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April 15, 2009

Green Your Finances: Real Estate

Green real estatejpg It's tax week and we've all got our money on our minds, so it's the perfect time to consider how the cash we've put so much energy into earning will work to preserve our planet. This week's tips will help you green your finances. 

Tip #3: Choose Green Real Estate

No one knows quite when the housing market will bottom out but many speculate that it'll be soon. If you're scanning the market for a real-estate investment, keep the environment in mind when making your purchase. One way to do that is to work with a Realtor who incorporates green practices into their business. Some agents, for example, put a percentage of their commissions toward greening the homes they sell, offset the carbon they emit, and partner with green designers and builders. Other ways to stay green while becoming a homeowner include refraining from buying a brand-new property and selecting a house with green features like solar panels and water catchments.

Tell us: How did you go green with your home purchase?

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