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San Juan Islands Real Estate: San Juan and Friday Harbor, Orcas and Eastsound, Lopez Island, Shaw Island and the Outer San Juan Islands

Frequently asked questions about buying or selling a green home in a San Juans

I can help you find or sell a green home on Lopez Island, San Juan Island, Orcas Island, or outer islands such as Stuart Island, Decatur Island, or in towns and villages such as Olga, Friday Harbor, Roche Harbor, Lopez Village, or Eastsound.

QUESTION: What it is a green home?

ANSWER: Green homes are made with non-toxic building materials, are energy efficient via efficient appliances and Windows and ventilation systems, may generate energy via solar panels or windmills, will try to use recycled materials and furnishings, will use materials from renewable resources, will be environmentally conscious of the building site, and will use materials manufactured locally. This is not set in stone... homes can be far more green and far less green and still try to advertise themselves as green.

It is important to note that many of the cutting edge green building techniques have yet to prove themselves as green over the course of time. The use of top-quality building materials and expert craftsmanship along with innovative yet timeless design features will create a structure that is less likely to be renovated or demolished and rebuilt in the future.

QUESTION: what's the difference between a green home and a natural home?

ANSWER: Natural homes go one step further than green homes by selecting 100% natural building materials such as adobe and straw, rammed earth, stone and other such building techniques.

QUESTION: Are green homes more expensive?

ANSWER: Typically a green home or a natural home is 10 to 15% more expensive.

QUESTION: Where can I view a list of Green homes currently for sale in the islands?

ANSWER: The Northwest multiple listing service does not yet properly classify green homes because of the ambiguous nature of defining a green home. However if you call or contact me via e-mail I would be happy to put together a list for you. Please feel welcome to begin exploring the properties within your price range by clicking on the "real estate search" link above. Thank you for visiting my site... if you would like to meet in person please drop by my office on Spring Street.

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