Affording sustainable homes in Raleigh and Cary

Posted on 09/27/10 No Comments

The News & Observer published a nice story over the weekend for those looking to purchase environmentally-friendly homes but don’t have the type of budget they often demand.

Builders of Hope is a Raleigh-based non-profit with offices in Charlotte, New Orleans and soon Dallas, that accepts donated homes, moves them to a designated neighborhood, and then refurbishes them with updated materials, fixtures and amenities for re-sale to working-class families. The group’s efforts, according to their Web site, “…incorporates economic benefits, environmental stewardship and social solutions to create sustainable communities.”

What’s compelling about this effort is that introduces the concept of sustainable living to urban locales, where the savings from reduced utility bills and health benefits from safer building materials is not just for a smaller tax bill. (Although, tax benefits from home ownership are very beneficial.) Perhaps the biggest benefit of this type of endeavor is that it demonstrates how reasonably affordable environmentally-friendly homes can be. (See our previous post about new ways to afford solar energy systems.) Hopefully, Builders of Hope can continue to set a precedent that energy savings don’t have to cost a fortune.

In Raleigh, the group has neighborhoods in Downtown Raleigh, selling attractive bungalows from $115,000 to $195,000 and will soon be underway with a development in Cary. If you would like us to help you learn more or visit a Builders for Hope home, feel free to give us a call, we would be glad to help get you started.

Builders of Hope Founder and CEO Nancy Murray

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