Have you considered buying a green LEED, or a minimalist home? After all, you care about the environment and want to invest in more than just yourownfuture, right?
Slowly, but steadily, things are beginning to change. Just like anything new, it will take time for Green Building to gain mainstream acceptance. Buyers need to be educated and prices need to stabilize at an affordable level. Currently, Green homes can range anywhere from $140-400 per-square-foot to build, whereas a conventional home is closer $100, depending on the location. That's a big gap. Increased consumer demand and mainstream acceptance will eventually drive prices down.
For now, at least one company in Portland, Oregon is bringing affordable green homes to the masses. Minimalist+ designs homes that are affordable, efficient and stylish and range from $160-180 a square foot.$2>
It was this mindset of sustainability that initially drew me to become a Realtor with eXp Realty. I used to drive an hour a day to get to and from the office, made multiple copies of every transaction for each file and supported a brick and mortar building, none of which I do now, thanks to inventive thinking and commitment to a smarter way of doing business. Think about the change it would make if every real estate professional made that switch.
So the next time you are at the grocery store and choose the paper over plastic (or better yet, bring yourownbag!) I hope it reminds you to make the some kind of smart choices with your next home.