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Articles relating to "Environment":

Will PACE affect my ability to sell? (8/21/2017)
PACE allows owners to finance energy upgrades via property tax liens and changes some home sale details, but it’s not a deal-breaker says a Charlotte Realtor.

Some green homes could be toxic (7/18/2017)
A tightly sealed home can reduce heating/cooling costs and minimize its environmental impact, but stale recirculated air can also cause health problems.

Gov. Scott signs renewable energy bill (6/19/2017)
Lawmakers passed a renewable-energy bill (SB 90) supported by Florida Realtors after nearly 73% of voters approved the constitutional amendment last August.

Cabinet taps Florida Forever for conservation deals (6/15/2017)
Fla. will use part of the $75M in the state’s conservation fund to buy 6,478 acres for preservation, though the 2017-18 budget doesn’t include additional money.

‘Solar co-ops’ help neighbors get installation discounts (6/2/2017)
A new program helps homeowners install solar products for about 20% less than retail by negotiating group discounts after enough people sign up.

Electric-car maker Tesla now in the solar roof business (5/17/2017)
Tesla says its roof shingles with solar collectors are more durable than traditional tiles, a third lighter and even cheaper after energy savings and tax credits.

Home values: Money really does grow on trees (5/2/2017)
On Friday, the U.S. celebrated Arbor Day, but trees also play a part in raising home values – plus landscaping can boost a home’s value and reduce energy bills.

Congress may regulate PACE green-energy companies (4/10/2017)
The PACE program allows homeowners to attach the cost of energy upgrades to their home, via property taxes. But PACE lenders face criticism, and Congress might decide to regulate them the same way they regulate traditional mortgage lenders.

NAR report: More clients interested in sustainability (4/7/2017)
Realtor and consumer interest in green features and sustainability is on an upward trend, according to data compiled in a recent NAR survey.

Energy efficiency considered in more appraisals (3/22/2017)
A Residential Energy Services Network and Appraisal Institute collaboration is adding HERS scores (Home Energy Rating System) to appraisal forms in a few states.

Study: Lake Okeechobee discharges can impact home values (4/1/2015)
Florida Realtors research: Polluted water discharged into Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie Rivers has a $1B potential impact on nearby counties’ property values.