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Houston’s First Green Real Estate Market Report

September 2nd, 2009 · 5 Comments · Green Market Reports

Well, Houston Association of Realtors greened up the MLS recently!  What does that mean?  That means that as a licensed agent and member of HAR I can search out specific homes with specific green features such as type of insulation, ‘Green’ Certification such as LEED or NAHB Green, Tankless Hot Water Heater, SEER great than 13, etc.

For one this is amazing because our appraisers could REALLY use this information to start PROPERLY appraising our Greener Homes.  For Two, this will allow us to tell our Home Owners in the future what features will actually pay off in the long run!

For now, the word is still getting out – I doubt that all homes with Green features are being noted as such.  There is also evidence that some of the homes are tagged incorrectly -Not even 90 days in to having these fields available there is not enough data yet to state whether or not homes with certain features definitely sell for more money than those without –

BUT, there IS enough data to show certain trends that we as Real Estate Professionals are going to start seeing more and more.

Personally I have been amazed at the number of homes in the Houston area that have Solar PV or Solar Hot Water.  The other trend that appears to grow by the week in MLS is the number of homes with Tankless Hot Water Heaters and Older homes with Low-E windows.

Each month we can start tracking more and more but for now here are some numbers on trends for new and existing homes.

Tankless Hot Water Heaters

  • 58 Resales and Rentals
  • 85 New Construction

Solar Hot Water/PV

  • 3 Resale
  • 15 New Construction

Insulated/Low-E Windows-

  • 1850 Built Prior to 2000
  • 1090 of which built prior to 1990

HVAC Greater than 13 SEER-

  • 455 not New Construction

These are just a few of the new fields available and while they are not on the Public Search side of yet – It is a relief to have them available to the agents.  I believe as we continue to track the statistics we will find that the majority of ALL home buyers want Green features – Their requests for those features are just disguised as another term.

Coming up next month?  How many of these homes right here listed will go under contract in September?

If you would like a list of any of these particular homes available, homes with any other green features or for a marketing plan for your specific property I can be reached at

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  • Jeff Graves

    I am curious, I recently built a new home in dotown area and have all of the above but I also added water recovery for irrigation and pool water. I have also set up for toilets but not yet connected because I am concerned about my capacit.
    I also have all dual flush toilets.

    I am curious about how many people have gone beyond the basics of solar and tankless water heaters.
    How many people are doing water recovery and how many have tried to work with the city on connecting something like toilets?
    Has anyone utilized there( city required) storm drain storage to be utilized for anything in there house? What plumbers have done any work of this nature?

  • steph

    Hi Jeff, That is truly outstanding! I have heard people trying to use for other items but have not heard anyone that has actually done it. Have you tried contacting Steve Stelzer with the Green Building Resource Center Downtown? May I send your email address over to a couple people?

  • Pasco Realtor

    The one point you made that really stands out is ALL home buyers want Green features – their requests for those features are just disguised as another term.

    People are looking for energy efficiency – they want homes that are not going to cost an arm and a leg to heat or cool.

    It is important as a realtor to be able to understand that consumers are looking to save money on the maintance of their homes and correctly interpret these desire usually mean they are looking for a “green” home.
    .-= Pasco Realtor´s last blog ..Daily Digest for February 21st =-.

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