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Going Green in Texas : Real Estate Advice

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Mon Feb 4, 2013
Claudia McShane answered:
Dear Steve,

E-mail me all your criteria and I will send you search that will match what you are looking for.

Claudia McShane
Joyce Klein Realtors
(210) 744-4502
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Wed Feb 20, 2013
Andrea Brooks answered:
It will depend on many factors such as the number of stories, age of the hvac system, does it have a swimming pool, type of insulation, etc. There simply isn't an average that can take all these factors into account. Energy efficient windows will make a difference but again, quantifying that is difficult considering all the other factors that might impact the over all efficiency of the home. ... more
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Wed Jul 18, 2012
tjbpalmer answered:
footnote...I'm looking at 3br, 2.5bath, +2000sf homes for 2 adults/2kids. On the high end of my home search I'm finding +5yrs houses w/no energy saving features asking $210-250K. On the low end, 2011-2012 new construction from $190-210K with many energy efficiency features. Why pay to install in old homes when I get more & for less, in newer homes? ... more
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Fri Aug 10, 2012
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Hi Elizabeth, this question might be better directed to your plumber or tax professional.

Best wishes, Jim
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Mon Nov 14, 2011
Tina Lam answered:
Edward,

That's a pretty big size range. There are thousands of possible variables that determine the price of a custom house. You should budget somewhere around $90-150/sqft for just the cost of the home before the cost of the lot, with the higher cost applicable for a smaller house. ... more
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Wed Sep 3, 2014
Holly Allen answered:
Try Natural Gardener. They have lots of great things!
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Fri May 20, 2011
Dan Chase answered:
Up here a man put a slate roof on his ranch. A very expensive and long lasting roof. When he went to sell it he gained no value at all. Buyers expect a roof. If you put a premium roof on your house it may generate premium viewings but not a premium price.

I would not count on any improvements you make to add you profit. Most lose more money than it costs to add them.
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Tue Jan 26, 2010
Sonsie Conroy answered:
If I were buying now, I would insist on dual-pane windows, extra insulation in both walls and attic spaces, a high-efficiency heater and a/c (depending on the climate), solar hot water heating if practical, and solar heating for a pool or spa if there was one on the property. I'd also want Energy Star appliances that save on electricity, gas, and water (for dishwashers and clothes washers). ... more
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Sun May 6, 2012
Betina Foreman answered:
Dear Kim,
Some HOA's have restrictions about the type of roof you may have, composition/metal/slate/tile. Some HOA's go as far as restricting the installation of solar panels. I sincerely hope that this changes, now that people begin to see the real value that solar panels produce. If there is a particular neighborhood your concerned about let me know. I may have the HOA information in my files. I try to save this information for this exact type of question!
Sincerely,
Betina

Betina Foreman Realtor
Keller Williams
1801 S. MOPAC, #100
Austin, TX 78746
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Wed Dec 31, 2008
David Moody answered:
I'm assuming your use of the word apartment states you are renting.

You can start with the obvious: take steps towards the efficiency of your utilities at hand. Since you do not own the furnace and AC unit you are limited to keeping the air filter updated keeping the thermostat down to conserve energy there. Of course there is also the changing of the light bulbs. I've been making it a habit to turn down the thermostat when I leave for the day.

Talk to the owner to see what he/she is willing to do, i.e., new windows, maintenance appointments for the furnace, weather sealing and beefing up the insulation.

If you do not own the property you are living in there's very little I would advise in the way of modifying the structure to make it greener. You will leave one day to move to something else and the money and efforts you put into where you are leaving now will belong to the owner and you've lost in that respect. The condition of the structure is the responsibility of the owner and if he/she does not want to take the property green, there's very little you can do to compel these steps.

Now, if you are thinking about purchasing in the future and you want a property that is green, there are so many websites that offer ideas and advice on greening up your home. The thing is that you could spend so much time looking for a green home, that it might be a better idea to look for a loan that will include provisions to update the home you are buying. It's a headache and getting the equity out of your newly updated home over the next few years is likely not going to happen, but in the long run (ten years or so) it will pay off.
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Thu Oct 23, 2008
Bruce Lynn answered:
Unfortunately there is no clear definition of a "green built home" yet. Energy Star for example is a marketing idea, not necessarily a green idea.
Standards for green homes might include direction, instant hot water, lighting, solar panels, min AC SEER rating, min insulation rating, construction materials such as bamboo, insulation types such as foam vs blow, radiant barriers, etc. How about yards....should they be xeriscape?
I see very few homes built in what I consider really green fashion and in many ways they are not green at all.
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Sat Aug 30, 2008
Gene Schmidt asked:
garden and small fruit orchard on about an acre of land at a reasonable cost?
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