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Developer Turns Shipping Containers Into Student Housing

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Homes to Be Thankful For

Zillow By Erika Riggs It's always a good thing to consider what you're grateful for, and this time of year we're counting our blessings - in terms of real estate. From big homes with more amenities than a deluxe hotel to simple, beachside retreats, here's a roundup of real estate we're thankful... Continue Reading »

Solar-Power Shift? Why It Could Make More Sense to Buy Than Lease

Stephan Savoia/The Associated Press By Nichola Groom Falling prices and growing acceptance of home solar power is sparking a challenge to major financiers who have anchored the U.S. industry using leases, as smaller banks and other lenders rush to offer homeowners loans to buy systems. Loans offer homeowners a path to... Continue Reading »

Homeowner Robert Phipps Says Neighbor's Solar Panels Are Blinding

There are plenty of environmental and budgetary benefits to installing solar panels on your roof, but there could be one health drawback: permanently blinding your neighbor. Robert Phipps, a homeowner in England, claims that the glare of the sun off of the solar panels on his neighbor's home is so bright that his entire... Continue Reading »

The 'Greenest Home in America' Sits in the Hills of Silicon Valley

Our friends at Tech Crunch kindly invite you into the "greenest home in America." In the hills of Silicon Valley lies the grand home known as Tah.Mah.Lah (which draws from the Native American Ohlone tribe's word for "mountain lion"). Dreamed up by Foundation Capital partner Paul Holland and his wife, Linda Yates,... Continue Reading »

10 Energy-Efficient Home Upgrades You Should Make

On Earth Day and every day, we need to find ways to be kind to the Earth, preserve our natural resources and minimize the energy we are using. There are a variety of things that homeowners can do to make their homes more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly. Adam Prince of ZeroEnergy Design recommends implementing... Continue Reading »

How to Sell a Green Home: Lose the Environmental Speech

By Jim Simcoe Speed is a key component of any successful real estate deal. Sell (or rent) a property faster at the price you want, and you have less holding costs and more money available to do your next deal. The speed at which you sell your real estate investment is a crucial component and is closely tied to your... Continue Reading »

10 Cities With the Greenest Homes

With Earth Day fast approaching, real estate firm Redfin took a look at the 10 cities with the greenest homes. Redfin determined the rankings by number of homes for sale with green features in each market, as well as each city's carbon-dioxide emissions ranking. Green home features include solar panels, LEED certification... Continue Reading »

Shane and Carrie Caverly Make Big Plans From Tiny Home

We've heard a lot of hype about tiny homes, but what's it like to actually live in one? According to Shane and Carrie Caverly, who live in a tiny home in Santa Fe, N.M. -- as well as design and build them -- it's positively peachy. Though the couple lives in a truly elfin, 204-square-foot house-on-wheels -- the size of... Continue Reading »

Supposed 'Eco-Friendly' Homes Doubled Owners' Energy Bills

They were supposed to be the models of environmentally-friendly construction, but these supposedly "green" homes at Pavilion Gardens -- that promised to keep energy efficiency high and electricity bills low -- did anything but. Despite being highly insulated and packed with green features -- heated, supposedly, by... Continue Reading »

Bike-Friendly Homes Rise in Demand as More Commuters Pedal to Work

In 21st century America, a 19th century invention -- the bicycle -- is figuring more and more in the calculations of apartment hunters and others looking for suitable digs. Bike commuting is on the rise in many cities, studies show, and as the number has grown, so has the need for bike-friendly housing. Many apartment... Continue Reading »

Green Real Estate: Homes Made Mostly From Recycled Materials

There are all sorts of ways to make your home greener: adding solar panels, using passive solar designs or even just making sure your insulation is airtight. But if you want to take it a step further, there's nothing more environmentally friendly than making your home out of recycled materials. From the down and dirty to... Continue Reading »

Solar Ready Roofs: California's New Homebuilding Standard

The California Energy Commission this week unanimously approved a new set of building guidelines that have some of the strongest energy efficiency standards in the nation. In addition to the more typical updated regulations regarding window insulation, lighting, and air-conditioning systems, the new guidelines will require... Continue Reading »

House of the Day: Colorado Home Is Green and Gorgeous

In honor of Earth Day 2012, this home's not only cute as a button, it's also incredibly eco-friendly! Nestled on 35 acres above an evergreen canyon west of Trinidad, Colo., this super-sustainable straw-bale home is about as environmentally green as you can get. Most days (about 320 per year), the sun warms this... Continue Reading »

Earth Day 2012: Buying and Living Green

Feeling inspired by Earth Day? You could buy an energy-efficient green home -- or you could take steps to make sure the one you've got is as environmentally friendly as it can be. Not only will living more sustainably help the environment, but you could also be boosting your bottom line. Besides saving money on heating... Continue Reading »

7 Green Home Trends: From Baby Steps to Extreme Updates

By Erika Riggs Recycling is one thing, but a composting toilet? That's when you know you're taking the going-green trend to its, um, "natural" conclusion. While many homeowners and builders are beginning to make changes to homes to incorporate eco-friendly products and materials, these are just the bud of the going-green... Continue Reading »

Why Your Next Home Should Be Prefab

While picking up some prescriptions recently, my local pharmacist, who knows I write about home construction, asked me if I had any suggestions for how he should build his new house. Since I'm a big advocate for prefab, I suggested that he consider building his house modular. His response shocked me: "I wouldn't want to... Continue Reading »

Earth Day Inspired: Incredible Green Homes

With Earth Day just around the corner (April 22, to be exact), now is the perfect time to showcase some of the world's most audacious green homes. From the plastic-bottle home of Puerto Iguazu, Argentina, to the stunning Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired prefabricated homes right here in California, green design has come a long... Continue Reading »

Will Rising Price of Oil Help Sell Green Homes?

What does the revolt in Libya have to do with green home design? Well, now that the price of oil has spiked to over $100 a barrel, energy-efficient green homes are looking better and better. One reason is that the price of heating oil, the main source of heat for more than 8 million U.S. homes, moves in tandem with... Continue Reading »

Green Homes: Which Is the Greenest of Them All?

Green homes are hot commodity these days, especially as concerns over global warming mount. But eco-friendly means something different to different people. Sally Deneen of our sister site,, reports on the controversy. Steven Glenn of Santa Monica lives in "the greenest house on the planet," BusinessWeek... Continue Reading »

Martha Stewart Homes: Eco-Friendly or Eco-Fraud?

Martha Stewart, who is putting her stamp on a new green home community outside of Windermere, Fla., unveiled a 2,669-square-foot, single-level show home last week at the International Builders Show in Orlando. Dubbed the KB Home GreenHouse: An Idea Home Created with Martha Stewart, it is the Los Angeles-based builder's... Continue Reading »

The Greener the House, the Quicker the Sale

Green living is more popular than ever, and playing up a home's green features can make all the difference when it comes to making a sale. To be competitive and to ensure you get the best price possible for your home, it makes sense to assess its sustainable, energy-saving features right along with traditional highlights... Continue Reading »

Big Green Home Bust

A well-appointed green home outfitted with energy-saving appliances and other eco-friendly features might save money on utility bills and ease your conscience, but it won't always help close a sale in a tough real estate market, a California homeowner has learned. The warning sign for the green residential market: A house... Continue Reading »

Green Lessons From the 'House of the Year'

Like Dorothy's place in "The Wizard of Oz," another house has landed in an unlikely spot. The country abode this time has come to the big city, drawing crowds eager to see what Country Living magazine calls "The House of the Year." Betty Lyn Walters-Eller, a consultant on the project, said visitors to downtown Manhattan... Continue Reading »

Gisele's Earth-Unfriendly Home, Shame on This UN Ambassador

Oh, Gisele. Do you really think your bewitching genetics give you a free pass? Model Gisele Bundchen would like you to believe she's doing her part to save the planet. She is, after all, a U.N. goodwill ambassador and offers some environmental tips on her website. Even her personal blog welcomes you with the headline... Continue Reading »

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