Homes.com Reveals “Green” Homes Are Becoming More Dominant across the Country

California leads the way in ‘green’ home design with Texas, Illinois close behind

 Norfolk, VA (April 16, 2014) – As Earth Day approaches and peak real estate season draws near, many renters and homeowners are considering how their decisions impact the planet. Homes.com, leading online real estate listing site and lifestyle resource, delved into the earth-friendly listings available on the site to determine which areas of the country are home to the most “green” listings, what specific features differentiate these “green” homes and how renters and homeowners can reduce their environmental impact to reduce carbon footprints, regardless of type of residence.

According to Energystar.gov, energy-efficient homes require making environmentally-preferable and sustainable decisions throughout the building and remodeling process, including energy-efficient walls and windows, effective insulation, and efficient heating and cooling equipment.

Of the environmentally friendly listings available on Homes.com, more than 88 percent are residential homes, 9 percent are condos and 2 percent are mobile homes. California and Texas comprise 26 percent of the energy-efficient residential homes listed on Homes.com. The residential “green” houses in California comprise 22 percent of the total available California listings on Homes.com. Of those listings, 86 percent are residential homes, with the remainder being mobile homes and condos at 4 and 11 percent, respectively. Further south, “green” homes comprise 15 percent of the listings available in Texas, with the majority having been built in 2014. In both California and Texas, the average energy-smart listing has 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, with a square footage of around 2,260. Of the energy-efficient listings available on Homes.com, more than 7,000 units were built in 2014 alone.

Protecting the environment has become a higher priority for those seeking new accommodations. “The shift to energy-efficient housing is widespread and happening quickly – with the West taking the lead, according to Homes.com data,” said Wendy Froehlich, vice president of marketing, Homes.com and ForRent.com. “Even the slightest change in habits affects the earth positively and can be achieved without increased costs or searching for a newly built ‘green’ home.”

Most energy-efficient homes for sale on Homes.com have an average of 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms; they were built after the year 2000, with most being built in 2014. Condos and rental units with energy-smart features have an average of 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and boast more than 1,000 square feet.

According to USNews.com, a few energy-efficient upgrades can be accomplished in a budget-friendly manner by renters and homeowners alike. Examples of upgrades include:

  • “Low-flow” fixtures to reduce water consumption, such as low-flow toilets

  • Insulated walls to keep house warm in the winter and cool in the summer

  • Compact fluorescent light bulbs that last 4 to 10 times longer than regular light bulbs

  • Modern dishwashers that use an average of 5.8 gallons of water per cycle; older models can use as much as 10 gallons per cycle

  • Programmable thermostats, which accurately regulate in-home temperatures, saving energy and money

  • New caulking and weatherstripping around windows and doors

  • Smart power strips to reduce phantom power being sucked out of electrical outlets into appliances and electronics if they’re left plugged in

To browse more than 3 million apartments and homes nationwide, visit www.homes.com. For inspiration and ideas to achieve an energy-efficient home, check out the Idea Gallery at blog.homes.com.

About Homes.com

As one of the nation’s top online real estate destinations, Homes.com inspires consumers to dream big. From affordable houses to luxurious estates, condos, apartment rentals and more, Homes.com features more than 3 million property listings and exclusive distribution of over 20,000 apartment listings from ForRent.com in a user-friendly format, making finding your next home easy. Visitors to the Homes.com blog will find a collection of rich informationz and posts on DIY projects, painting, organization tips and more, providing the ultimate resource for everything home related. From finding your first apartment to buying your first home, upgrading, downsizing and everything in between, Homes.com is an inspiring and engaging partner in every phase of the home buying or renting process.

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Homes.com Joins Hit TLC Show to Help Couple Find the Perfect Home

St. Louis couple turns to Homes.com to find dream home

 Norfolk, VA (April 14, 2014) – Homes.com, leading online real estate listing site and lifestyle resource, has partnered with leading cable network, TLC, to help a St. Louis couple find the home of their dreams. The Rennie family used the Homes.com website and mobile app as they scoured the city’s neighborhoods for a home to call their own. Taking advantage of tools and resources on the site, the Rennies felt better prepared for the investment of homeownership. Their entire journey was captured on the hit TLC show, My First Home. Continue reading

Homes.com News – Jason Doyle’s Departure

After 14 invaluable years with Homes.com, Jason Doyle, VP of Operations and Technology, has made the difficult decision to depart the company.

Jason Doyle played an integral role in the company’s growth and leadership within the sector.

It’s been a pleasure to work with Jason and everyone within Homes.com, including our valuable clients and suppliers, will miss him greatly. We wish him the best in his future endeavors.

For more information, please email press@homes.com.

Homes.com Shares “Top 10 Tips Every Renter Should Know”

Suggestions and ideas that help navigate the rental space

NORFOLK, Va. (March 28, 2014) – The number of U.S. renters has expanded significantly nationwide since the burst of the housing bubble. Between 2009 (the start of the housing market decline) to 2013, the U.S. rental vacancy rate decreased 8.4 percent to 4.1 percent. Meanwhile, rents climbed 3.2 percent for all of 2013. Still, the demand for apartments remains strong.

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Homes.com® & ForRent.com®’s Social Media Philosophy Highlighted on Jay Baer’s Social Pros Podcast

Erica Campbell Byrum discusses business-to-business social media during popular marketing podcast

Norfolk, VA – (March 27, 2014) – Erica Campbell Byrum, director of social media for Homes.com® & ForRent.com®, was recently invited to Jay Baer’s Social Pros Podcast series, “Real People Doing Real Work in Social Media,” to discuss her professional background, the companies’ customer- and consumer-oriented social media efforts, and what it takes to be a social pro. The webinar series, sponsored by Cision, ExactTarget, Expion and Janrain, is moderated by social marketing guru, Baer. Continue reading