Become your “go to” Local Green NAR Realtor.
Municipalities and States are adopting new building and energy codes that take advantage of the building science and technology advancements in today’s world. No matter what your role is in real estate transaction, an NAR Green Designee can help you distinguish fact from fiction and make education decisions about: green materials, energy-efficient technology, green ratings, green design, sustainable living, incentives and more!
Once you have your NAR Green Designee here are some tips on how to become your local “go to” expert for green real estate and a sustainable healthy lifestyle.
~ Start a Green Website/Blog that provides links, promotes local business and organizations.
Provide valuable information and links for free. Write articles and get other green experts to write articles for your Blog and have them point back to their website, a win win for all. Architects, green mortgage brokers, sustainable lifestyles, interior designers, green services … home cleaners, landscaper…..
FREE blogging site Wordpress.com comes with templates, easy to use, will pop up on a Google search.
To get an idea take a look at SnappyGreen.com …. To help ease the burden you can join forces with other NAR Green designees in nearby towns that do not conflict with your SOI.
Articles only need to be 2, 3, 4 paragraphs with links. Make it a quick read and if the reader is interested you provide the link so they can get more information
Nothing to write about…..
~ Get involved with your local green building councils.
Many of these green organizations promote tours of green homes and buildings, education seminars and networking events.
United State Green Building Council ~ find your chapter
National Association of Home Builders ~ contact your local “Certified Green Professional”, CGP builder.
http://www.builtgreen.net/ Washington State Green Build Association
Many of the local building suppliers offer green continuing educational seminars, a great way to learn what new products are out there as well as meeting local builders.
~ Such as our local building supplier sponsors many green educational events (Ring’s End Lumber)
~ JLC Live Residential show is a construction trade show but well worth going to one. Every year more and more green products are being introduced along with educational seminars.
~ Many of the LEED Homes and Green Homes offer tours either through local chapters or organizations such as http://www.pace-cleanenergy.org/ in Connecticut. Google “LEED Homes tours (your state)” to find local tours, if you missed it contact them to see if they are planning more. Many of the green homes have their own websites; you can contact the owners directly, for example. http://schallerecohome.blogspot.com/
~ Participate in local Organizations, local trade shows and events.
Greendrinks.org ~ once a month local people who work in the environmental field meet up. *Note for up to date information you need to click on their local webpage link or Facebook page.
LiveGreenCt.com ~ a local 2 day event to promote a healthy sustainable lifestyle in Connecticut, 3 years running.
Greentowns.com ~ a network of over 15,000 green communities, start a green initiative, find local green experts, Greenopia ratings and reviews of companies.
~ Simple green advertisement idea’s
Recycled Paper Green placemats at your local diner with tips and links.
Reusable shopping bag with your infor on it
Pen’s made out of recycled materials with your website on it
~ Lead by example.
Easy to do, great to show, lots to talk about.
Create a garden with local plants that require less watering, pesticides, fertilizer…. Be extreme get a bee hive.
DIY projects, energy efficient bulbs, low flow water fixtures, low VOC paints, multiple recycles, composting, go paperless newspapers magazines catalogs
Great website to get idea’s, how to tips and links http://www.practicallygreen.com/
~ Links & Article Examples
Here are green links I provide on my website and local green news blog.
Articles Samples. Remember all articles have copy right and you must credit the author and provide links back to the original OR write your own article.
David Popoff is a Connecticut license real estate agent in lower Fairfield County and is a designated “Green” Realtor at William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty in Darien, Ct.