NAHB Compares Energy Savings to Age of Homes

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CF Funding comments on a recent blog post from the National Association of Realtors.

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Not only do homeowners with properties less than 4 years old save on energy costs, but insurance costs can also be reduced

In a recent April 17th blog post by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), homes which are 4 years old or less were compared with older homes in regards to energy and routine maintenance costs. Of course, it is generally expected that older homes will have more maintenance costs. However, CF Funding was surprised to learn that 73 percent of new homeowners spend only $25 per month or less on routine maintenance. This is compared to the 26 percent of all homeowners who spend over $100 on maintenance costs.

The study compared information from the American Housing Survey (AHS) dating back to 2009. As seen in the chart below, the majority of homeowners in new homes pay much less on average for routine maintenance than the average homeowner.

Homeowners who are stuck in a decision between a higher-priced new home (less than 4 years old) and a less expensive older home should consider the facts. Not only do most new homeowners spend less than 25 dollars per month on routine maintenance, but the AHS also reported that new homeowners saw major savings in energy costs. Electricity costs for the average homeowner totaled about 81 cents per square foot per year, while newer homes averaged about 68 cents per square foot. Even lower electricity costs were seen in homes with piped gas, where homeowners spent about 50 cents per square foot per year.

Other utilities were reported similar results: while water bills averaged 28 cents per square foot per year, new homeowners saw average costs of 22 cents. The median trash bill for homeowners was 15 cents per square foot per year, and newer homes had a medium price of 13 cents. Not only do homeowners with properties less than 4 years old save on energy costs, but insurance costs can also be reduced, as the median property insurance for newer homes was 31 cents per square foot as opposed to the national average of 39 cents per square foot. According to the NAHB, “These reduced expenditures represent one of the many reasons that the current system of appraisals needs updating to reflect the flow of benefits that come from features in a new home.” Many of the benefits the NAHB is referring to may be seen in Green homes. As CF Funding reported in February, green homes have significantly contributed to the home construction market over the past few years and green homeowners frequently reported lower utility costs and better insulation. The lender is happy to see reduced energy costs for new homeowners as the quality of green home building continues to improve.

Both new and old homebuyers will need financing to support home purchases in 2014. Those who are home shopping this spring should contact CF Funding Corporation for a free preapproval and competitive interest rates on mortgage loans. CF Funding loan specialists are rated 5 stars on Facebook at and on Yelp at

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