Home shoppers need to be on the lookout for greenwashing.
As home shoppers increasingly are showing their attraction to, and willingness to pay more for, green homes. It's important to do your research.
The Columbus Dispatch reports on this:
“Look in the MLS (multiple listing service) and you’ll see lots of homes listed as having green features,” said Sandra Adomatis, an appraiser in Punta Gorda, Florida, but it may mean as little as “somebody put in some LED light bulbs or a couple of Energy Star appliances in the kitchen.”
Adomatis is nationally known for her expertise in valuing green properties. In an interview, she described one listing she saw recently for a home built in 1959. It indicated that the house had a Home Energy Rating System score of zero — as good as you can get. (The HERS index measures a home’s energy efficiency and requires testing of the home’s performance by a certified HERS rater. The lower the score, the better.)
Adomatis knew it was unlikely that an older home would come anywhere close to such an impressive rating, so she asked the listing agent about it. Her response: “I don’t know what HERS is or how they score, so I just put in zero.” Wow.