Economists' Outlook

Housing stats and analysis from NAR's research experts.

Environmentally Friendly Features

  • Commuting costs and environmental efficiency have increasingly factored into home buying decisions due to higher energy costs, but also due to overall concern for the environment.
  • Factors that are most important to buyers are those directly related to the buyers’ pocketbook.
  • Heating and cooling costs were at least somewhat important to 87 percent of home buyers.
  • Commuting costs were at least somewhat important to 76 percent of home buyers.
  • For more information, check out the 2012 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers >
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