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U.S. Apartment Market Is Getting Greener
U.S. Apartment Market Is Getting Greener

The U.S. apartment market is hotter, more competitive and more popular than ever. With increasing interest in sustainable living, the newest and trendiest urban apartment buildings are also green. An analysis by U.S. apartment search website RENTCafé shows that there are now 13 times more LEED-certified apartments being built per year than 8 years ago, when LEED-certification began being widely-used by the multifamily sector. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is an international recognised green building certification system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). As of October of this year, there are 3,187 LEED-certified (or pending certification)... Read more

Dallas Has More ‘Green’ Apartments...

Dallas boasts more apartment rentals approved for "green" living than some of the country's most environmentally conscious cities, including Denver,...

Renters don’t want to pay more for LEED...

Being kind to Mother Earth is priceless. But, if you insist, real estate can put a price on it-around $880/month in San Francisco these days. Or so says the apartment...

Apartment Renters Receptive to Green Features,...

For the first time, a Freddie Mac survey included questions about renter perceptions and concerns about utility costs. McLean, Va.—In a recent survey, Freddie Mac...

8 Smart Ways to Cut Your Energy Bill Costs

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...

Green Features: Do They Sell a Home?
Green Features: Do They Sell a Home?

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 the buyers always care? Will they pay extra — and does “green” actually sell a home? The answer is, it all depends. The feature, fixture or finish? Buyers pay for features they can touch, feel and show off to their friends and family — the spa-like bath, media room or a chef’s... Read more

Renters Say They’ll Pay More for Green

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...

Nontoxic, Natural Pest Control Ideas (They...

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...

Sustainability: The New Norm in Real Estate...

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...

‘Green’ buildings bring in more green

'Green' commercial buildings bring in the green for landlords, according to new research by a University of Guelph professor. Environmentally friendly...