According to a recent survey of consumers by a national building trade organization, almost 80 percent of the respondents listed environmentally friendly features as a concern when building or purchasing a home.
The great questions I get in my AskAndy@PSE.com e-mail box are one of the things I enjoy most about being a columnist.
Most are pretty straightforward, but others are a real challenge — like this one sent to me by Jeff:
Q: Would you please advise each step an existing business should take to go totally green?
Homeownership has benefits that are great in number.
Of course, there are the financial benefits of building equity and developing an economic foundation for your family’s future.
Then there are the personal riches that come with owning a home, including those that fuel a healthier family and community.
It is these intangible benefits that people often forget about when one buys or owns a home, but they are certainly worth considering.
The National Association of Realtors authored a report titled “The Social Benefits of Homeownership and Stable Housing,” which discussed evidence regarding the personal gains that come with homeownership.