solar: What Millennials Expect of the New Real Estate Market - 10/01/19 08:35 AM
By Syd Ulrich-Dogonniuck, Sustainability Content Writer for Realty Sage
Millennials have changed nearly every aspect of life as we know it, so why wouldn’t the Real Estate market feel those changes too? Here’s a look at what Millennials want and how the housing market needs to change to meet those demands.
Online Accessibility:
Millennials are constantly online. It doesn’t matter if they’re on a laptop, on their phones, using Bluetooth headphones, or doing something with the intention of putting it on some social media platform later. No matter how you look at it, online is the only place to be.
While I understand you can’t compress a whole house into … (0 comments)

solar: Busting the Millennial Real Estate Myth - 09/09/19 10:18 AM
By Syd Ulrich-Dogonniuck, Sustainability Content Writer for Realty Sage
Millennials. Go ahead, groan, I know you want to. When I hear “Millennial” I even want to groan, and I am a Millennial!!
I feel like the word just has so many layers to it at this point, and those layers run the whole spectrum from good to bad to ugly. That being said, one thing that Millennials have undeniably brought to the table is change. And change can be good, bad and ugly depending on how you look at it. But on the other side of change is a bright future!
Real Estate: The Millennial Wave
So many areas of life … (0 comments)

solar: Unlocking Your Home’s Value With Sustainability - 08/18/19 02:36 PM
By Syd Ulrich-Dogonniuck, Sustainability Content Writer for Realty Sage
Whether you are a homeowner looking to sell your house soon or live in it for years to come, sustainability is a proven method to increase the value of your home and have a positive environmental impact!
In a recent survey conducted by the National Association of Realtors, over 61% of home-buyers said they were interested in homes that had sustainable features—such as smart features, lighting efficiency, and lowered utility costs—and energy efficiency and “low-maintenance” features are within the top 5 selling points for most first-time home buyers.
While there are hundreds of factors that go into … (2 comments)

solar: Solar Dog Homes. Yes, it's a thing! - 08/07/19 10:33 AM
When solar goes to the dogs. Literally.
by Kari Klaus, Founder of
Denver hosted the 2017 US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon which was described," as a life-changing competition for collegiate students and an intensive course in sustainability for consumers." However, a much more light-hearted, side competition was happening for solar dog homes. It demonstrated just how much we care for our furry friends and the environment. 
Travelers passing through the Denver International Airport were encouraged to take a look at the display of custom dog houses with solar-power called the Sustainable BARKitecture Dog House Competition. It was all for a good cause and in honor of the … (7 comments)

solar: The Real Estate Forecast Looks Sunny! - 08/05/19 02:40 PM
By Syd Ulrich-Dogonniuck, Sustainability Content Writer for Realty Sage
If you ever studied Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs in an intro Psychology or Humanities course you may recall that the first level of need is about the basics: food and water. Maslow said that after the basics were accounted for, then a person could move on to the next levels of personal betterment. But…in today’s day and age, as silly as it may sound, I’d honestly add electricity in to that first level of need.
People really do start to do crazy things when their lives aren’t powered up! I know people who will go to the ends of the … (2 comments)

solar: The Story of the Passive, Solar, Off-Grid Home Listing - 07/28/19 02:00 PM
Real estate agents are busy; the hustle and bustle of transactions, listings and getting the next client can easily lead to forgetting to tell the full story behind the homes we list.
If agents want buyers to fall in love with their listing, then they should consider telling the home’s love story --- the care and attention which went into the home’s creation; its materials, design, and homeowner benefits. In Taos County, New Mexico one of those extra special homes, carefully designed and built by an architect, has a unique story about why it's superior to most other home listings.  
A Home’s Story Told by its … (0 comments)

solar: Get Money for Your Green Upgrades - 03/14/17 08:05 AM
A fixer-upper’s guide to find money for residential energy efficiency upgrades. By Lyra DeLora  Content Contributor for 

For first-time homebuyers who are willing to put in a little sweat equity, and make their new homes more energy efficient in the process, here are a few financial resources to help fund renovations:
- Tax Credits
- Rebates
- Grants
- Loans
Tax Credits Beginning in 2017, only solar panels and solar water heating projects will benefit from an IRS tax break. But, homeowners may receive up to 30% of costs associated with installing one of these solar energy systems, in the form of a federal tax credit. This credit … (0 comments)

solar: How to Host an Open House with Solar Panels - 03/02/17 07:30 AM
By Lyra DeLora Content Contributor for
Hosting an open house for a property with solar panels is an excellent opportunity to establish yourself as your community’s expert in green homes, sometimes also known as eco-friendly or energy efficient homes. Here are a few tips to help set the stage for a successful sale, and possibly earn a new client or two.
If you’re a pro, it’s likely you already know how to prepare for an open house; but, before slipping that sheet of cookies into the oven, consider putting a little extra preparation into the following areas:
Types of questions people will ask
Get … (1 comments)

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