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Going Green in Massachusetts : Real Estate Advice

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Sat Jun 11, 2016
Tara Skinner answered:
Usually wood burning fireplaces only heat up the immediate area and not the entire house. A lot depends on the size of the house and the size and location of the fireplace.
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Fri Mar 6, 2015
dave7698 answered:
Buyer BEWARE! We purchased and installed two rooms of the Morning Star Bamboo flooring this past fall. It was touted as being the hardest flooring available and care free...Ours is cupping in both rooms and scratches abound as well. LL refuses to come look and have only sent a letter stating we must have done something wrong or have a water leak in our foundation. LL does not stand behind their product. We don't have any water pipes in our foundation (mani-block system). We don't have humidity issues since we have a Lennox A/C-heater system that maintains it at 40% typically year round.

We used their products to place it down. It was easy to do and it looked nice for about 6 weeks...We use the cleaning products and process they told us to follow as well. Our home has never had any water or moisture concerns, though simply looking at pictures we sent to them, they say we do.

We liked the green aspects, but have wasted $4K doing it...

Dave Wagoner, Cibilo, TX
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Sat Apr 23, 2011
Melinda Doane answered:
Yes, Hamilton and Wenham have recently begun the process to become designated as Green Communities through the state wide Green Communities Grant Program. For additional information, click the following link:
I am a "green" realtor having earned the designation from the National Association of Realtors and I work with team of green professionals including architects, landscape designers and interior designers in the Hamilton area. Please feel free to contact me with any additional questions and happy to assist you with any of your real estate needs.
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Sat Apr 24, 2010
Marlene Bienes-Realtor answered:
I agree with Elizabeth I would definitely consult a geothermal system in order to fit this system with the home you also need to find out the type of maintenance it will need and how much it would run you. With all this being said that is a good investment to a custom home specially one that you will live in. Just think of it this way the more energy-efficient and green you make your home the more savings you will enjoy for years to come and when its time to sell the home value increases by about $20.00 for every $1.00 reduction in annual utility bill.

Hope this helps.
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Wed Jul 1, 2009
Ed and Margot Brody answered:
We agree that land prices have fallen and we hear that building costs are down. Definitely investigate prefabs. BUT there is a reason that builders put large expensive homes on land they buy. That is the only way they can recover their costs in the land and site work, which can be considerable. If you want to put a small house on the land you purchase, be aware that you are going to lose money if you need to resell in the near future. Building a house is best not considered an investment to make a quick profit but a way to have your perfect home for many years to home. ... more
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