Green Appraiser in New Mexico

Real Estate Agent with Earth Origins Realty

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!

Comments (5)

Susan Moore

Hi Paul,

I might know someone who can help you, I'll call her this am.  I live in Albuquerque and know she's done apprasials for the past 8 years here in town.  I'll give you a call after I reach her.

Nov 11, 2008 12:50 AM
Paul Chavez
Earth Origins Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Albuquerque Realtor, NM EcoBroker, and General Contractor

Great!  Thank you Susan.  I really appreciate it! Best,


Nov 11, 2008 01:16 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Paul, I hope you get some help, I think it's wonderful that you're having a home built in a healthy way---and while higher priced to build it will save money down the road.

Nov 14, 2008 11:14 AM
Susan Moore
The Plant Atrium of New Mexico - Albuquerque, NM

Hi Paul,

Was just following up  to make sure you connected with the appraiser.  Let me know if you didn't.  I can be reached at 507-4648.


Nov 17, 2008 01:36 PM
Mobile Austin Notary
Apostille/Authentication/Embassy Legalization, Notary Public, Loan Signing Agent & Process Server Services - Austin, TX

I hope that things work out for you.Butterfly

Dec 09, 2008 01:03 PM