For Realtors

Energy efficiency is often thought of as a feature only benefiting the homeowner. It reduces the energy consumption of a home, thereby lowering utility bills and helping homeowners save money. Yet this fact, in and of itself, demonstrates how Energy Fit Homes℠ certification could be of real value to the real estate industry.

FACTOR INTO PURCHASE DECISION

A 2011 survey by the National Association of Realtors found that 87% of homebuyers considered the cost of heating and cooling somewhat important when buying a home1. If a homebuyer has narrowed down his or her choices, Energy Fit Homes certification could very well solidify the decision to make an offer on a particular home.

ADDED VALUE TO CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE

Many homebuyers don’t know a thing about the real estate market, and they must defer to you for guidance. The more information you have at your disposal, the more value you add to the customer experience. With an Energy Fit Homes-certified property, you can share exactly how the house will provide greater comfort to homeowners and cost less to own.

GREATER FLEXIBILITY IN UPDATES

Most homebuyers would rather invest in cosmetic updates to a home than energy-saving features. The requirements for Energy Fit Homes certification verifies that a home already meets the standards for energy efficiency, so homebuyers can save their money to do the things they really want to do to make a house their own.

SUPPORT PROPERTY VALUE

Back in 2012, USA Today reported that green-certified homes sold for 8.5% more per square foot than their uncertified counterparts2. With Energy Fit Homes certification, you have one more tool to explain why a home is valued at a certain price, especially when the homebuyers can’t physically “see” the value.

Interested in finding out more or hosting a presentation?

To learn more about how Energy Fit Homes certification fits into the home-buying process, give us a call at (612) 335-3483 or email ismith@mncee.org. We are also available to give group presentations to further explain Energy Fit Homes.

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Why Buy an Energy Fit Home?

National Association of Realtors. 2011. “Profile of Homebuyers and Sellers, 2011.” National Association of Realtors.
USA Today. 2012. “Study: Green Homes Sell for 9% More in California.” USA Today.