Green With Envy

Green With Envy

What five eco-friendly home features are on the rise with buyers? 

Hi, I’m Tanja Odzak, eXp Realty, I help people sell and buy homes right here in the East Bay!

In a world where there are climate and environmental concerns, more home buyers are searching for eco-friendly homes to help combat these effects and also cut down the costs of utility bills. According to, the growth of green friendly listings has doubled since 2018. Danielle Hale, chief economist at says “The data suggests that consumers’ tastes and preferences are leaning in an earth friendly direction with sellers positioning their property to meet those new and growing demands.” 

So what are the five top eco friendly features on buyer’s checklists? 

Electric Vehicle Chargers As we see more electric vehicles on the roadways, more properties are equipping their home with EV charging. 

Passive Houses Now this may seem like a weird term but a passive house is one that meets a certain standard of energy efficiency. One big feature of this type of home is preventing warm air from escaping your rooms and blocks cold breezes from entering your home. This type of construction is still fairly new but on the rise. 

Xeriscaping This involves replacing lush green lawns with native plants that do not need much watering therefore cutting down your water costs. 

Tankless Water Heater We are seeing more properties installing tankless water heaters to help combat high hot water costs. Although upfront expenses are high for this type of water heater, the savings down the road are what buyers are looking for. 

And finally, Solar. Solar is still the number one energy efficient feature buyers look for in their home search. In fact, according to Zillow, homes with solar energy systems sold for 4.1% more on average than comparable homes without solar power. 

So if you are a buyer looking for the perfect eco-friendly home, call me so we can begin the search. 

And sellers, if you are in the market to sell, remember your eco-friendly energy items in your home can help you with the return on your investment as well as cost of living. 

Call me today and let’s talk about it. I’m a seasoned East Bay expert with a 5-Star rating. I’ll help you navigate the market and make it happen, whether that’s selling or buying or both! 

And if you or someone you know needs to sell a home, ask me about my home-selling plans.. I took the pain out of negotiating with a Realtor and made it SUPER simple. Really!  Choose Silver, Gold, or Platinum- Pick your Plan and Pick your Price. Terms do apply. I’m Tanja and I sell homes. Let’s get you going, Call me today!

I’m a Top Producing Realtor® in the OAKLAND / BERKELEY / EAST BAY AREA. I’ve been in the San Francisco East Bay Area since I came up to do my undergrad at UC Berkeley (a long time ago!), with a short stint at UC Davis while getting my Master’s. I take my duties as a Realtor® and Fiduciary very seriously, I enjoy educating my sellers and buyers along the way. Putting People, Before Profit. 

Why not check out one of my no-obligation, online, On-Demand, virtual Real Estate Seminars?



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