AI’s Residential Green and Energy Efficient Addendum: What Appraisers Need to Know

The Appraisal Institute’s Residential Green and Energy Efficient Addendum is intended to help analyze values of energy-efficient home features and is the first form of its kind intended for appraisers’ use. The Appraisal Institute originally issued its form in 2greenhome011 as an optional addendum to Fannie Mae Form 1004, which is the appraisal profession’s most widely used form for mortgage lending purposes. [Read more…]

What is the Value of ‘Green’?

An academic study released last year found that homes with green labels provide a market premium of 9 percent compared to similar homes without the labels.

The study, “The Value of Green Labels in the California Housing Market,” examined how green and energy efficient features impacted the sale price of homes in California. It was published by Nils Kok, Maastricht University, Netherlands/University of California, Berkeley; and Matthew E. Kahn, University of California, Los Angeles.


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Candidate for Designation Advisors Needed


This month I would like to tell you about an easy way that you can share your knowledge and experience while giving back to the valuation profession.

Will you consider giving back a little to the profession that has given you so much?

The Appraisal Institute is seeking Designated members to serve as Advisors for Candidates for Designation. Before thinking you don’t have time, consider the following:

  • To become an Advisor, you need merely take a short (less than one hour) online orientation course.
  • You can choose how many Candidates for Designation you’d like to advise – from one to 10 individuals.
  • Each Candidate for Designation will require a minimum of just four phone calls, emails or visits per year.

Your achievement of a prestigious Appraisal Institute designation undoubtedly has helped you reap many benefits over the years. By encouraging AI Candidates for Designation and monitoring their progress as needed – encouraging Candidates to manage their own learning and guiding them to appropriate resources – you will help secure the future of the Appraisal Institute and will help elevate the professionalism of other appraisers. And you may earn up to 25 hours of AI continuing education credit!

Please take a moment now to view the free online Advisor orientation on the Appraisal Institute website.

It’s important that you act now. Please respond before Nov. 15. And thank you in advance for your participation!

Also, don’t forget that the Appraisal Institute is offering a program fee discount of

$25 to those who enroll by Oct. 31.

For more information, visit the Candidate for Designation page or email

AI Refutes Realtor Claims on ‘Low’ Appraisals

In response to the National Association of Realtors again blaming faulty appraisals for holding back the housing recovery, AI spoke with key national media outlets to refute these claims and to set the record straight. AI was quoted in The New York Times, The Washington Post and other major media outlets. Visit the members-only AI in the News section on the Appraisal Institute’s website to see all recent media coverage.

As part of that effort, I had the opportunity to tape an interview with the National Association of Realtors’ “Real Estate Today” program, which will air this weekend on 180 stations in all 50 states, along with Sirius XM satellite radio (XM channel 168) and on 11,000 Realtor web sites. During the interview, I addressed how homeowners can help improve the appraisal value of their property, discussed how Realtors can work effectively with appraisers, and cleared up misconceptions about so-called “low” appraisals “killing” home sales.

Click here to see a state-by-state list of stations and times; I hope you’ll tune in and listen to the interview this weekend.

AI to Work with Colorado on Valuing ‘Green’ Homes
The Appraisal Institute has signed a memorandum of understanding with the state of Colorado to promote a wide use of tools to document home energy features. The groups also will jointly develop valuation studies.

The memorandum of understanding, signed by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and Appraisal Institute CEO Frederick H. Grubbe, seeks to address a need for data in valuing homes with green and energy-efficient features. Click here to see the MOU.
Other News Around AI

And finally, here’s some other important news from the Appraisal Institute:

  • The Appraisal Institute has published a book. “Self Storage Economics and Appraisal” will be available Oct. 29. Click here to purchase.
  • The Appraisal Institute is now offering two online courses: “Introduction to Green Buildings: Principles & Concepts” and “Case Studies in Appraising Green Residential Buildings.” Learn more about these courses and AI’s Valuation of Sustainable Buildings Professional Development Program here.
  • AI has created a Knowledge Center, which is available on the website. The Knowledge Center features programs developed by the Appraisal Institute, and downloadable electronic materials are immediately accessible.

If you have an “opinion of value,” please share your comments.

Appraisal Institute Agrees to Work with State of Colorado on Valuing ‘Green’ Homes

The nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers has signed a memorandum of understanding with the state of Colorado to promote a wide use of tools to document home energy features. The groups also will jointly develop valuation studies.

The Appraisal Institute will work with the Colorado Energy Office to identify Colorado market-specific trends in energy valuation. The organizations plan to collect information about the impact of energy efficiency on the residential real estate market and to share that data as trends emerge.

The memorandum of understanding, signed by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and Appraisal Institute CEO Frederick H. Grubbe, seeks to address a need for data in valuing homes with green and energy-efficient features. In addition to aiding appraisers, that data can help consumers decide which improvements to pursue as they seek to maximize the value of their homes. [Read more…]

AI Urges FHFA Action on Enterprise Underwriting Standards

The Appraisal Institute sent a letter to the Federal Housing Finance Agency Sept. 13 urging it to integrate a credible appraisal process into any plan involving loans backing properties with sustainable or energy-efficient features.

The letter was in regard to the Property Assessed Clean Energy program whose purpose is to encourage residential property owners to make energy-efficient improvements to their residences and finance those improvements through a tax lien. [Read more…]

Appraisal Institute Provides Tips for Valuing Green Features

Energy-efficient home features continue to increase in popularity among consumers, yet placing a value on these “green” products can be challenging.

The potential value of green features depends on the improvements made. Some green renovations, such as adding Energy Star appliances and extra insulation, or Energy Star-qualified windows, are likely to pay the homeowner back in lowered utility bills relatively quickly.

When appraising a green home, the appraiser evaluates supply and demand and competition in general, as well as specifically for green homes. Is the subject home the only green home in the area? Are typical purchasers in that market area knowledgeable about green building? Are they willing to pay more for a green home? Or, given the choice between a green home and a non-green home, are they more willing or likely to buy a green home? [Read more…]

Not All Home Improvements Are Worth the Investment

With spring weather arriving, consumers may be thinking about undertaking a home improvement project. But not every renovation or remodeling effort will pay off when the owner sells their home.

blog_image_4_12_12According to Remodeling magazine’s “2011-12 Cost vs. Value Report,” conducted in cooperation with Realtor Magazine and the National Association of Realtors’, the projects with the highest expected return on investment are siding replacement, entry door replacement, attic bedroom addition, kitchen (minor remodel) and garage door replacement.

Consumers should be aware that cost does not necessarily equal value. Here are some other tips for homeowners from the Appraisal Institute: [Read more…]

Appraisal Institute Announces Support for New Solar Valuation Tool

The Appraisal Institute this week announced its support for a new tool that will assist appraisers and others seeking to establish the value of a property’s solar-powered features. The spreadsheet was developed by Solar Power Electric and Sandia National Laboratories.

Finding a way to value residential and commercial properties with photovoltaic (PV) installations is a growing challenge facing the nation’s real estate industry. As more homes and businesses turn to solar power, the need grows for ways to develop reliable and credible opinions of value of the installations and the power they generate.


PV Value works within a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet to determine the value of a PV system. This is done using an income capitalization approach whereby the energy value is calculated over the lifetime of the PV module warranty. Inputs to PV Value include the zip code of the location, local utility rate and characteristics of the PV system. An appraisal range of value estimate is returned as a function of a pre-determined risk spread. This tool can be used to value a PV system at any location in the U.S. through its interface with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s PVWatts simulator. [Read more…]

Appraisal Institute Continues Leadership Role in Green Valuation

The Appraisal Institute long has been the industry leader in green valuation. Along with creating and issuing the Residential Green and Energy Efficient Addendum in September 2011 and strongly supporting the federal Sensible Accounting to Value Energy (SAVE) Act introduced in October 2011, AI has been and remains at the forefront of energy-efficient and environmentally friendly valuation practices and thought leadership highlighted by the following:

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Appraisal Institute Supports Green Real Estate Bill

Based on its benefits for consumers, the Appraisal Institute fully supports the Sensible Accounting to Value Energy (SAVE) Act, which is federal legislation recently introduced by Sens. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., and Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., that would improve the mortgage underwriting process by ensuring energy costs are included.

Under the SAVE Act, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development would issue updated underwriting and appraisal guidelines for any loan issued, insured, purchased or securitized by the Federal Housing Administration or any other federal mortgage loan insurance agency. [Read more…]