As we look to the future, investing in environmentally friendly practices not only benefits the planet but can also prove financially rewarding. Transnation Title Agency understands the significance of green living and its impact on the real estate market. In this blog, we explore the growing interest in energy-efficient homes, the key features that homebuyers value, and how investing in alternative energy can be a smart financial decision for homeowners in Michigan.
The Value of Energy-Efficient Features
Today, more than ever, homebuyers are seeking energy-efficient features when considering a property. Realtors have identified several essential green home features that attract clients, such as energy-efficient windows, doors, siding, and utility systems. Beyond the obvious environmental benefits, these features directly impact a home’s utility and operating costs, making them alluring to prospective buyers.
Promoting Energy-Efficient Homes
According to recent surveys, 63% of agents and brokers believe that highlighting energy-efficient features in home listings is a powerful way to attract potential buyers. About 50% of consumers show at least some interest in sustainability and are more apt to invest in eco-friendly properties. It’s apparent that going green is gaining traction in the real estate market, with homebuyers increasingly looking for environmentally conscious options.
And while we’re not weighing in with an opinion here, it’s worth noting 32% of Realtors express concern about the potential effects of climate change on the housing market. As environmental consciousness grows, energy-efficient properties are expected to become even more sought after in the coming years.
Harnessing Solar Energy in Michigan
Investing in alternative energy sources, particularly solar panels, can be a great money-saving investment in Michigan. A well-designed solar panel system can significantly reduce utility expenses and save homeowners thousands of dollars annually.
Installing solar panels costs about $19,670 on average, which is below the national average, and there are ways to bring this cost down even further. Utilizing available solar incentives and credits, homeowners can potentially reduce the initial investment to around $14,000, which could be a long-term and profitable investment.
As an additional incentive, homeowners can take advantage of the federal solar tax credit, which allows them to receive a discount of 30% applied to their tax returns. For example, a $20,000 solar panel system could translate to a $6,000 tax credit, providing substantial savings.
Although a solar system installation may increase property taxes, Michigan residents can leverage the Michigan Residential Property Tax Exemption to mitigate this concern. This exemption ensures homeowners can upgrade to solar power without worrying about significant tax hikes.
At Transnation Title Agency, we’re committed to supporting you throughout your real estate journey. Whether buying or selling an energy-efficient home or any other property, our local, experienced teams are dedicated to delivering first-class service for all your closing and title needs.