‘Green’ homes come in many shades

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Editor's note: Tara-Nicholle Nelson will lead a free webinar from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m PDT (1 p.m. to 2 p.m. EDT) on Thursday, Oct. 8: "Three Low-Cost Ways to Make More Money by Connecting with Women Real Estate Consumers." Women make or influence an estimated 91 percent of real estate decisions, and they think about, shop for and buy homes differently than men. Click here to register and find out more about real estate's gender factor. I'm always fascinated by how new words -- or new, off-label definitions for old words -- permeate the popular lexicon. If you called an object "green" five years ago, the average listener would have thought you were referring to its hue.These days, the label of "green" implies something comprised of sustainable or recycled materials, something energy efficient or an object that otherwise empowers its user to live in a manner that is environmentally friendly and promotes well living. When it comes to what homebuyers wa...