Green Real Estate
Green Real Estate, or Sustainable Real Estate, means that the property has been or could be developed with low impact on the surrounding ecology, and/or with energy efficiency techniques. The best use for a property can vary, and this is where we come in with guidance and consultation on buying or selling real property in an ecologically-conscious way.
Real Estate With Ecological Consciousness
Ecology is the study of the interrelationships between and among all living beings and their environment. Ecological consciousness means choosing to consider the ecological consequences of human impact, with the intention of living and working in harmony with the natural world. Your awareness of the environment and concern for a healthy ecology puts a whole new light on ordinary real estate values. Aesthetic, ecological, and spiritual values can be harmoniously integrated with traditional values of utility, convenience, safety, location, and financial soundness. Economics and ecology can easily work together.
By adopting this point of view, you will make a positive difference for the near and long-term future as you make choices about real estate. By using Sundance Mountain Lands as your ecofriendly real estate agents, you directly and concretely support these NC mountains in remaining beautiful and ecologically robust.
A New Perspective
We at Sundance Mountain Lands can help you consider green design, construction and energy efficiency, and address ecological factors related to land use in the buying, selling, or holding of real property. Yes, we do ordinary real estate business associated with land, residential, farming, or commercial property, but as we do so, we hold a new perspective. Perhaps you will also.
We encourage you to make it your business to preserve and further the beauty and environmental vitality that draws you to these mountains in the first place. Do this for yourself, for your human neighbors and for your plant, animal, stream, and mountain neighbors. Do it for your children and grandchildren. Do it in respect for the Indigenous Peoples and other Appalachian families who have been here for generations. Honor the Earth and all her inhabitants. Live harmoniously with them.
Highest and Best Use of Real Estate
Invest in land or other real property for stewardship values as well as for financial and/or other personal reasons. To own property then takes on a connotation of caring for a gift entrusted to you by the Creator. This suggests a business ethic that sees more than a narrowly-defined self interest. This ethic sees property ownership as an opportunity that, if handled respectfully and wisely, will further not only the best interest of the owner but also that of the broader community and of the natural world. This view redefines “highest and best use” to mean what is the more ecologically-sound, environmentally-friendly, aesthetically-pleasing, and therefore, financially best use of a particular property. In some cases, undeveloped land has the greatest economic value, as well as intrinsic aesthetic value.
Practical Green Land Development
On the practical level, this means that certain land is best not developed at all. Other land may be developed lightly and with low impact, if density is kept low and environmentally-friendly placement and construction techniques and materials are used.
Still other property may be best used for more intense, dense development, if an effort is made to impact the land’s ecological health as little as possible, and to preserve the natural beauty as much as possible.
In each of these cases, a property’s value over the long haul may well be greater than that of a property developed with little or no concern for ecology or natural beauty, other than in meeting the minimum environmental standards required by law.
We can help you discern the appropriate sustainable principles for land development in the area.
Private Land Preservation
We would like to raise your consciousness that any and all kinds of real property, and the transactions involving them, can be seen from this new perspective.
A major goal at Sundance Mountain Lands is to identify people who can see that any person, or group of persons, can use their financial resources to protect and preserve land while meeting human needs. The land trusts, conservancies, and other environmental groups need our strong support, but we can also be a direct part of preserving the natural beauty and health of these mountains by how we deal with our own property, investments, and resources.
So, in addition to our regular brokerage services, we want to form a pool of investors who would be available to step in and buy choice land to preserve it. We must act expeditiously and decisively in the near future, if we are to make an appreciable difference.
Are you interested in becoming an investor in mountain land with the express purpose of protecting and preserving land, allowing little or no development? Do you know others who might be interested? Please contact us about land investment opportunities in the North Carolina mountains on our Contact Us page in the “Comments or Questions” box.