SOURCE: MIRZO International, Inc

March 05, 2007 12:28 ET

"Green House Effect" Can Boost Sales Price for Home Sellers

Exclusive Sustainable Makeovers by Green For Life® Can Increase Property Value Up to 25% While Benefiting the Environment

BEVERLY HILLS, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 5, 2007 -- In the current buyer's housing market, home sellers need every advantage they can get to make their properties stand out from the crowd. Silva Mirzoian, Developer and Founder of the Beverly Hills full-service real estate company, MIRZO International, Inc, through its Green For Life® division, is helping sellers show their homes in the best possible light to command premium offers in this slow market -- while simultaneously doing good for the planet -- with their "Green Styling for $elling" makeover program.

As a general contractor and lifestyle developer since 1992, Mirzoian has overseen many housing renovations & developments, many of them utilizing green products and principles. Currently, her team is the first to be developing two new sustainable estate projects, one in Bel-Air and the other in Beverly Hills.

A recent study of U.S. homebuilders* indicates that, nationwide, over 80% of home seekers prefer to purchase homes that incorporate sustainable or energy-efficient features. Of those buyers, half are willing to pay 11-25% more for environmentally friendly homes. In health-conscious Los Angeles, those numbers may be even higher. Sellers who use Green For Life's services before listing their properties are likely to see faster sales or leases and higher offers from eco-conscious buyers.

"Many of our buyers specifically request to see green homes," says Silva Mirzoian, "yet there are not enough properties in the market inventory to satisfy the demand.

"Traditionally, home sellers have often called upon us to provide them our 'Styling for $elling' service, where we provided so-called 'fluffing' services to prepare a home for sale by making quick cosmetic changes such as new carpet, fresh paint and upgraded lighting fixtures. I decided last year, to take corporate responsibility towards improving the environment, while benefiting the community by launching 'Green Styling for $elling.' This approach goes far beyond these conventional techniques by incorporating a variety of sustainable practices and products, such as low-VOC paints, air duct cleaning and popular bamboo flooring that can improve indoor air quality and save energy.

"This program creates a win-win-win situation for buyers, sellers and the planet. Through our unique 'Green Styling for $elling' program, we prepare homes for sale and enhance their potential purchase price using environmentally friendly products and techniques. We can also stage properties for sale with Eco-friendly elegant furniture. To my knowledge, we are the only firm doing this."

"These eco-upgrades add much to the comfort, elegance and livability of a home, yet are also very affordable," says Mirzoian. "Most importantly, they can really make a positive impact on the occupants' health and the environment." Mirzoian cites building industry studies that show:

--  Construction and maintenance of buildings are responsible for 40% of
    U.S. energy use and 20% of wood and raw materials use.
    
--  Buildings are a main contributor to global warming by generating 30%
    of U.S. CO2 emissions - the most significant climate change gas.
    
--  The air we breathe in our own homes can be 6-10 times more toxic than
    the air outside.
    
"Given the increasing awareness of the dangers of global warning, especially with the popularity and Academy Award® for Al Gore's important film, 'An Inconvenient Truth,' I believe most of us are conscious about wanting to make a difference," says Mirzoian. "But people get overwhelmed by this process...that's why Green For Life is here as a resource to teach people to do it one step at a time. It is no longer about 'Do It Yourself' but let's 'Do It Together.'

"Each of us can take small steps towards improving our lifestyle and helping the environment at the same time, without sacrificing style, elegance or comfort. Green For Life grew out of my vision to educate, inspire and empower the community, while turning Westside L.A. neighborhoods green, one house at a time."

MIRZO International, Inc is a member of United States Green Building Council and percentage of its gross sales is donated towards children education program and safe housing, www.passionsdreams.org. Interested home sellers and their agents who want to boost the sales prices and reduce the environmental footprint of their properties can learn more about this innovative program by visiting www.Mirzo.com, emailing smirzo@mirzo.com or calling 310-273-3766.

* Source: Green Builder Media/IMRE Communications

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    Silva Mirzoian
    MIRZO International, Inc.
    310-273-3766
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