, Agent, Manasquan, NJ
Tue Jul 1, 2008
How much did it cost to put in?
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