Real estate experts say house- hunters are seeking energy efficient homes, and are willing to pay more for them.
A survey by listings website realestate.co.nz shows the top priorities for home-buyers are orientation to the sun and good insulation. Of the 1200 buyers surveyed, almost half said high levels of insulation was "very important".
Insulation and sun exposure were considered more important by those surveyed than features such as off-street parking, open-plan living and attractive kitchens, with just 16 per cent ranking a gourmet kitchen as very important.
Real Estate Institute chief executive Helen O'Sullivan said home-buyers were much more aware about the value of things such as insulation and orientation to the sun, than in the past. "It's a quality factor that will have a say in prices."
- © Fairfax NZ News
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