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More on Carbon Credits and Real Estate prices

Carbon credits have been creating a buzz in the real estate industry, and it's not just because they help combat climate change. Property owners are now starting to realize that they can monetize their land by generating carbon credits, leading to an increase in property values. Bob Waun, owner of DIRT Realty and a former banker, has been closely following this trend and believes that carbon credits have the potential to revolutionize property values.

Carbon credits are tradable permits that companies purchase to offset their carbon emissions. The credits are generated by landowners who adopt sustainable land-use practices such as reforestation, conservation, and regenerative agriculture. Each credit represents one metric ton of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) that has been avoided, reduced, or removed from the atmosphere. These credits can be bought and sold on carbon markets, creating a new revenue stream for landowners.

One way carbon credits can increase property values is by increasing net operating income (NOI). NOI is the amount of money a property generates after subtracting operating expenses from revenue. By generating carbon credits, landowners can add a new source of revenue to their property, which increases NOI. This, in turn, increases the property's value.

For example, let's say a property generates $100,000 in revenue and has $50,000 in operating expenses, resulting in an NOI of $50,000. If the landowner can generate an additional $10,000 in revenue from carbon credits, the NOI would increase to $60,000, resulting in a higher property value.

Carbon credits can also affect property values by impacting cap rates. A cap rate is the ratio of NOI to the property's value. In other words, it's the rate of return an investor would receive if they bought the property with cash. A higher cap rate means a higher return on investment.

By increasing NOI through carbon credits, landowners can potentially lower their cap rates, making the property more attractive to investors. This can lead to an increase in property value.

One example of how carbon credits can increase property values is the California-based company TerraPass. TerraPass provides carbon offset solutions to individuals and businesses, including purchasing carbon credits generated by landowners. One of their projects involves a reforestation project in Humboldt County, California. The landowner is able to generate carbon credits by sequestering carbon in the trees they plant. By monetizing these credits, the landowner has increased the property's value by $2,400 per acre.

Another example is the Texas-based company Ecosystem Marketplace. Ecosystem Marketplace operates a carbon offset program that allows landowners to earn credits for sustainable land-use practices such as conservation and reforestation. One landowner was able to earn $200,000 in carbon credits by participating in the program, leading to a significant increase in property value.

Bob Waun, owner of DIRT Realty, sees the potential for carbon credits to revolutionize property values. He notes that "carbon credits can create new revenue streams for landowners, leading to an increase in NOI and potentially lowering cap rates. This, in turn, can lead to a higher property value."

In conclusion, carbon credits have the potential to significantly impact property values by increasing NOI and potentially lowering cap rates. Landowners who adopt sustainable land-use practices can earn carbon credits, creating a new revenue stream and increasing the value of their property. Companies such as TerraPass and Ecosystem Marketplace provide examples of how carbon credits have increased property values. As Bob Waun suggests, carbon credits have the potential to revolutionize the real estate industry.


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