Rising gas and utility costs increasingly are prompting home buyers to put a greater value on energy efficiency and a home’s proximity to desirable locations. This is because they could spend more in the long run by choosing a less costly home that is 10 miles farther from work or has lower energy-efficient qualities. To save money, increase comfort, and boost resale value, homeowners should consider energy-efficient upgrades, having a Home Energy Rating audit performed to determine where efficiency can be improved. Obtaining a home energy rating system report also can enable buyers or homeowners to qualify for energy-efficient mortgages. Realtors with the EcoBroker or other such designation can help buyers and sellers with energy and other green strategies. | Read More