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Home Buyers Interested in Sustainability

Growing consumer interest and demand for greener, more sustainable properties is driving a dialogue between Realtors® and home-buyers and sellers. Realtors® find that consumers have interest in real estate sustainability issues and practices.
The home features that Realtors® said clients consider as important include a home’s efficient use of lighting (50 percent), a smart/connected home (40 percent), green community features such as bike lanes and green spaces (37 percent), landscaping for water conservation (32 percent), and renewable energy systems such as solar and geothermal (23 percent).
When it comes to the sustainable neighborhood features for which clients are looking, 60 percent of Realtors® listed parks and outdoor recreation, 37 percent listed access to local food and nine percent listed recycling as important to home buyers.
The transportation and commuting features of a community that Realtors® listed as important to their clients included walkability (51 percent), public transportation (31 percent) and bike lanes/paths (39 percent).
The National Association of Realtors (NAR) initiated the Sustainability Program as a platform for dialogue on sustainability for Realtors®, brokers and consumers. The program’s efforts focus on coordination of NAR’s existing sustainability resources, while also supporting a growing area of interest for consumers.

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