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RESNET Executive Director Steve Baden Guests on Freddie Mac Podcast

May 7, 2021



RESNET Executive Director Steve Baden will be the special guest on the “Making the GreenCHOICE to Drive Home Affordability” episode of the Freddie Mac Single-Family Home Starts Here podcast.

Reducing home utility costs places families in a better financial situation and helps preserve home affordability over time. Since the first Earth Day in 1970, changes in building codes have made homes much more efficient, cutting energy use by 47 percent, but lack of energy efficiency can still be the highest cost of homeownership outside of the mortgage loan. In this episode, we discuss tools that give lenders and appraisers the ability to rate the energy performance of homes and how to affordably reduce costs through energy efficiency upgrades.

On the Freddie Mac podcast, we’ll learn more about how lenders can assist consumers in making simple, budget-friendly sustainable home upgrades. The podcast will feature Simone Beaty, Affordable Lending Senior Director in Freddie Mac Single-Family and special guest Steve Baden, the Executive Director at RESNET.

The podcast covers:
• The importance of HERS® Ratings and energy audits to lenders and consumers
• The new Freddie Mac GreenChoice energy mortgage product for single-family homes
• The study by Freddie Mac that found HERS® Rated Homes had a higher sales price and better loan performance.

The Freddie Mac Single-Family Freddie Mac Home Starts Here podcast provides an opportunity to boost thought leadership, raise awareness and engage industry influencers. It is designed as a front-row seat to all the latest industry trends, insights, and points of view on the mortgage market.

To plug into the episode, go to Making the GreenCHOICE to Drive Home Affordability