Archive for the ‘Appraising green homes’ Category

See my blog for NAR’s Appraisal Insight on The Cost Data Addendum for High Performance Homes

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Check out my blog on NAR’s Appraisal Insight on the value for appraisers of builders identifying the incremental costs for a particular residential project going from code to high performance

Sponsored 3.5 CEUs webinars being offered to Hawaii appraisers

Monday, May 13th, 2013

Through the generous sponsorship of Hunt Companies Hawaii and Gentry Homes, SEEC is offering its 3.5 CEU approved CAP webinar Appraising Energy Efficiency in New Homes and Retrofits for Hawaii appraisers for the very low cost of $25.  There are three offering dates in 2013: May 21st, May 31st and June 14th.  The offer is limited to the first 24 appraisers per class to register.  Hunt Companies also sponsored SEEC’s session Building and Buying Green: How do we know its value?  at Hawaii’s Build and Buy Green Conference and Expo in Honolulu May 10th.  The session was designed to start the conversation on how green homes in Hawaii can be recognized in the transaction process.  The webinars were planned as a follow-up to the conference session and are the first opportunity for Hawaii appraisers to receive continuing education specifically on green (also known as high performance) homes in Hawaii.

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Announcing SEEC’s new school of green real estate

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

The first day of spring seems a very appropriate time to announce the launch of our new school of green real estate approved in WA and OR for real estate brokers .  We have already been delivering green building valuation continuing education to real estate appraisers in WA, OR and ID both through our live 7 clock hr class and our 3.5 AQB approved webinar class – January saw that number climb to 400.  For the last two years, SEEC has also been offering the 2 day designation course, Green Agent Essentials, through its partnership with O’Brien and Company and GreenWorks Realty, as well as its extremely well received 7 clock hr class “Green and ENERGY STAR Appraising: How Agents Affect the Process.”

We will continue to offer Green Agent Essentials, which provides brokers with the opportunity to take Built Green’s coveted Green Real Estate Professional designation exam as we still consider it to be an excellent foundation course.  The reason for our own school?  Well, we feel it is time to offer more in-depth stand-alone courses that really drill into different aspects of high performance building, remodeling and energy retrofits.  April will see the role out of 4 new courses.  Watch this space!!

Introducing the Cost Data Addendum for High Performance Homes

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) and SEEC LLC recently launched version 2 of its Cost Data Addendum for High Performance Homes V2 (see attached Press Release). The addendum was created in response to appraisers’ requests for credible incremental cost data for homes in their markets that incorporate high performance measures, now includes under version 2 energy and water savings estimations.

SEEC introduced the addendum to the residential green and high performance homes community in the first of a series of webinars slated for this year.  The webinars are a MUST for any green/high performance builder wishing to have their homes accurately appraised.   Click this link to listen to a recording of the first webinar.  While COST does not necessarily equal VALUE, participants learned from industry experts (appraising, water and energy conservation) how completing the addendum will assist appraisers in the following areas:

a.            Cost data info allows appraisers to source appropriate comparables (particularly important in the absence of/limited green fields/or no direct comps)

b.            Cost data info could be used to test the reasonableness of adjustments made under another method

c.            Cost data info could be used by the appraiser to determine the rate of physical depreciation

d.            A HERS or EPS energy score provides the appraiser with documentation to prove a home’s energy efficiency

e.             Water and energy savings estimations could be used to calculate an overall adjustment for the savings identified

See my blog for NAR’s Appraisal Insight on Free Market, Liability, and Greening an MLS

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

See my blog for NAR’s Appraisal Insight on Free Market, Liability, and Greening an MLS in which I discuss whether we really can assess accurately the market’s reaction to green homes, if we do not have green fields fully populating a Multiple Listing Service’s Input Form, along with extensive search functions.  Do we really have a free market in housing if  there is not full transparency of building information that the consumer might react adversely to?

Residential Green Valuation Roundtables Update

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

There has been a hiatus in our blogs due to the very tight schedule of roundtables we have conducted in Olympia, Seattle, Vancouver, Spokane and Boise, Idaho these past couple of months.  We are now in the report out phase.  With the recent accouncement of  collaboration between The Appraisal Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy (see our previous blog)  to collaborate on a series of activities focusing on energy efficiencies and the valuation of green buildings, the findings from these residential green valuation roundtables frankly could not be more relevant.  Watch this space.

Appraisal Foundation and U.S. Dept. of Energy to collaborate on Green Valuation

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

The work SEEC has undertaken in the Pacific Northwest over the last couple of years to highlight the interrelatedness of valuation and green building in the residential sector is now starting to be undertaken at the national level.  In the Appraisal Foundation’s Press Release of June 13th, 2011 the importance of energy efficiency was recognized as “gaining traction throughout the marketplace”.  The MOU signed between the two organizations relates specifically to commercial buildings though.  This is not surprising since this is where the big $$$s are concentrated.  Also, the sometimes significant savings on energy consumption associated with green buildings can be realized by commercial building owners and can be used by the appraisal industry to create added value using the income approach – already the weighted approach in commercial appraisals. 

The struggle is in the residential sector where the income approach for energy savings may be used to justify an adjustment, but only as long as it can be supported by the primary approach -  the market or sales comparison approach.

Residential Green Valuation Roundtable Series – a First!

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Created by SEEC and sponsored by Northwest ENERGY STAR ® Homes, a program to deliver ten green valuation roundtables in major cities across WA, ID, MT and OR kicked off March 25th with the first roundtable being held in Olympia, hosted by local partners the Thurston Climate Action Team and Evergreen College.  The second in the series is being held in Bellevue this Thursday, March 31st hosted by local partner Built Green® King Snohomish.

Here’s some feedback:

Nice job today. I walked away with some good stuff and some new insight” – Cory Eckert, Laupen Homes

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