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Why do some Realtors discourage solar panels? It’s complicated.

But some agents say their colleagues could do a better job of explaining the benefits

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There are federal tax credits for homeowners who install solar panels and they often significantly reduce electric bills. So why do some real estate agents prefer to list a house that doesn’t have them?

The industry experts we consulted say there are a number of reasons. Most agreed, however, that the typical agent views a home with solar panels as a more complicated listing. That’s because the person selling the home may still be financing the panels and their installat...

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