REALTORS® and Sustainability: Residential

Key Findings

  • 32% of respondents reported that their MLS has green data fields, and respondents typically used the green data fields to promote green features and energy information.
  • 63% said energy efficiency promotion in listings was very or somewhat valuable.
  • 48% of respondents found clients were at least somewhat interested in sustainability.
  • 42% of homes with green certifications spent neither more nor less time on the market.
  • 74% of respondents said properties with solar panels were available in their market.
  • 34% said properties with solar panels increased the perceived property value.
  • The home features that clients listed to their agent or broker as very important included windows, doors, and siding, proximity to frequently visited places, and comfortable living space.
  • 11% of respondents said that a high-performance home (defined as a systematic, building-science approach to home improvements that increase indoor comfort, health, operational efficiency, and durability) had an increase of one to five percent of the dollar value offered compared to other similar homes.
  • 9% of brokerage firms had experience working with residential building repurposing.
  • 50% of respondents said that in the past 12 months, they had been directly involved with a property with green features, either on the buyer or seller side.

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