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Discussion in 'Buying a Net Zero Energy Home' started by Gail, Dec 21, 2016.

  1. Gail

    Gail New Member

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    I'm new to this market with a young family. Where can I assistance in finding and buying a net zero home?
     
  2. Bruce Sullivan

    Bruce Sullivan New Member

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    There are several things you can do to find the zero energy home of your dreams. First, find a real estate broker that really gets it. I'm afraid they will ALL claim to get, so you'll need to dig a bit deeper. One way brokers demonstrate their knowledge and interest is to get green certifications, such as Earth Advantage Broker, EcoBroker and NAR Green Designation. Also, check out our partner website called VivaGreenHomes.com for listings in your area. Finally, visit our page for buyers for more tips.
     
  3. Mike Ardeljan

    Mike Ardeljan New Member

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    I would recommend building a custom net zero home. That way it will be designed for your family and the way your family lives. Don't pay for more house than what you need or buy a house that might be designed for a smaller family size than yours might be. The latter, would make the home you buy not live at "zero energy ".

    My $0.02
     
  4. Bruce Sullivan

    Bruce Sullivan New Member

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    Great idea. Buyers often have to choose from what's on the market. These homes are designed to meet the requirement of some "average" buyer. Many production builders get stuck in the "cost per square foot" trap. They simply add more space (much of it may not be useful) to chase that metric. By selecting a thoughtful designer, you can get the Goldilocks house... just right for you. This raises the question: What about resale? I think that small, efficient homes will be extremely competitive in the future. But I wouldn't want to be sitting on a bloated macmansion in ten years.
     

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