GREEN Archive

The ‘Prius Effect’ on Home Sales?

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR Magazine More studies are showing the power of green on boosting sales prices. In the most recent study, University of California researchers found that green-certified, single-family homes sold for $34,800 more — or 9...
October 8, 2012

Can You Retrofit Older Homes to Increase Resale Value?

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR Magazine About 130 million homes were built prior to energy codes and are in need of an energy retrofit, panelists said Saturday at the session New Tricks for Old Homes during the REALTOR Conference...
November 13, 2011

The Latest Innovations in ‘Green’ Homes

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Green building and products continue to gain traction in real estate, and some of the latest “green” products not only are helping home owners trim energy bills but also making their homes work...
June 29, 2011

Don’t Do These at Home: 3 Big Remodeling Mistakes

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Remodeling a kitchen, bathroom, or other room to increase a home’s value can be a good idea, but home owners need to be careful when undergoing a remodeling task to ensure they don’t...

Solar Panels Can Boost Home’s Resale Value, Study Finds

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Home owners may write off solar panels as too costly (installation can cost upwards of $15,000), but a new study suggests that installing solar panels can pay off. Researchers find that solar panels...
April 22, 2011

How About Some “Green” on the MLS?

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine If a buyer asks for homes with green, eco-friendly features, you might sometimes find it a time-consuming search to find that perfect “green” match. But a new online tool kit is offering guidance to...
April 26, 2010

Desire to Go Green in 2010

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Nearly 50 percent of American adults say that their New Year’s resolution for 2010 is to go green, and even more said they are going to strive to reduce their household energy usage...
February 18, 2010

10 Hot Home Products for the New Year

By Don Logay As the unofficial “What’s New Guru” of the home improvement industry, I attend numerous trade shows throughout the year and scour lots of magazines and trade publications looking for new and exciting products, intriguing concepts and...
December 22, 2009

Philly Development Offers Glimpse of Green Real Estate’s Future

By Erica Christoffer, Contributing Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Denise Lehmann and Alex Plessett are building their dream, quite literally. The builder-REALTOR® pair are the masterminds behind the largest LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) designated green residential development in...
September 24, 2009

Making Sense of Green Home Certifications

By Erik Fowler, Green trends expert This is the fourth article in a series designed to help you make sense of the green landscape as a real estate professional. REALTOR® Magazine’s Styled, Staged & Sold blog and I are...
September 11, 2009