Pearl GOLD Achieved!

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After hearing about the Pearl Certication a week ago, I decided to go for it and get my home certified. No, I didn't "Go for the Gold" as I had no idea what energy efficient upgrades would be allotted points. So, I contacted them in blind faith that after all my hard work, my home would achieve at least a silver certification.

 

Receiving the call yesterday that my home earned the GOLD Certification, well let's just say I was excited to say the least! You see, my home is a teaching tool that is included in my slide deck in my classes for realtors, appraisers, BPI contractors, and anyone who wants to learn about ways to lower their energy bills and how to sell those homes for more money.

It all started by renting out my 2007 home and buying this 1979 "jewel." I say that a bit sarcastically as it was quite the original, desperately in need of a make-over. The improvements since 1989 had been a new roof, new windows and doors, new security door and a new garage door. But that's about it. Maybe a dishwasher but I wasn't planning on keeping that anyway!

After about a 90% remodel (kept the guest room shower), I added a 16 SEER Trane, Aerosealed the ducts, LED's, Energy Star appliances, WaterSense® faucets, dual flush toilets, new ceiling fans and lighting, all new wood tile throughout, sun screens on west facing windows, and including my Energy Star TV's, computer and printer (I work from home.)

 

That was in 2015. Now that the Pearl Certification is available in Arizona, I decided to give it a shot. (Thank you Sandy Adomatis for that information). 

 

Also note that there are no solar panels included with the home, so I might have earned platinum ! 

 

Earning the Pearl Certification has added another layover of ownership for me. It's been proven, and now I can attest, that owning a certified energy efficient home adds a level of pride of ownership. 

 

Before this certification, I had considered renting out this home and starting another project. Now, I'm not sure I'll do that as I'm attached to the fact I have year round energy bills of $77 a month, the home is Pearl Gold, and is worth more money!

 

Thanks to the folks at Pearl for helping me to go GOLD! Adding this type of service and information for my clients has been rewarding in countless ways. Feel free to contact me to learn ways to lower your energy bills and to earn this certification, which will help achieve more value when you sell! 

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Anna Banana Kruchten Broker, CRB, CRS
HomeSmart International - Phoenix, AZ
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Jan that is awsome!  You worked hard on your house to get it to the green space of excellance - and at 77 a month I wouldn't be moving anytime soon! Just start another project and up the game on that one. Plus where you live is such an ideal location!!

Aug 01, 2018 12:12 PM #3
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Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Thanks Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886 !  It's hard to argue with no HOA bill, low water bill and $77 a month!  I can't live in a condo at these prices!  We'll see what I end up doing.  I'd rather work on the tiny home project for now vs. buying another house!  It is ideal, as you can know, mid Phoenix rocks! 

Aug 01, 2018 12:18 PM #4
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
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IHi Jan Green - Congratulations on your home's certification.  You walk the talk and that demonstrates your level of commitment. This helps the skeptics stand up and take notice. You are changing minds and homes one project and teaching one class at a time. You are making a difference. Kudos!

Aug 01, 2018 12:57 PM #5
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Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Thank you Sheri Sperry - MCNE® !  The really cool thing is - look at the partners!  NAR, DOE, BPI, EnergyStar, AI & Efficiency First.  Credible sources of backing that stand behind this certification. I'm very happy that I got this bit if wisdom from Sandy and made the time, effort & $!   Thank you for your support!

Aug 01, 2018 01:03 PM #6
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Congratulations Jan Green . I've been working on some of the smaller things like going to all LED lighting in my home. I did a lot in 2012 when I rebuilt my home after the flood so I'm miles ahead of where it was when I purchased the home in 2002 but I know I can still make many more improvements.

Aug 01, 2018 02:09 PM #7
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Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Thanks for stopping by and reading my post Bob "RealMan" Timm !  I checked the national site for incentives and rebates and you have quite a few!   You have a energy efficient mortgage programs wherein you can add energy efficiency features into your mortgage. Of course the devil is in the details on this one and you need an experienced lender to work on this for you.  Also depends on what your current interest rate is and is it worth adding improvements into your mortgage, but this is one way to buy products sooner rather than later and enjoy immediate energy savings.  Good luck with your home improvements! 

Aug 01, 2018 02:24 PM #8
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Hi Jan Green you do both walk the walk and talk the talk..... you're the photo of success with going green..... 

Aug 01, 2018 03:29 PM #9
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Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Thank you Barbara Todaro !  Their certification is a great way to 3rd party certify upgrades and add value when you sell :)  Thank you for commenting!

Aug 01, 2018 03:33 PM #10
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

thank you for sharing all of this information about green living.... Jan Green 

Aug 01, 2018 03:36 PM #11
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Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Thank you for reading  Barbara Todaro ! 

Aug 01, 2018 04:28 PM #12
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Jan, congratulations on the Gold Status, now as to getting the remodel done kudos to you.... just to get contractors to give you a price quote is a challenge not alone have them do a good job...good for you, Endre

Aug 01, 2018 06:16 PM #13
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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Jan,
I love how committed you are to energy efficiency and walk your talk.  Using your home as a teaching tool is perfect!  Congratulations on the certification.

Aug 02, 2018 04:08 PM #14
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Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Thank you Carol Williams !  And the really cool thing is that the same marketing company contacted me and I may be in Phoenix Home & Garden!  Yikes!  Gotta replace my door knobs and add the lighting I've been waiting on!  To be continued!

Aug 02, 2018 05:04 PM #15
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Jan Green - I'm thrilled for you! All your hard work, faith, and belief in yourself has come true. They say, the proof is the pudding. In this case, it's in the Gold Certification! Good things are coming your way. To think you may be in Phoenix Home & Garden is such an honor! You are incredible!

People have their eyes on you and you are a golden star!!! Congratulations! You're simply brilliant! 

Aug 02, 2018 06:36 PM #16
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Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Congratulations on the certification of your 1979 energy efficient home! I saw your reference to Pearl in an earlier article, but wasn't sure what it meant. There is a program in Mississippi that is helping with energy efficiency, but we have a long way to go to catch up with your market.

Aug 02, 2018 07:04 PM #17
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
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I learned something today about GOLD. I know about LEED and how hard that is to get but had not heard of GOLD in my area. Congrats Jan.

Aug 02, 2018 08:34 PM #18
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Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Patricia Feager  you are a doll for stopping by to read this post.  It's been a labor of love with this house. I was kind of frustrated because I can't do my lansdcaping project in this heat, let alone paint the outside.  So it was kinda cool that they certified it without those items!  Thank you!

Aug 03, 2018 11:11 AM #19
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Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Thank you for commenting Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty !  Pearl is making it's way across the US - check out their site!  When I noticed that they partner with reputable 3rd parties, I was all in!  You can do this type of work, too and set an example!

Aug 03, 2018 11:13 AM #20
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Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Debbie Reynolds !  Thank you for stopping by LEED and PEARL both have different levels of energy efficiency based on a points based system.  Each have Silver, Gold and Platinum, but LEED offers a base "certified" level.  PEARL is more like EnergyStar, except they don't include water in their points.  I have WaterSense faucets, dual flush toilets, shower heads that shut off when they get warm, water saving washing machine, but those items weren't included in my GOLD certification.  I was happy to achieve GOLD as Silver is the lowest level.  I'd probably need solar to achieve Platinum and I'm not going to go that far.  The ROI would take another 7 years.  It's worth a thought to see what size of a system I'd need for an average bill of $77.  The first $21 is fees and our power company just eliminated net metering so you don't want to over-produce on your power, wasted panels and money if you do.  Thanks for stopping by.  Since you're a GC, you have more of an eye for this stuff!

Aug 03, 2018 11:17 AM #21
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Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
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Congratulations Jan Green way to go...well earned and well deserved certification!

Aug 03, 2018 07:58 PM #22
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