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Going Green in Santa Clara County : Real Estate Advice

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Wed Sep 3, 2014
Mitchell Pearce answered:
Someone 200:

I am unaware of a state wide regulation or law concerning this subject. However, many cities and towns have ordinances governing tree placement, planting, growing, and cutting. Some also have "view shed" ordinances. Your plantings may run afoul of a view shed ordinance, if Palo Alto has one. I suggest you ask your question of the Palo Alto Planning office. They will know..

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Thu Jul 23, 2009
Linda Baker answered:
Many people like the idea of a "green home." There should be many benefits, including a lower cost to operate the home.
The difficulty is there are not that many LEED certified homes, so the appraiser hasn't been able to see a trend to determine that, yes, there is a market value for that.
Unless you are selling your home, there is no reason to have the home re-appraised. Enjoy your home knowing you have done your part for the environment!
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