What Would You Want to Learn?

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What Would You Want to Learn?

I've been challenged with an interesting proposition. Volunteer with USGBCAfter having completed probably my 8th panel discussion as a Volunteer with the US Green Building Council, Residential Green Building Committee, I've been asked to be an instructor by the Arizona School of Real Estate & Business.  My volunteer position includes putting together events, which has been great fun.  But being an instructor is an entirely different ballgame. 

The events I've completed included creating a panel discussion with an appraiser, lender, energy auditor and realtor about how to gain more value for your home at the point of sale; green home tours; appraiser educational events; and realtor expo trade shows.

asrebBeing an instructor means putting together content that would be inviting for a realtor to want to attend.  Content needs to be engaging and interesting, Since this involves my niche, the content would revolve around homes with green, energy efficient and sustainable features.

If you received an invitation to an event that included 3 hours of Disclosures credits, what would you want to learn?  What would entice you to attend?  What is your burning question on this topic?



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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Jan...I'd attend every session if the material covered new construction methods and the materials used that are sustainable....detailed information on engineered wood...cementitious siding....pluses and negatives....structural advantages....deflection of dimensional vs engineered floor joists....why engineered wood components make a difference....

Jun 02, 2014 09:50 PM #11
Mike Cooper, GRI
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

Congratulations, Jan. That sounds like a great honor. I'll have to think about things to cover. 

Jun 02, 2014 10:08 PM #12
Ed & Tracy Oliva
West USA Realty - Arizona - Fountain Hills, AZ
The Oliva Team Arizona Agents

Good Morning and congrats on this!! keep up the good work and good luck with you business and your adventure.  E


Jun 02, 2014 10:08 PM #13
Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
West USA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations

Wow Jane. That's great! You may just become my favorite instructor! I may not be the best student....

Jun 02, 2014 10:14 PM #14
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Jan, since "Green" can mean a lot of things, I would be interested in learning about what makes up a green property. I would also be interested in what makes up the different categories of LEED certification.

Jun 02, 2014 10:40 PM #15
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

Since Green is your niche, I would reach out to Cathy Bureau, here on ActiveRain.

Jun 02, 2014 10:51 PM #16
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Jan, congratulations and being asked to be an instructor is quite the compliment!    I think the public mostly wants to know the value they will see in GREEN versus another home.

Jun 02, 2014 10:53 PM #17
Juli Vosmik
Dominion Fine Properties - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739

Jan, I  have to agree with a lot of these suggestions - what's the cost and what's the end value or long term value.  While it's great to say we want to be green,  it still needs to make cents, not just sense.  For instance, if it's going to cost $30,000 for solar panels, what is the long term ROI and recoup rate?  10 years?  15 years?  Then, maybe the cost of replacing windows, insulation, etc.  And, finally, what's the resale value down the road?  For some people, it's all about the bottom line.  

Jun 02, 2014 11:43 PM #18
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

She has the poise and the desire...expect great things to become of this...best to you

Jun 03, 2014 12:23 AM #19
Adrian Willanger
206 909-7536 AdrianWillanger-broker.com - Seattle, WA
Profit from my two decades of experience

Hi Jan, I think green building makes just too much sense not to do. I guess I'm always interested in the value proposition and the indoor living environment of green built homes. Well done  keep us updated. 

Jun 03, 2014 12:38 AM #20
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

Green on Green . . . that is great Jan.  My question would be what can I do with the non-green home to make it more so, without breaking the bank?

Jun 03, 2014 02:24 AM #21
Ann Zieve
Keller Williams Success Realty - Eden, UT
Unmatched Ownership Experience

Congratulations Jan.  Good luck on your endeavor and I'm sure they will learn a lot from you!

Jun 03, 2014 06:12 AM #22
Janelle Ancillotti
Seneca Home Staging - Syracuse, NY
HSR Certified Home Stager, Syracuse, NY

Hello Jan, and congrats on your new mission, should you choose to accept it. The questions I would want answered would focus on price, affordability, and availability. Good luck!

Jun 03, 2014 06:23 AM #23
Bruce Kunz
C21 Solid Gold Realty, Brick, NJ, 732-920-2100 - Howell, NJ
REALTOR®, Brick & Howell NJ Homes for Sale

Congratulations, Jan!  Since you've been asked to do this, I'm thinking you already have a good idea what interests people in your area (or they wouldn't have asked).

As others have mentioned, I think I'd be interested in how older & "non-green" homes could become greener and would it make more sense to try to do it before listing, or sell it as do-able by the next owner should they wish to ( or some combination of that). For example: Solar panels can be nice but can be a problem during a sale due to payment agreements.
Good Luck & Thanks for sharing!


Jun 03, 2014 06:35 AM #24
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

Jan that is awesome! You are going to be a fabulous instructor! And yes I'll be in your class as I enjoyed the one last week and look forward to more good informative and very helpful green stuff. BTW at a broker conference today one of the trending issues is solar panels that are leased and agents didn't know they were because they didn't know enough to ask the seller (you can imagine the problems this would cause). This is very needed info in our state and you are the perfect person to take it on!

Jun 03, 2014 09:30 AM #25
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

We still have a challenge that appraisers are not on board with green.. Also, folks seem more interested in hardwood floor, stainless steel and lots of updates rather than green. Any suggestions?

Jun 03, 2014 11:49 AM #26
Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities
Charlemagne International Properties - Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A.

I'd like to know how the pre-fab homes compare to custom built when it comes to green features.

Jun 04, 2014 09:06 AM #27
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Tom - So interesting enough to attend;

Kathy - You nailed it!  

Laura - Philosophy, as in green?  Thanks!

Roger - I bet!  A can of worms for sure.

Chris, Sheila, Joan   - So cost of traditional homes vs. green, good idea!

Bob, Mike, Ed & Tracy, Richard, Richie, Ann  - Thanks! And thanks for stopping by!

Barbara - Traditional vs. green/sustainable products.  Great!

Michael - Good points.  For a complete library, visit usgbcaz.org, click on the Residential Tab, and you'll see the Green Library listed point by point for LEED constructed.

Jill - Yup - Cathy is an awesome green agent!

Juli, Carla - I hear you, which is why it pays to first have an Energy Audit performed so that you know the least expenses first.  Solar is the last item to purchase due to the ROI.

Adrian - Indoor air quality and buying products from sustainable sources! 

Janelle - A loaded answer for sure.  Scarcity of resources of sustainable products.  Great!

Bruce - Great ideas!  Solar will be a main topic for the 9/11 course.  Just spoke with Sun Run Solar tonight and they have agreed to participate with me.  Woo hoo!

Anna - Thank you!  I so appreciate your attendance and feedback. Solar will be a big part of what I do!  

Joan - Yes, appraisals are a challenge.  Knowing the steps it takes to sell a home with these features is part of what I will be teaching at each course.  It's not rocket science but there are some key elements that most of the public doesn't know exist. 

Norma - Great point!  There are homes that are put together onsite from pre-fab panels that are made at other locations.  These panels are already geared to be green, but it depends on the construction at the site, if it's done properly.  Great guest speaker in mind, thanks for the suggestion!


Jun 04, 2014 01:15 PM #28
Bill Reddington
Re/max Southern Realty - Destin, FL
Destin Florida Real Estate

Congratulations. I have thoughts about doing some green around my house. Maybe this year slow but sure.

Jun 05, 2014 10:00 AM #29
Frank Iglesias
Working With Houses, LLC - Atlanta Real Estate Investments - Lawrenceville, GA
Atlanta, GA Real Estate Investor


Good luck, Jan!

Jun 05, 2014 01:30 PM #30
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