UnknownDid you know that energy-efficient homes sell faster and for more money? Energy-efficiency translates into saving homeowners money, and that is huge when marketing a home for sale. Buyers today are concerned about the cost of utilities and are even willing to pay more for an energy-efficient home that will save them money over the long-run.

Recent findings of real estate experts from all over the country  show that making energy-efficient upgrades to your home can help it sell faster and for a higher price, according to Quicken Loans. In July of 2012, USA Today reported that homes with green upgrades sell for almost 10% more than homes in the same area without energy-efficient features. Back in 2010, USA Today also said, “…homes certified as eco-friendly [in Seattle] sold for 8.5% more per square foot and were on the market 22% less time than other homes.” Read more from Quicken.

If you’re thinking of selling your home and you live in the Phoenix area, talk to me about a FREE energy audit and FREE HERS energy score. Energy audits normally cost hundreds of dollars. Fortunately, subsidies by SRP and APS bring that cost down to $99. And, if you list your home for sale with me, I will give you a coupon for the $99 energy audit, plus pay for a HERS energy score for your home, which makes both the audit and the score FREE for you, the seller! The advantage of having a HERS score after your audit–and after making any necessary energy-efficient repairs–is that your home will have a score that, as your REALTOR® , I can use to properly market your home and your home’s energy-efficient features.

Click here to watch a video by the U.S. Department of Energy that shows a typical energy audit. This particular audit was done on a home in a cold weather climate, but it’s pretty much done the same way here in Arizona.

If you’re thinking of selling your home, contact me today so we can get started on your free energy audit.

Remember–energy-efficient homes sell faster and for more money!