Friday, March 28, 2014

What Are Your Priorities in a Home

While not as pronounced as in some industries, housing trends are always in some state of flux.  Family needs, changes in consumer attitudes and other circumstances all have an impact on housing choices and the places we call home.

  Owing to the severe winter we have had, Enbridge (gas) has applied for and has been approved to implement a 40% increase for natural gas effective April 1st. That is a heft increase and will increase the average heating bill by about $400 per year.  We all know about the cost of hydro and Collingwood has just announced user rate increases for sewer and water.  Where or will it all end?

  I read a recent real estate article that summarized what new home builders in the U.S. are finding with respect to consumer demands and not surprisingly, energy efficiency is high on the list. See the accompanying graph I have prepared ranking what home buyers place an importance on.

  Today I came across another article titled 4 Trends That Predict The Home of Tomorrow.  In this article, "extreme energy efficiency" was ranked as the #1 trend for homes of the future.

  Increasingly, I am finding that energy efficiency is becoming more and more of a priority with Buyers in our area.  Electric heat is especially frowned upon and a house where someone was killed may be viewed by some Buyers as having less of a stigma than the electric baseboards.

  What are your thoughts?  How high does energy efficiency rank on your list of priorities with respect to a home?  Take my online survey to the right above and I'll do a posting sharing the results.

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Rick relocated to Collingwood from Toronto in 1985 through a transfer with Goodyear Canada. In 1987 Rick was recruited by a major client of Goodyear’s, managing their Canadian business based in Barrie before moving to Chicago in 1992 as Vice President of Sales & Marketing. Upon returning to Canada in 1996, Rick ran an industrial products manufacturing company in Stratford, Ontario. In 1998 Rick returned to Collingwood with his two children. Rick is a licensed real estate Broker with Royal LePAGE Locations North in Collingwood and holds his MVA designation (Market Value Appraiser-Residential). He is an active volunteer in the community serving several years on the Board of Directors with the Collingwood Chamber of Commerce as Treasurer, 6 years on the Board of Directors for the Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORS® of which he is the Past President (2008) and currently serves on a committee with the Ontario Real Estate Association. Rick is a diverse executive manager with extensive experience in strategic planning, manufacturing, finance, human resources and quality assurance management.