goes to home
buyers and to Austin Energy.
As the City of Austin continues to
encourage more sustainable practices,
the ECAD ordinance benefits each side
of a real estate transaction. For home
buyers, the energy audit provides a
helpful tool when evaluating a home,
whether looking for a place already
energy efficient or a new project for
home improvements. In addition, home
buyers can use the audit to anticipate
any potentially hidden costs associated
with ongoing maintenance and home
energy use, clarifying the full cost of a
For home sellers, an ECAD audit that
discloses an array of energy efficiency
home features translates into a more
distinct and attractive listing in the
competitive real estate marketplace.
Savvy sellers and buyers recognize that
the energy efficiency features identified
through the ECAD audit contribute to
‘green’ listings in the Multiple Listing
Service (MLS) and increase home value.
Austin Energy offers a variety of energy
efficiency upgrade incentives to help
homeowners offset the costs of making
improvements identified through the
ECAD audit. Homeowners who have
made energy efficiency improvements to
the home through Austin Energy
programs may qualify for an ECAD
For more information about the
Energy Conservation Audit and
Disclosure ordinance and related
Austin Energy programs, go to
talk with a local real estate professional.
NOT READY TO BUY?
If you’re new to the area, living in
corporate housing or renting in the
community area is a great idea – and
a great opportunity to discover areas
of town before you decide to buy.
An excellent source for finding out the
intricacies of renting property in Texas is
the Austin Tenants Council. The ATC’s
counseling line at 512-474-1961 is
open only for Travis County residents,
however, the organization’s website
( www.housing-rights.org) has valuable
Texas property code details and tenant-
landlord information and forms for
residents of surrounding counties.
No matter what you decide, those
new to the Austin and Central Texas
will soon discover just how much the
city has to offer when it comes to
housing, neighborhoods, amenities,
options, and much more.
AUSTIN HOUSING AND NEIGHBORHOODS
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