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Energy use sneaks up on you. One day, you think you’re being responsible—flipping off lights, not running the AC excessively, turning the TV off after “Game of Thrones”—and the next day, you’re standing slack-jawed by the mailbox, staring at a power bill that must have been racked up by gnomes living in your closet. Pretty much everyone has accidentally…


Whether they’re environmentalists or not, today’s home buyers appreciate hearing about a home’s geothermal system, solar panels, Energy Star-rated appliances or LEED certification. Home builders and sellers of upgraded homes with “green” features want their prospective buyers to know about these features because they likely spent a good amount of money on them. But do…


It may not be surprising that renters are revealing more of a preference for apartment buildings with sustainable design features, from energy-saving appliances to bike rooms. The real news—according to a new survey from the National Multifamily Housing Council—is that they’re willing to pay extra for them. Renters told NMHC researchers that they’re willing to pay…


Skip the chemicals and get rid of those creepy-crawly houseguests the natural way.  As the weather turns cold, gone are the mosquitoes and flies that bugged us all summer. In their place come the cold-weather critters (think mice and moths) that can wreak havoc on our homes (and closets). Sure, ’tis the season for holiday…


Time was when the idea of sustainability in real estate development and investing was a pretty soft notion. Sure, everyone liked the “idea” of reducing carbon emissions, protecting the environment and exploring alternative energy sources, but few were willing to spend money on it. Today, things are vastly different, and it’s the bottom line that’s talking….


‘Green’ commercial buildings bring in the green for landlords, according to new research by a University of Guelph professor. Environmentally friendly office buildings have higher rents and occupancy rates as well as more satisfied tenants, says the study by Guelph real estate and housing professor Avis Devine. It was published recently in the biannual special…


Obama administration strategy would funnel $520 million into community or shared solar farms, where renters can buy shares or memberships into projects. When President Obama announced a new initiative this week to expand access to solar energy for millions of low- and moderate-income Americans, he took the first step in addressing a major hurdle in…


A greener community benefits both the environment and your wallet. Many landlords fear that going green will require greater investments of time and money than they can afford. However, in the long run, you’ll find that any investment you make to create a more eco-friendly rental property is well worth it. Plus, these types of…


The condominiums at the Visionaire in New York City start at $690,000. The amenities include a 2,075-sq.-ft. rooftop garden with more than 160 species of ornamental plants, including vertical screens for climbing vegetables and a fruit orchard with dwarf trees. “There are lots of benefits to having a green roof-the short-term benefit is having a…


Owning an apartment building and being a landlord can be a highly rewarding experience and an excellent way to have an investment property that you can keep a close eye on. It can also get expensive, though, when it comes to taking care of everything that has to be handled on a day to day…

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