Caroline Gerardo, C. G. Barbeau the Loan Lady nmls 324982 (Sun West Mortgage Corporation)

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Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

More California regulations = more migration to Arizona.

May 10, 2018 09:32 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

And who is going to pay for the waste that begins about 2030?

It’s important for these panels to be recycled; otherwise, valuable resources will end up in landfills. Additionally, solar panels contain heavy metals, such as cadmium and lead, which could leach into the environment if not properly recycled. Solar panels also can contain rare elements, such as gallium and indium, that are slowly being depleted. Recycling these materials helps conserve the supplies of these finite resources.

May 10, 2018 09:52 AM
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

While I like the idea of solar panels and in fact we have looked into them for our own home, I am not a fan of over-regulation. -Kasey

May 10, 2018 09:39 AM
Raj Taj
RE/MAX - Lake Bluff, IL
Drive By Blessings!

Serves them right! We know how they like to vote, well, most of them.

May 10, 2018 09:45 AM
Susie Kay
Ultra Real Estate Dallas Fort Worth - Plano, TX
North Dallas Specialist

Too much regulations in my opinion.

May 10, 2018 10:34 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate Agent Retired

Ridiculous like every law they pass. Over reach from government on local homeowners.

May 10, 2018 10:24 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

You're welcome to come to the sane side of the country Caroline! We'd love to have you!

May 10, 2018 09:34 AM
Joe D'Agostino
NMLS# 729950 - Manahawkin, NJ
Mortgage Officer 46 years!

Here on the East Coast having solar has become an issue when selling. The reason is that many home owners had the installation leased or financed. When selling, many buyers do not want to pay the monthly finance or lease payment. 

May 10, 2018 10:36 AM
Jeff Perlis Prime Properties
Prime Properties - Lake Arrowhead, CA
Experience Your Own Transformation!

I did not know. Thanks.

May 10, 2018 10:19 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

What's next?

May 10, 2018 12:45 PM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

    In a state where the average Joe cannot afford to buy a house, jack up the prices by $28,000.  Sounds reasonable.

May 10, 2018 12:16 PM
AJ Heidmann ~ CRS
McEnearney Associates, Inc. - Alexandria, VA
YOUR Alexandria & Arlington, VA Real Estate Expert

Caroline ~ I heard about this as the decision came up... and it seems to me that they adding costs to homes in a market that is already very expensive.  I can just imagine many first time or move up home buyers being priced out of the market because of this.  Having solar panels should be up to the buyer in my opinion, not big government.

May 10, 2018 12:01 PM
Joyce Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Coast & Luxury

I'm working with more and more buyers from California.  They are starting to realize that Florida might be a very attractive and more affordable option for them.  

May 10, 2018 11:55 AM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011
HomeSmart - Scottsdale, AZ
Real Estate Made Easy

Very controversial subject. I for one think it is a step in the right direction. I have long been one that believes that widespread use of solar would benefit everyone. Here in Arizona, we could be generating millions of watts of clean energy for free, but the Arizona Corporate Commision has stymied the growth of solar by allowing the local power companies to charge exorbitant fees for connecting to the grid and paying lower than average rates for the power solar customers generate. All they have done is protect the 100-year-old business model that the power companies have been using, instead of adapting to new, better technology.

For those that say it is overregulation, Why do you not think that the dozens of regulations that favor the power company are not overregulation? If you really believed in "free market" you would not be in favor of this protectionism that hurts the consumer.

May 10, 2018 11:02 AM
Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

That's quite a price tag, not including ongoing maintenance.

May 10, 2018 10:52 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

We shall see. . .

May 10, 2018 10:45 AM
Francine Viola
Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA - Olympia, WA
REALTOR®, In Tune with your Real Estate Needs

I agree with Kasey - and also at least CA isn't requiring RESALE homes to have solar panels!  Luckily that is just for new construction.

May 10, 2018 10:28 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Hopefully, the volume of purchases will reduce the cost for everybody in the country. I think this is a smart move for California.

May 10, 2018 10:15 AM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Seems like too much regulation.  Will be interesting to see how this pans out. Personally, I think a good number of homeowners will be finding another location to call "Home Sweet Home"

May 10, 2018 01:11 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

I hate that it is a law...Many of our friends have done this on existing homes, but the DWP asks for a pound of flesh for doing that.  A

May 10, 2018 01:03 PM
J.R. Schloemer, CRS
Kentucky Select Properties - Louisville, KY

I am mixed on the law. I think it is really good to break the dependency on fossil fuels and other energy sources, while the sun is there. I do not like the mandatory use of materials from the top down. I do wonder, IF, in the long run this will lower the price of renewable energy sources.

May 10, 2018 12:26 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

it makes sense in California, but it certainly won't here in New England.... although, in California, that's just another cost added to the list....

May 10, 2018 11:30 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Good for them!

Now the State government AND the Utility monopoly can stick it to the homeowner AGAIN by gaming the remissions to the homeowner.  Then that 10 year payoff get extended to 20, long past the effective life if the system.

Californians get the government they deserve.

May 10, 2018 10:42 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

It is a good idea, let's see how it is going to be implemented. As a big supporter of all green and sustainable, I'd love to see more of it.

May 10, 2018 10:33 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

With more users the cost per user should go down as more vendors get in the game.

May 10, 2018 07:32 PM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Ridiculous. I'd being working on hiring some new regulators, politicians, etc.

May 10, 2018 01:51 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Not sure we got a 2.3Kw system as part of a new home purchase.  There were ~$3K deduction.... The sytem is under a hisdtorical tree....

May 10, 2018 12:45 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

More residents will move to Texas

May 10, 2018 12:37 PM
Ricardo Mello
Manhattan Miami Real Estate - Manhattan, NY
Manhattan & Miami Real Estate Agent

I actually like the idea!

May 10, 2018 11:28 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

(1) What Candice A. Donofrio said.

(2) I think the jury is still out on real costs and real savings and will be for quite a while.

May 10, 2018 10:38 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Its a smart move to get it done during construction..

May 10, 2018 10:33 AM
John Meussner
Mortgages in AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, MD, MT, NC, NJ, NV, OK, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WV - Fair Oaks, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Fair Oaks, CA 484-680-4852

I think I won't ever be buying a home in California.

Absurd costs for very quickly outdated technology, OR strapping complex liens to your property to save on the costs.  California is becoming more and more toxic by the day.  I've got a great position with a great company, but renting looks more and more like a win for me.

May 11, 2018 09:19 AM
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

Ah, I love seeing the law of unintentional consequences at work...let's just see how this plays out.  

May 11, 2018 07:06 AM
David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct

Big Brother dictating, be cheaper if the state built large solar farms, so expensive putting on individual homes.

May 11, 2018 05:17 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Candice A. Donofrio nailed this one!

May 11, 2018 05:12 AM
Steven Nickens
Wailea Realty - Wailea, HI
R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii

I know that in Hawaii if I was to buy a system for $25,000 I wouldn't recover my investment in 10 years.

May 10, 2018 09:00 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

The oil companies are the power in Oklahoma so I don't think so. The only reason we are n umber two in wind power is the oil companies are investede.

May 10, 2018 05:55 PM
Dan Tabit
Keller Williams Bellevue - Sammamish, WA

I would rather see incentives for buyers & builders to choose to do this than making it mandatory.  I hope it accomplishes the intended purpose, but I suspect there will be surprise unintended consequences too. 

May 10, 2018 05:18 PM
John Henry, Florida Architect
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

From a save the planet viewpoint, it would behoove local or national government to push solar, especially in southern states where it seems there should be no excuse to use panels.  Germany is one of the highest per capita users of solar.  Check out their longitude on a globe compared to the U.S. to be surprised.  Even a northern country can use solar!  Of course mandating solar use without any tax credits seems a bit oppressive.  We have a throwaway consumer mentality to boot.  Our houses are made of tiny sticks stapled together and glued (simplification).  Houses in the Old World were built of stone completely or brick with rubble infill.  They were built to last for generations.  We also have a mobile society.  Jobs change fast and investing in solar on a new home that may only be occupied for three to five years does not generate the payback in time.

Like electric cars which have been promised for many years, solar panel costs have been also estimated to become reasonable but in both cases this has not been so.  

One of the best things to do to keep heat (in the south) from creating high cooling bills is to install the highest R insulation you can.  It is cheaper than any solar installation and you get immediate results including raising the life of your AC unit.  Check out Icynene and its green counterpart.  I think before solar is mandated, proper high R value insulation should come first... and be required on older houses, not only newer ones.  You might guess that utility companies are there to block either of these suggestions....

May 10, 2018 04:00 PM
Allie Angeloni
Long Realty - Oro Valley, AZ

Now is this leased solar or purchased solar, as there can be issues with leased Caroline Gerardo, that I have seen here in AZ.   

May 10, 2018 03:33 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Caroline Gerardo after a few years we will know the impact.

May 10, 2018 02:24 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

This requirement will not kick in for two years. The cost of a new construction home will include the cost of the solar. Solar will not be an option like up-grade counter tops. The financing is for the cost of the home, not the solar so re-sale will not be an issue as came occur now with solar that if financed in addition to a home mortgage. Home buyers will look at the cost of a new home…not think about what solar has done to the cost…and decide whether they can afford to buy or not. The price difference between a new home now and in two years will be affected by more aspects than the addition of solar.

May 10, 2018 02:13 PM
Corey Vandenberg
Success Mortgage Partners - Lafayette, IN
More home mortgage loan options!

I believe one comment mentioned the long term environmental effect, well here is a long term resell effect:
Imagine 3 years afterward and the buyer needs to find a qualified inspector to make sure the system he is paying big bucks extra for actually works. Think used hot tub, older it is, worse it’s Value (or ever have a space style TV satellite dish in the back yard?). I can see the inspectors are trying to get up to speed on solar quickly in order to be ready for the wave of resale’s in a couple Years. With technology ever changing, I can see the “old models” (last year) being worth less than this years and next years will be even more efficient.

May 17, 2018 04:38 AM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

As Candice A. Donofrio wrote. We are poised to help those wishing to move out of Cali to Florida and have enjoyed the business from many new clients doing just that!

May 13, 2018 08:38 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

The cost numbers I saw were lower. I think it's a great LONG TERM solution.

May 11, 2018 11:56 AM
Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Santa Clarita & Aliso Viejo

I think you have put the cost much higher than I have heard.  It is a great idea.  The cost will be a part of all homes being built and the market will adjust.  It is going to hurt those under contract since there will be new technology that makes existing plans obsolete.

May 11, 2018 11:55 AM
Jordan Ayan
The Lifestyle Collection - Scottsdale, AZ
Luxury Market Expert, CLHMS,Million Dollar Guild

Solar is a great choice. When it is. I longer a  choice it is government over reach.  One reason we no longer live in CA 

May 11, 2018 06:50 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

It is a great idea in theory, but CA is doing a great job at driving their population out of CA. 

May 11, 2018 06:37 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

A big price today for savings that will most likely benefit a future owner of the property!

May 11, 2018 05:40 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I have not had the time to study this.  Off the top of my head, the intentions are good, but it may be a bit heavy-handed.

May 11, 2018 05:35 AM
Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

For lack of a better response:  UGH!

May 11, 2018 05:29 AM
Doug Dawes
KW Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

I think this is a crazy idea. More government overreach

May 11, 2018 05:15 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I don't think this is something that should be required/regulated. It should be an option.

May 11, 2018 04:44 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

No idea

May 11, 2018 04:05 AM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

You're going to need a lot of kilowatt hours saved to see that return some of your initial investment. Has it been calculated into the law for consumers?

May 11, 2018 02:04 AM
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

I don't like mandates. Never have. However if CA wants to encourage Solar why not have tax incentives or rebates on new Construction.

Up here we are into energy efficiency in homes and businesses. Our state has Alaska Housing Finance  Corp they offer low interest rates on loans for energy efficient homes new construction  and a program for existing homes  to be rebated for energy efficient upgrades 

rebates for 5 Star plus were given for years just lately stopped 

Weatherization programs to help income driven upgrades for energy efficient homes.

there are ways States can help people use new methods to heat or cool that dont involve mandates


May 11, 2018 01:02 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Caroline Gerardo - now that is something I don't like (and I know I can't do anything about it!)

May 10, 2018 10:27 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Love the solar, hate the regulation.

May 10, 2018 09:22 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I think it is too much regulation. And it's not just a simple matter of putting solar on homes and we don't have to worry any further...there are so many other issues to consider.

May 10, 2018 09:03 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

When I was in California, I saw very little new construction. Maybe this is one of the reasons why.

May 10, 2018 08:23 PM
Jerry Thomas-Construction Loans
Cranbrook Loans - Farmington Hills, MI
Construction Loans in MI, OH, VA, GA and FL.

I think the government in Cali wants people to move to another state.

May 10, 2018 07:13 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

That should be a deterrant to byilding new

May 10, 2018 05:31 PM
Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL 305-931-6931

Saves energy, too much to invest, can it be financed?

Nov 10, 2018 02:57 PM
Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent

Won't be better to have solar in each house? 

Nov 10, 2018 11:46 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I am not sure that they can make you do it.

May 14, 2018 05:04 PM
Evelyn M Epperson
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Johns Creek, GA
A Tradition Of [Excellence, Trust & Service]

Sounds like Government gone wild with stupid ideas!!!

May 14, 2018 07:03 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I think this should be a homeowner decision, not a regulation.    We went through this phase years ago.

May 14, 2018 06:22 AM