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‘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…


If you have a rental apartment where you pay for any of the utilities, one of the things you want to do is keep your costs down. There are a number of ways to do that, including making your apartment more energy efficient. For property owners who aren’t sure how to do that, here are…


Washington, D.C. -Fannie Mae intends to reward multifamily properties with green building certifications, such as LEED, with lower interest rates, according to a recent announcement by the Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). With a portfolio valued at more than $200 billion, Fannie Mae is the nation’s leading provider of multifamily financing. Fannie Mae…


When investing your money into rental properties, people often ignore a vital improve to making their rental property look more attractive to tenants: making green improvements. Not only can green improvements save you money if you’re paying for heat or other utilities, but it becomes an attractive reason for potential tenants to rent your property…


Residents of energy efficient apartments save an average of $54 a month, or $648 annually, on their electricity bills, according a Housing Virginia study that demonstrates the impacts of energy efficient construction requirements in affordable rental housing. The yearlong study conducted by Virginia Tech’s Center for Housing Research also finds that apartments built to higher energy…


As a landlord, some of the biggest expenses are utilities like electric, gas and water. While some landlords have the tenants in each apartment pay their own bills, other complexes choose to include utilities in the rent. Either way, the amount of water used at the building can become costly, even if the landlord pays…

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