Capitalism with a Green Heart by Dave Robinson

Dave Robinson contracted energy renovations for 30 years and served the industry as president of the California Building Performance Association before starting GreenEarthEquities in 2008.  He performs deep energy retrofits on foreclosed homes and and is building an Army of Energy-Wise Investors to do the same.  As the principal of GreenEarthEquities, his column provides proven insights into the nuts and bolts of profitable energy-wise house flipping utilizing the latest green building tools and technology.  Click here to read one or all of his many posts on every aspect of this issue. his column provides proven insights into the nuts and bolts of profitable energy-wise house flipping utilizing the latest green building tools and technology.  Click here to read one or all of his many posts on every aspect of this issue.

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Thousand Home Challenge!

The Affordable Comfort Institute* is sponsoring the "Thousand Home Challenge."  The challenge will be a demonstration project to showcase the fact that we really can do Energy Wise Renovation and cut current energy use by 70 to 90%.      The savings will be documented and the project will be used to craft "What's Next?"  in energy codes and policies. The idea of...Continue Reading!

Investing: The best days to buy

I have found that I get my best bargains in one of two times:  Either the first day that a listing hits the market, or after many months.   First response has worked well for me, as has being the first one in after a price reduction.   So the maxim is true, "The early bird gets the worm." On the other end...Continue Reading!

Call The Cops! Sometimes it’s the best way to raise the value in your neighborhood.

Recently we bought a home to do an Energy Wise Renovation in one of our targeted neighborhoods.  Kind of spotty actually, some really nice blocks and then some not so nice areas mixed in.   This neighborhood is in the "Valley of Decision."  The burst of energy it had when it was new 45 years ago is gone.   Everything is worn...Continue Reading!

A Tale of Two Foreclosures (Different Investors, Different Results)

It was one of my first offers as I was getting into Energy Wise real estate investing.   I was learning to negotiate and I asked for too much in my due diligence phase.   The bank sold it to another investor.... but I was successful on the one next door for the same price.    I knew everything about both houses so...Continue Reading!

Two House Flipping Rookies compare notes after 3 deals.

Today I had lunch with my long time friend, Ron Roberts, at Boston Market.  About 5 months ago I had convinced Ron that it was a perfect time to start buying and fixing houses.   I had dragged him to one investing seminar and that's all it took.   We're both contractors who had been away from real estate investing for many...Continue Reading!

Are You Dumb Enough To Be Rich? Book Review

One of my favorite real estate trainers is Bill Barnett.   I attended one of his three day trainings and  he and his wife, Kris put on an excellent event.   Bill's background is finance so he's very good with the numbers, but his biggest strength is his ability to tell a story to get his point across.  Us humans learn best...Continue Reading!

The Perfect Storm with Green Clouds

I'd been disillusioned about real estate investing for about 20 years.   I remember the phone call that took me out of the game.   About 11:30 one evening I learned that a tennant's water heater needed to be lit.  On my way across town to light it, I remember saying, "That's it, I'm done, let's sell all this stuff."   And we...Continue Reading!

Hamburger, It’s essential when feeding a dog a pill and…

Have you ever tried to feed a dog a pill, a pill that was going to be good for him?   It was a really good pill, I knew that, but he wouldn't believe it, and was ready to do me bodliy harm to maintain his position.  Until I brought out the secret weapon.  Hamburger.   I even let him watch me...Continue Reading!

The 5 Olympic Rings of Energy-Wise Renovation

In a previous post I said that if you were careful, you could go against common wisdom and do Energy-Wise house flipping in today's market.  At a profit.  And sell quickly.   Dont hear me wrong, I didn't say it was easy.    To win the Gold in this contest, we must do a lot of things right.  I liken it to...Continue Reading!

Energy-Wise Renovations: Will they sell in this market?

What is an Energy-Wise Renovation anyway?    To be an Energy-Wise Renovation, which is the main focus of this blog, the renovator must take the "whole house approach."   At a minimum, that will include: Dual Pane Low E2 Windows,  Big insulation in attic and walls, R38 to 55 depending on your climate zone, Attention to "thermal bypasses," Shell sealing of...Continue Reading!


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