Green Seller Guide
Selling your Energy Efficient Home
Boast-Worthy Green Features
How many can be found in your home?
✔ Solar power or solar hot water
✔ Insulation and/or air sealing upgrades
✔ Heat pumps
✔ Wood pellet boiler or stove
✔ ENERGY STAR home appliances
✔ ENERGY STAR heating equipment
✔ LED lighting
✔ Low-flow water fixtures
✔ Nearby bus routes or bike path
The Green Addendum
Gather documentation to verify your home’s energy efficient features, hire a professional to help if needed, and share the completed Green Addendum with buyers, lenders, and appraisers.
Make your home’s energy efficient features a selling point. Mention green features in your listing, post your home on green listing sites, and use signage to highlight green features around the house.
Your Home is Different.
Help prospective buyers see why:
The Green Addendum
Use this widely recognized template to document your home’s energy efficient features.
Make your home’s energy efficiency a strong selling point.
Want Help? Join the Club!
Join the Upper Valley Green Seller Club and Vital Communities’ independent energy experts will reach out a few times during your sale process to check in and offer assistance in completing your Green Addendum and marketing your green home. This service is completely free!
The Green Addendum
- What is the Green Addendum and who should use it?
- Do I need to hire a professional to help me complete the Green Addendum?
- What should I do with my completed Green Addendum?
Compile Your Green Addendum:
- Step-by-Step Guide from Vital Communities
- Blank Green Addendum from the Appraisal Institute
- Definitions from the Appraisal Institute
Download the Lender Letter Template
Send this letter, along with your completed Green Addendum, to your buyer’s lender.
Sample Green Addenda
These examples include the completed green addendum and accompanying documentation for actual green homes, including recommendations on how to appropriately list in the MLS.
Not sure where to start? Need advice? Unsure about next steps?
Vital Communities is an independent, nonprofit community resource. Sarah and Ana from our Energy Team are experts in all things Green Real Estate and ready to help. Any and all questions welcome!
Any real estate agent can help you use the Green Seller Guide
Share this resource with your real estate agent and ask them to contact Vital Communities (email@example.com) so we can help them help you.
Some real estate agents have completed the Green Real Estate Crash Course with Vital Communities and have been specially trained to assist you.
Real estate agents in the Upper Valley who have completed Vital Communities’ Green Real Estate Crash Course
Hanover / Lebanon (and surrounding communities)
Gabbie Black, Coldwell Banker Lifestyles
firstname.lastname@example.org, 603-643-6406 (office), 603-448-8795 (cell)
Olivia Chapman, Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty, Hanover, NH
email@example.com, 603-643-6070 (office), 802-291-2486 (cell)
Colby Clarkson, Roger Clarkson Realtors, Hanover, NH
firstname.lastname@example.org, 603-643-6004 (office), 603-643-0093 (cell)
Susan Cole, Susan Cole Realty Group, Lebanon, NH
email@example.com, 603-448-4500 (office), 603-381-5522 (cell)
Denise Dame, LindeMac Real Estate, Hanover, NH
firstname.lastname@example.org, 603-676-7113 (office), 603-389-2070 (cell)
Martha Diebold, Martha E. Diebold Real Estate, Hanover, NH
email@example.com, 603-795-4816 (office)
*Dick Dumez, Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty, Hanover, NH
firstname.lastname@example.org, 603-276-1307 (office), 603-359-6100 (cell)
Amy Gamache, Keller Williams, Lebanon, NH
email@example.com, 603-232-8282 (office), 603-252-9887 (mobile)
William “Star” Johnson, Big Green Real Estate, Hanover, NH
firstname.lastname@example.org, 603-643-3942 (office)
Eric Johnston, Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty, Hanover, NH
email@example.com, 603-276-1346 (office), 802-779-1903 (cell)
*Lynne Labombard, LaBombard Peterson Realty Group, Lebanon, NH
firstname.lastname@example.org, 603-448-0600 (office), 603-359-1417 (cell)
Jenna Luce, RE/MAX Upper Valley Partners, West Lebanon, NH
email@example.com, 603-298.-8900 (office), 603-398-7013 (other)
Linda Mayo, Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty, Hanover, NH
firstname.lastname@example.org, 603-643-6070 (office), 802-345-5202 (cell)
Buff McLaughry, Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty, Hanover, NH
email@example.com, 603-276-1317 (office)
Linde McNamara, Linde Mac Real Estate, Hanover, NH
firstname.lastname@example.org, 603-643-4900 (office), 603-277-0067 (cell)
*Kathy Peterson, LaBombard Peterson Realty Group, Lebanon, NH
email@example.com, 603-448-0600 (office), 603-381-6719 (cell)
Berna Rexford, Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty, Hanover, NH
firstname.lastname@example.org, 603-676-7328 (office), 802-291-0479 (cell)
Melissa Robinson, Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty, Hanover, NH
email@example.com, 603-296-1327 (office), 603-667-7761 (cell)
Rose Smith, Susan Cole Realty Group, Lebanon, NH
firstname.lastname@example.org, 603-448-4500 (office), 603-276-0900 (cell)
Delia Wallace, Coldwell Banker Lifestyles, Hanover, NH
email@example.com, 603-643-6406 (office), 603-443-2144 (cell)
Enfield / Canaan (and surrounding communities)
Leafie “Casey” Cantlin, Vanessa Stone Real Estate, LLC, Enfield, NH
firstname.lastname@example.org, 603-632-5757 x111 (office)
*Mary Chamberlin, Vanessa Stone Real Estate, LLC, Enfield, NH
email@example.com, 603-632-5757 (office), 603-381-4526 (cell)
Yarrow Farnsworth, Vanessa Stone Real Estate, LLC, Enfield, NH
firstname.lastname@example.org, 603-632-5757 (office), 603-252-1837 (cell)
Gordon Gooch, Vanessa Stone Real Estate, LLC, Enfield, NH
email@example.com, 603-632-5757 (office)
Fred Lane, Vanessa Stone Real Estate, LLC, Enfield, NH
firstname.lastname@example.org, 603-632-5757 x103 (office)
Kerrie Roy, Moose Mountain Realty, Enfield, NH
email@example.com, 603-632-9000 (office)
Vanessa Stone, Vanessa Stone Real Estate, LLC, Enfield, NH
firstname.lastname@example.org, 603-632-5757 (office)
Dave Walthour, Dave Walthour Real Estate, Enfield, NH
email@example.com, 603-632-1234 (office)
Bill Warren, Staggs-Warren, Enfield, NH
firstname.lastname@example.org, 603-632-5525 (office)
Don Wyman, Granite Northland, Enfield, NH
email@example.com, 603-632-5567 (office)
Doreen Wyman, Granite Northland, Canaan, NH
firstname.lastname@example.org, 603-523-7200 (office)
Lake Sunapee / Kearsarge (and surrounding communities)
Ty Morris, Coldwell Banker Lifestyles, Sunapee, NH
email@example.com, 603-526-4020 (office), 603-237-2060 (cell)
Woodstock / Hartland (and surrounding communities)
Bobbi Dagger, The Atlantic Real Estate Network, Woodstock, VT
firstname.lastname@example.org, 802-356-0600 (office), 802-291-3543 (cell)
Mary Mayhew, Snyder Donegan Real Estate Group, Woodstock, VT
email@example.com, 802-457-2600 (office), 802-356-3776 (cell)
Hartford / Norwich (and surrounding communities)
Risa Mornis, Brick and Barn Real Estate Group, Quechee, VT
firstname.lastname@example.org, 802-295-7525 (office), 802-359-3680 (cell)
Jim Shibles, Brick and Barn Real Estate Group, Quechee, VT
email@example.com, 802-295-7525 (office), 802-252-7180 (cell)
Lyme / Orford (and surrounding communities)
Jane Eakin, Martha E. Diebold Real Estate, Lyme, NH
firstname.lastname@example.org, 603-795-4816 (office), 802-522-3045 (cell)
JoAnn Riemer, Martha E. Diebold Real Estate, Lyme, NH
email@example.com, 603-795-4816 (office)
Paula Small, Coldwell Banker Lifestyles, Lyme, NH
firstname.lastname@example.org, 603-643-6406 (office), 603-491-1889 (cell)
Tami Sullivan, Snyder Donegan Real Estate Group, Orford, NH
email@example.com, 603-643-0599 (office), 603-254-6570 (cell)
Thetford / Strafford (and surrounding communities)
Sue Ricker, Ann Swanson Real Estate, Thetford, VT
firstname.lastname@example.org, 802-785-4475 (office), 802-291-1153 (cell)
*Also completed the National Association of Realtors’ Green Designation Course
Some Realtors® are National Association of Realtors (NAR) Green Designees and have completed a two-day, national training program on energy efficiency and sustainable homes. Like the real estate agents listed above, they are specially suited to help you buy or sell properties with green features, or simply to help clients interested in a more sustainable home buying process.
Energy Savvy Home Inspectors in the Upper Valley
The following Upper Valley Home Inspectors are active members of the Upper Valley Green Real Estate Network and meet regularly to discuss energy efficiency.
Check First Home Inspection, Michael Riese, Canaan, NH
River Valley Home Inspection, Dave DeSimone, Orford, NH
Twin State Inspections, Dale Shriver, Etna, NH
Hire a Certified Home Performance Professional
Whether getting an energy audit or completing home energy upgrades, be sure to hire a contractor certified by the Building Performance Institute (BPI). In order to qualify for rebates, your BPI contractor must ALSO be approved by Efficiency Vermont and/or NHsaves.
Vermont – Use the contractor directory at EfficiencyVermont.com to find BPI-certified contractors near you.
New Hampshire – Use the NHsaves Home Energy Calculator to determine if your home is eligible for NHsaves rebates (based on energy used per square foot).
- If you ARE eligible for NHsaves rebates, complete an NHsaves application and a certified contractor will be assigned to you.
- If you are NOT eligible for NHsaves rebates, search the national directory of BPI-certified contractors for professionals near you. Or contact Vital Communities for local recommendations (Energy@VitalCommunities.org or 802.291.9100 x109)
The Appraisal Institute offers Green Appraiser accreditation to home appraisers who are trained to assess the value of high performing and energy efficient homes.
To request a Green Appraiser
- Download and fill out this Lender Letter Template
- Attach your completed Green Addendum
- Send the letter and attachment(s) to the Buyer’s Lender as soon as possible after the offer letter is accepted. It may take time for the Lender to track down a qualified appraiser, if one can be secured.
Home Energy Score Assessors
Developed by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Home Energy Score™ provides standardized information about a home’s energy use; like a miles-per-gallon rating on a car. Expect to pay between $150 and $300 for your score. Home Energy Score Assessors serving the Upper Valley:
Vital Communities is aware of two Home Energy Score Assessors serving the Upper Valley.
Building Energy, Brent Mellen, White River Junction, VT (serves VT) email@example.com, 802.281.5079
ABC Energy Savings, Bob Eldredge, Concord, NH (serves NH)
Contact Vital Communities to request a print copy of the Green Seller Guide
Energy@VitalCommunities.org or 802.291.9100 x109
Resources for Brokers Representing Green Sellers
MLS Green Fields in NEREN
Print and share with clients to start the Green Real Estate conversation, especially if you get the sense their home may have green features.
Realtors - Upper Valley Green Real Estate Network
The following is a list of all Realtors who are engaged with the Upper Valley Green Real Estate Network in some way. If your Realtor is not on this list, encourage them to contact Vital Communities.
Ann Swanson Real Estate, Thetford, VT
Better Homes and Gardens Milestone Group, New London, NH
Big Green Real Estate, Hanover, NH
C21 Energy Shield Realty, Lebanon, NH
Cushing Real Estate
Coldwell Banker Lifestyles
Coldwell Banker Redpath
Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty
Galloway Real Estate
Granite Northland, Canaan and Enfield, NH
Housing Solutions, Hanover, NH
Linde Mac Real Estate, Hanover, NH
Moose Mountain Realty
Real Property Options, Claremont
ReMax Upper Valley
Roger Clarkson Realtors,
Mary Chamberlin, Vanessa Stone Real Estate, Lebanon, NH
Bobbi Dagger, RE/MAX Group, Norwich, VT
Dick Dumez, Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty, Lebanon, NH
Lynne Labombard, Housing Solutions Real Estate, Lebanon, NH
Al Michalovic, Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty, Lebanon, NH
Kathy Peterson, Housing Solutions, Lebanon, NH
Ben Cushing, Cushing Real Estate, New London, NH
Linda Rosenthall, Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty, New London, NH
Susie Moore, Better Homes and Gardens Masiello Group, New London, NH
Alan Croteau, Real Property Options, Claremont, NH
Debra Staniscia, Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty, Ludlow, VT
Thanks to our Partners
The Upper Valley Green Real Estate Network is a program of Vital Communities. From our first exploratory meeting in early 2016 to the long-awaited launch of a formal network in 2018, we wouldn’t be where we are without the passion and support of our many Green Real Estate partners.
Core Advisory Team
- Bob Walker
- Buff McLaughry, Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty (FSSIR)
- Dick Dumez, FSSIR
- Celina Barton, Big Green RealEstate
- Lynne LaBombard, Housing Solutions
Early Collaborators and Advisors
- Laurie Fielder
- Rob Messenger
Plug-In to Electric Vehicles at the Upper Valley Electric Vehicle Expo
Vital Communities, Upper Valley Sierra Club, and volunteers from several Upp [...]
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Climate Projects Coordinator
— Ana Mejia, Climate Projects Coordinator
Ana Mejia is the Climate Projects Coordinator at Vital Communities. She is a Southern California native and first arrived to the Upper Valley in 2018. Ana received her Bachelor’s degree in Geology from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania and her Master’s in Environmental Sciences and Policy from Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, where she wrote her thesis on solar home affordability and energy efficiency programs for low income families. When she is not actively working towards creating sustainable communities, Ana enjoys swimming, cross-country skiing, birding, and trying out new dessert recipes with her KitchenAid mixer.
Energy Program Manager
— Sarah Brock, Energy Program Manager
Sarah Brock joined Vital Communities in 2013 as our Energy Program Manager. Through her work Sarah provides support for our region’s 40+ local energy committees, engaging with dozens of volunteers and clean energy businesses in programs like Solarize Upper Valley, Weatherize Upper Valley, and the Upper Valley Green Real Estate Network. Prior to joining the Vital Communities team, Sarah was an Environmental Philanthropy Associate with the High Meadows Fund, a supporting organization of the Vermont Community Foundation. Sarah now lives in Warner, New Hampshire, with her husband Zach and her chickens. When she's not busy advocating for energy efficiency, Sarah enjoys playing the trombone and taking walks in her backwoods to look for signs of New Hampshire's abundant wildlife.