first time home-buyer

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  • I am in the process of buying my first home and I would like information and guidance on how to buy a "green" home or how to go about building "green." What is the first step? Who are the "best" (and more affordable) building companies?

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  • Sharon

    Post 2 of 2: I suggest that this meeting will get more attendees if the focus less on "how to buy your first home"--which any realtor will be happy to assist you with-- and instead focus on "how to buy/create an urban home/farm"--a topic most realtors are absolutely clueless about. I am glad to see two realtors referenced here know about something more substantial than granite countertops and hardwood floors (the current realtor mantra).
    I'll keep my eye on this meeting to see when/where and what the focus ends up being. I would hope there are several attendees like Eric who can speak to their experience.

    August 17, 2013

  • Sharon

    Post 1 of 2: Thank you Eric for your post--am checking out the link and would like to know who your realtor is. Christina, I will also contact you when I am ready to make a move--at this point I am still in the planning stages.
    I am NOT buying my first home by a long shot -- have designed and built 3 homes before (we got transferred around a lot). However, I am seriously considering retiring early, selling my current (too big for one person) home, and designing/building (or renovating) my next home to be the urban farm I have always dreamed of. Eric, I hope I have the chance at some point to have a long conversation with you about your "lessons learned" along these lines.

    August 17, 2013

  • eric

    If you are looking for a real estate agent, I would highly recommend the one I'm using, whom I actually found through this site. PM me for her contact information.

    Also, I would recommend looking at Wheat Ridge. The city is making an effort to promote itself as friendly for urban agriculture. Brochure:­
    and I know of a half a dozen people who have moved to the area because it is more friendly for urban homesteading and there are areas with existing wells and fruit trees.

    November 24, 2012

  • eric

    I am also in the process of buying my first home (almost closed!). I'll share a little about my learning process.

    First, decide where you want to live. Transportation is such an important part of a green, low-energy, lifestyle, so at least for me, having good access to bus, light rail, and bike routes was important.

    Second, do you want to buy a new house (or condo) that is green or buy an older house and make it green? New housing developments are only located in certain areas (e.g. Stapleton) but have new, green homes (the one builder I know of that does zero energy homes in Denver is­me/ but there may be others).

    Building a custom home on an empty lot in an existing neighborhood might mean better bus and light rail connections, but might be more expensive than buying in a development.

    I decided to buy an older home and will be making it very energy efficient over time.

    November 24, 2012

  • Darci

    I am buying my first home as well. I'd like to find out where in Denver is more Urban Homesteading friendly!

    October 6, 2012

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