Website puts focus on eco-homes
Wednesday 6 June 2012
Realestate.co.nz will promote environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient properties in a new deal with home environmental rating system Homestar.
By Benn Bathgate
Alistair Helm, chief executive of Realestate.co.nz, said the alliance was a natural fit for the company as the real estate industry was increasingly recognising that eco-efficiency improved the value of a home.
"Evidence from overseas shows that homes with a proven low environmental impact are more appealing to buyers and will increase in value," Helm said.
He said Homestar was well established within the building industry as the benchmark in New Zealand for the design and construction of sustainable homes.
The deal means all homes with a Homestar Certified Assessment that are for sale via Realestate.co.nz will get a premium listing on the website, with links to information about the environmentally sustainable elements of the house.
"More and more Kiwi property hunters will be looking for the Homestar symbol to assess a home's overall impact on the environment and ongoing running costs," Helm said.
"This is a clear message for home sellers to think about how a Homestar rating could improve the value of their home and help it sell faster."
Homestar director Krista Ferguson said the tie-in with Realestate.co.nz marked a significant step forward in improving the overall quality and performance of the country's housing stock.
"Houses that are warmer, drier, more energy efficient and kinder to the environment will always be more appealing to buyers," she said.
Commenting is closed
Land use regulation is responsible for up to 56% of the cost of an average house in Auckland, a new Government commissioned report reveals.
Take note investors – new earthquake upgrade laws have come into force this week and they put a new set of compliance deadlines in place.
Watchful caution is guiding the Reserve Bank’s policy so it will need strong evidence before it makes any change to the OCR, economists say in response to this morning’s OCR call.