Mortgages That Reward Energy Efficiency

Cascadia Scorecard reports on a recent recent article that highlights yet another benefit of energy-efficient homes: they could qualify you for an energy-efficient mortgage (EEM). Since an energy-efficient house costs less to operate, Fannie Mae, the government-established private company that backs mortgages for low- to moderate-income homebuyers, recognizes that the money saved can be spent on housing costs. Thus, it adds the projected savings to the borrower’s income, raising that income and qualifying them for a larger mortgage.  Built Green has a nice example how this can work on paper. :: Cascadia Scorecard

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