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I am posting this here because its not about money and I want a more general audience then would be found in the "off the grid".<br><br>
We have a little 3 bedroom cape for sale. There has been no action on it, none at all. Agent wants to lower the price but admits why bother since nothing at all is selling. No one is even looking. We want to sell the cape, buy a new house and then sell the house we are living in. Life is too crazy to try and get this house show ready while living here. Our house is a horse farm but we have extensive solar and are on the grid. Best of both worlds. I cannot tell you how much interest we have had in the solar just word of mouth. My DH & I were brainstorming on ways to get more action on the cape. We painted, re-did bathrooms, etc. Planning to stage it with furniture too. Just in case someone ever came to look at it. It came to us that the cape might actually work for solar. We checked and DH said it would. He could put up a couple of solar panels to either offset the electric bill or even just hot water. It would be a couple thousand dollars but doable. DH would do it himself and maybe some help from a contractor her knows when installing the actual panels. I spoke to one agent and she thinks we would be nuts to waste the money. She said we would loose buyers and that no one wants anything like that.<br><br>
My question is would you or would you not be interested in a house with a couple of new solar panels? House is normal on the grid home. But has a couple of panels that could save you money on your utility bill. Or would they make you not interested?
 

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Personally, I would think that the solar panels would make the house more desirable. I know I would look more closely at a listing that had solar panels in the description.<br><br>
It's just a bad time of year for selling....Spring is coming though, and that should bring the market on the upswing.
 

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With energy bills rising, solar makes sense. But of course it isn't widely popular. So who knows how it would go on the market. Noone ever mentions solar on HGTV.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">:
 

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The HGTV website has a whole section on Green (decorating, home-building, etc).<br><br>
I thought there was a show called "Green Design" or something like that...I've only seen one episode.<br><br>
I think also geography would play a part in the interest in solar panels on a house....I know in Arizona, it's a huge draw. Here in Rhode Island, not so much. Or at least my DH says it's because we can't count on a majority of sunny days here in fickle New England.
 

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I would be interested but I'm not sure I represent the mainstream as far as these things go.
 

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I dunno... On the one hand, I love the idea of solar, and would find that intriguing. On the other, as with a lot of things people do to houses just to sell them, I'd probably be annoyed at the seller spending the money on it when it's not *quite* the way I'd do it myself, and then it basically just goes into the price of the house. I'd rather pay less, and do it myself, you know?<br><br>
Have you thought about switching realtors? Or possibly with the cooperation/approval of this realtor, posting on Craigslist (if you have one in the area)? Is there a prominent sign with easy-to-catch contact info? Is there a box with MLS flyers available for drive-bys? There's a lot of houses around here with their own websites... like "321Maple.com" where you can get details, interior pics, walk-throughs, etc. With the market like it is, what you really need is to make sure that buyers see your house FIRST, and then that they like it when they see it.
 

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Well solar would up my interest but I don't think we are a good sampling of mainstream America. I also think that many people interested in solar also would prefer to have more land with it than a city lot.<br><br>
In other news, why on EARTH would you want to sell an off-grid horse farm? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/drool.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="drool"><br><br>
We are actually trying to figure out how to sell our current house so that we can buy an off-grid ranch <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
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I would definitely be interested.<br><br>
Solar is becoming quite mainstream here - or, at least, the idea of solar power.<br><br>
Some well known home-improvement companies are advertising it, and our government gives rebates for installing it.<br><br>
Pity I'm on the other side of the world.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I'd consider switching realtors before I'd add solar panels.
 

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The agent is doing his job. Already on craigslist etc. Its just no one is even looking. Thats why the solar panels idea. Maybe draw in people who otherwise would not consider the house/area. Do enough and it in a way to make it a draw for people to look and be interested in lower utility bills but not so much it would be a drawback if someone was anti solar. The house is in the country in a little sub-division. Has 3 acres but is up on a hill with views. Highest house in the neighborhood. So you feel more on your own then you are. <a href="http://nneren.com/view2.php?id=2666647&ref=q&price=$349,000.00&t=" target="_blank">http://nneren.com/view2.php?id=2666647&ref=q&price=$349,000.00&t=</a><br><br>
You know the number 1 thing I hear about solar in NH is "you cannot do solar in NH". And yet here I am in a solar house with $8 electric bills 10 months out of the year and a hot water heater that is only turned on in the late fall to early winter. So I understand many people think it cannot be done. You have to have the right property where it will work. But it does work. I guess that would be the drawback. Having to educate buyers. But like I said we seem to be turning them away here.<br><br>
Sijae - Its a very long story why we are moving. Job, health issues etc.
 

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what about advertising in other newspapers online sites that might attract retirement couples, NH is pretty you might even think of placing an advert for europeans where my dad and step mom live they regularly have people from Germany buying there.<br><br>
Also put up a website with pictures, floorplan I did this for their condo they got hundreds of hits from a basic www. house site in the paper.
 

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but I own (and love) a little cape <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
So maybe I'm not the person to ask<br><br>
but heck, yeah, I'd be thrilled to find a house with solar panels. It would be a big plus for me.
 

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Some people might wonder about the maintenence about solar set up so make sure you can answer those questions and have the information printed out for prospective buyers. Some people do think they are ugly so ask your realtor.
 

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I would personally prefer a discount on the house rather than solar panels. As a buyer, how can I be sure they have been installed properly? I think the market is the problem, so you need to look at cash back on closing, cutting the asking price, or increased realtor commission.<br><br>
If I understand this correctly, you have 2 houses to sell. One cape and one solar house, and you are leaving the area. I would list BOTH houses, even if the solar one is not "ready to list". You can ask 24 hour notice for showings, if you want to. If the cape sells and you get another house (in the new area) you can pull the solar house listing, clean and stage it, then relist it.<br><br>
If this is an employer requested relo, ask the employer to buy the house at "market value". They will be doing lots of house buying in this market.
 

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I would be more interested in buying a home with solar panels.<br><br>
When we were shopping for houses we looked at one *just because* it was an earth contact home. If it hadn't been, we probably wouldn't have even wrote it down on our list. When we did look at it, it had a lot of things we were looking for (lack of carpet, good size yard, older solidly built home not one made of cardboard) so we bought it.
 

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I think cause its got the horse thing a retirement couple might be very interested they like the hobby farms and are prepared to live out of their current area maybe advertise in an eastcoast paper? hit more big cities<br><br>
also your hard to keep up to show quality while living in it could scare off buyers they need to see themselves living in it.. their stuff etc.<br><br>
OMG its gorgeous.<br>
seriously branch out in advertising to larger papers maybe national ones/east coast or a farm listings, retirement types...<br><br>
or instead of lowering the price offer to pay the first year's property taxes?<br>
The first year moving into a new house is a headache I'd personally like that over 4k off the list price
 
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