Are you thinking about putting your downtown Boston condo up for sale this spring? You may be looking around for low-cost improvements you can make to boost your Boston Midtown real estate value. Or maybe you’re a new Boston Beacon Hill real estate owner who felt the cold air seeping through your single-pane windows last winter and thought “Ouch, this is definitely hurting my heating bill.”

You’re not alone. Ninety percent of home buyers these days are looking for energy-efficient homes, with features like good insulation and efficient appliances. In Boston’s cold winter temperate climate, energy costs can be high. 

Unfortunately, measures to reduce the amount of energy it takes to run your Boston Beacon Hill home can often be costly. Don’t let that stop you, though. Tax credits and rebates allow homeowners to make energy-efficient improvements for a lot less. Follow these steps to learn how to get cash back for greening your home:

Energy Audit

First step you can take for your Boston Beacon Hill condo is to get an idea of where your home needs the most help. It’s free. Just contact your energy company and you can do it online or over the phone. You can also start watching your electric bill through an energy tracker.

Conclusion

Don’t forget, you can not only get money back for greening your home through cash incentives and tax credits, your home’s value will reflect energy efficient improvements as well. Talk to your Boston Beacon Hill real estate agent to find out more!

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    1. 2. Let’s say that the energy audit confirms your suspicions about those windows and recommends replacing them with double-paned glass. The next place to go is to

PMAR’s (Portland Metro Association of Realtors) client resource page

    1.  for

a list of cash incentives and state and federal tax credits for energy efficiency home improvements.

    1.  They also link to assistance opportunities for those with low to moderate incomes.

 

    1. 3.

State and federal tax credits

    1.  are always changing, so it wouldn’t hurt to check these lists also to see if your windows (or other improvements) are eligible:

Oregon residential energy tax credits 

    1. and federal tax credits for consumer energy efficiency.

 

    1. 4. Find a licensed independent contractor to install your new windows through

Energy Trust of Oregon’s database

    1. .

 

    1. 5. See

Portland General Electric’s list of low-cost improvements you can do yourself

     to see if there is anything else you can do to make your home more efficient. Don’t forget to check for tax credits and rebates for any of these (you can even get money back for planting trees!)

Don’t forget, you can not only get money back for greening your home through cash incentives and tax credits, your home’s value will reflect energy efficient improvements as well. Talk to your  Portland real estate agent to find out more!

 

 

    1.  to monitor your energy use over the year.

 

    1. 2. Let’s say that the energy audit confirms your suspicions about those windows and recommends replacing them with double-paned glass. The next place to go is to

PMAR’s (Portland Metro Association of Realtors) client resource page

    1.  for

a list of cash incentives and state and federal tax credits for energy efficiency home improvements.

    1.  They also link to assistance opportunities for those with low to moderate incomes.

 

    1. 3.

State and federal tax credits

    1.  are always changing, so it wouldn’t hurt to check these lists also to see if your windows (or other improvements) are eligible:

Oregon residential energy tax credits 

    1. and federal tax credits for consumer energy efficiency.

 

    1. 4. Find a licensed independent contractor to install your new windows through

Energy Trust of Oregon’s database

    1. .

 

    1. 5. See

Portland General Electric’s list of low-cost improvements you can do yourself

     to see if there is anything else you can do to make your home more efficient. Don’t forget to check for tax credits and rebates for any of these (you can even get money back for planting trees!)

Don’t forget, you can not only get money back for greening your home through cash incentives and tax credits, your home’s value will reflect energy efficient improvements as well. Talk to your  Portland real estate agent to find out more!

Author Profile

John Ford
John Ford
EXPERIENCE

Over the course of 20 years in the Boston downtown real estate market, John represented and sold numerous, condominiums, investment and development properties in Greater Boston and in the surrounding suburbs



In addition to representing Boston condo buyers and sellers, John is currently one of the most recognized Boston condo blog writers regarding Boston condominiums and residential real estate markets. John's insights and observations about the Boston condo market have been seen in a wide variety of the most established local & national media outlets including; Banker and Tradesman, Boston Magazine The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and NewsWeek and Fortune magazine, among others.



HISTORY

For over 24 years, John Ford, of Ford Realty Inc., has been actively involved in the real estate industry. He started his career in commercial real estate with a national firm Spaulding & Slye and quickly realized that he had a passion for residential properties. In 1999, John entered the residential real estate market, and in 2000 John Started his own firm Ford Realty Inc. As a broker, his clients have come to love his fun, vivacious, and friendly attitude. He prides himself on bringing honesty and integrity to the entire home buying and selling process. In addition to helping buyers and sellers, he also works with rental clients. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new Boston condo or rent an apartment, you’ll quickly learn why John has a 97% closing rate.

AREAS COVERED

Back Bay

Beacon Hill

Charles River Park

Downtown/Midtown

North End

South End

Seaport District

South Boston

Waterfront

Brookline

Surrounding Communities of Boston
Contact
John Ford and his staff can be reached at 617-595-3712 or 617-720-5454. Please feel free to stop by John's Boston Beacon Hill office located at 137 Charles Street.




John Ford
Ford Realty Inc
137 Charles Street
Boston, Ma 02114

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