Archive for Buying Chicago Green Homes

Appraisals Go Green to Account for Energy Costs

Mortgage underwriters generally weigh several numbers when deciding whether a family can afford a new home. They look at income, of course, and tally up expenses in the form of a home’s property taxes, insurance premiums and monthly payments. There is one number they ignore: how much a household spends on its utilities, a figure [Read More]

October 31, 2011 | Author: Jason | Comments: (0) | Categories: Chicago Real Estate News, Economy, Education, Energy Efficient, Green Building, Insurance, Mortgages, USGBC

Does ‘Green’ Create Green and Sell Homes?

Green car racing, green travel, green eating: everything is getting a little greener nowadays.  Surprisingly, builders are still slow to adapt to the greening of the new American home.  Of those who do offer ‘green’ features in their homes, only 39% (according to a Professional Builder survey) of builders share with prospective buyers energy / [Read More]

February 26, 2010 | Author: Mitch Levinson | Comments: (0) | Categories: Green Living

The Post Super Bowl Chicago Real Estate Thaw

Every year as the professional football season comes to a close and the Super Bowl Champion is crowned (congratulations New Orleans),  Chicago real estate once again begins its annual thaw.  Chicago home buyers begin to stir and think about the spring market and start poking around the web looking at what is available at current [Read More]

February 10, 2010 | Author: Mitch Levinson | Comments: (1) | Categories: Chicago Real Estate News

Northbrook Gives Rebates for LEED-Certified Homes

To promote Green building techniques in public and private sector construction projects, the Village of Northbrook has a great incentive program – giving rebates for LEED-certified homes.

February 01, 2010 | Author: Jason | Comments: (0) | Categories: Chicago Real Estate News, Green Building

Visit with Green Builder Magazine at the International Builder Show

With only one short week away, if you plan on attending this year’s International Builder Show in Las Vegas, be sure to check out Green Builder Magazine’s booth (C4861).  All three editors plan on attending and spending time in the booth for you to meet in person.  Ron Jones, President and Editorial Director, will be [Read More]

January 12, 2010 | Author: Mitch Levinson | Comments: (0) | Categories: Green Building, NAHB, Remodeling

Top 10 Things to Put in Your Next New Chicago Home

Builder Magazine Online listed their Top 10 items for builders to consider putting in their 2010 new homes.  Perhaps not surprisingly, many products on the ‘top 10 list’ are energy efficient / green building technology that is all the rage now in the industry.  They are justified as important if the real AND perceived value [Read More]

January 11, 2010 | Author: Mitch Levinson | Comments: (0) | Categories: Energy Efficient, Green Building

Green Financing Updates And Tips For Homes

As Chicago real estate enters its traditional deep freeze of January, thankfully FHA’s Energy Efficient Mortgages (EEM’s) financing tools have been retained for home buyers in 2010.   As many as 55% of entry level home buyers reported that they used FHA loans for purchasing their home in 2009. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have [Read More]

January 04, 2010 | Author: Mitch Levinson | Comments: (0) | Categories: Chicago Real Estate News, Green Building
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