10 Questions for Green House Hunters

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Burnet

If green is your color and your desire for your new home, then I suggest you take a list at the following questions when your out on your next house hunting adventure.


1. Has the home been certified for energy efficiency or environmental impact by an independent third-party?

2. Is your real estate agent green-minded?

3. How energy efficient is the home now?

4. Is the home oriented for energy-free heating and cooling?

5. Can I outfit it for solar energy?

6. How water-wise is the home?

7. Are lead and asbestos lurking in the home?

8. Are there other indoor air pollution sources?

9. Are there other hazards I should know about?

10. How can I pay for future improvements?



Comments (12)

Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth
Tyghre, this is an interesting topic. I've never had a client ask me to search for them for a green environment house. We've talked about Energy star ratings and locally here in one of our suburbs (Frisco) they have some energy efficient standards. But this list of questions brings it all into focus. As some more value add for your clients I'd learn today's IRS rules for what can be deducted on the taxes for this kind of investment too. The new types of energy efficient water heaters and new types of windows help people save a lot of energy.
Nov 18, 2007 07:35 AM
Gary Smith
Agent Marketing Today - Commerce Township, MI
Tyghre,  Good Questions.  I'm forewarding some to my MLS, trying to get Green Homes some term(s) available for search by Realtors
Nov 18, 2007 10:06 AM
Catherine Sinocruz
Coldwell Banker Select Real Estate - Reno, NV
Broker-Salesperson, ABR, GRI, CRS

Hi Tyghre,

That is such an interesting first name.  "Green Home" is a very new concept here in Reno, NV.  There is a demand though because consumers are becoming more aware.  Our builders are slowly catching up with the demand.


Nov 19, 2007 03:06 AM
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services
This is a great list of questions.  I am going to make sure I know all the answers!  We don't have as many green homes in New Hampshire as I would hope.  However, there are more builders interested in building green -- an now it will take some time to educate the consumer.
Nov 20, 2007 08:48 AM
Delaware Kathy
Dover, DE
What a great idea!  Thanks for the post.  I am going to use this idea in my "New Buyer Packet". 
Nov 21, 2007 09:16 AM
Adrian Willanger
206 909-7536 AdrianWillanger-broker.com - Seattle, WA
Profit from my two decades of experience

Hi Tyghre,

Just don't stop when they say the home has been certified. Ask to see the certification there are many levels of green.


good luck!


Nov 21, 2007 10:26 AM
Tyghre Collentine
Coldwell Banker Burnet - Minneapolis, MN
Thanks Adrian, good point! 
Nov 25, 2007 01:53 PM
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Thanks for your list of questions. It's a good one! I like the graphic as well. I think it is of the Living Home..modulars that are totally eco-friendly, right? We have permisison to use their graphics. . .

Nov 25, 2007 02:56 PM
Stephanie Edwards-Musa
thredUP.com - The Woodlands, TX
knitwit at thred UP
Tyghre,  FANTASTIC questions!  This is a great idea to post.  I think you should add this post to our Green Resources page.
Nov 27, 2007 01:47 PM
Tyghre Collentine
Coldwell Banker Burnet - Minneapolis, MN
Thanks everyone...I'm really starting to get into the green housing movement and I find myself always trying to educate my buyers, but lately, they have been educating me!!!  Best of luck and happy holidays!!!
Dec 05, 2007 09:21 AM
Mary McGraw
GLREA - Rockford, MI
2015: Solar Energy Is Still A Simple Machine!
Tyghre - Excellent post! We all learn from eachother! You are wise to start learning so you are ahead of the curve! 
Dec 05, 2007 01:55 PM
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Angle The Deflector Shields - Angus, MN

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Dec 15, 2007 04:41 PM