Lenders, realtors, and appraisers are stepping up the fight against a particular way of financing the retrofitting of homes to make them more energy efficient.

Last month, the Federal Housing Administration, part of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, said it would insure mortgages on homes encumbered by Property Assessed Clean Energy liens, which are funded by local governments and repaid via annual assessments on owners’ property tax bills. The Department of Veterans Affairs followed suit.

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