Does anyone out there (in New Mexico) know of an appraiser that specializes (or at least has a wide knowledge base) in green home appraisals? Green built homes -should- carry a higher value per foot than do "non-eco" homes but there are so few green homes out there to compare.
In fact, The National Association of Realtors reports that Congress is actually considering legislation, HR 6078, which would require energy efficient, energy-conserving, and renewable energy sources be considered as improvements in an appraisal.
The house I am building right now is located in Albuquerque's North Valley, which anyone who knows, is itself a very diverse real estate market community. You can easily find a 70 year old 800 square foot house located next to a newly built one million dollar home. This house I am building is located just north of Griegos and West of Guadalupe Trail, an area which perfectly reflects the range of home values. So on top of getting an appraisal for a more difficult market to pin, I am also dealing with getting a fair and accuarte appraisal for a home which boasts offers features that are not normally included in a home (such as a rain catchment system, 12 inch walls, rammed earth trombe walls, etc), features which will also lower energy bills.
Any recommendations and/or thoughts on this issue are greatly appreciated. Thanks!