After 11 years of renting with roommates, Karen Heilesen is ready to own a home of her own. Searching in Corvallis and Portland, Oregon, she seeks co-housing with people from all ages and walks of life, shared electricity, energy efficient construction and open communal space for gatherings. Additionally, she'd like a home with a modern kitchen, an open layout and a small yard. Finding all of these things within a $250,000 budget may be a challenge, so she's enlisted the help of realtor Abe Drabkin who specializes in co-housing projects in the Portland area.
For the past two years, Kate Burwinkel and Joe Liszewski have rented a cramped one-bedroom loft in the college town of Davis, California. The future newlyweds have their hearts set on buying a modern home with a lot more space, complete with three bedrooms, at least two bathrooms and a spacious kitchen. Their wish list also includes earth-friendly features, such as a garden, solar energy panels, recycled glass countertops, dual flush toilets, a tankless water heater and energy efficient windows. They have a budget of $350,000, know exactly what they're looking for and have asked realtor Joanna Greenly to help them find it.
Stan and Colette Corwin live in large home in Alva, Florida that features cozy alcoves where the couple practice meditation and yoga. They've decided that they want to live greener and have begun the search for a new home in Asheville, North Carolina. Ideally, they want a home that has a space for Stan to garden and is located close to a like-minded community of people dedicated to leaving a light footprint on Mother Earth. To help them in their hunt, Stan and Colette are relying on their good friend and realtor Bill Westel from Eco-Steward Realty.
Bill Pedersen and Patricia Hovda are planning to move in together in Issaquah, Washington, a suburb of Seattle. They've decided to invest in a green home and have a substantial budget of $1 million. Their must-have list has three major criteria; it must be green, it must have a view, and it must be around 4,000 square feet. To help them secure a good investment, Bill and Trish are bringing broker Scott Gibbons on board.
The winds of change are blowing around Dan and Marissa Heflin. With Dan's job relocating him to the suburbs of Sacramento, they're switching city life in Long Beach for rural living in Auburn County, California. With an eco-friendly home in mind, they also hope to have three bedrooms and separate workspaces for their writing and musical pursuits. Next on the list is an updated kitchen with energy-efficient appliances and sustainable materials. With a budget of $375,000, the Heflins have called on real estate agent Marti Messina for her expertise.
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