2019 - Year of Progress!

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Happy New Year! 

 

The real estate market seems to have a mind of it's own.  Most of us are experiencing the same things, but we might be approaching it differently.  My magic sauce is my niche that sets me apart.  Offering energy tidbits to clients and how they effect a home has helped me gain clients when I'm in competition. I've used the same strategy but have also kicked it up a notich from 2018. 

 

This past year brought lots of growth both in the classes that I teach, expanding into a Public Benefit Corporation, events with the newly created Sustainability Committee at the Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS and volunteer efforts with the US Green Building Council.  As a full time residential real estate agent in Scottsdale, these extra endeavors are HUGELY rewarding given my sustainable niche in real estate.

 

The class that I created 9 years ago used to be a multi-speaker panel class.  Panelists were a lender, appraiser, energy auditor, myself and sometimes a utility company representative. 

The entire class focused on why and how to add energy efficient features to your home, how to pay for it, how to get value for it, and updates on utility rate plans.  

 

The class evolved in 2019 to include one master educator partner, Daran Wastchak, versus the other partners.  Daran brought sponsorships by both APS & SRP our utility companies, builders, energy auditing companies, Pearl Certification, title companies and home warranty companies.  The classes have been very successful, providing building science knowledge as well as marketing, selling and getting value for energy efficient features.  We're currently working on a new class to educate new-build agents on how to understand and sell these high performance homes.  In a large market like Phoenix and with incoming new agents, it seems we'll never run out of attendees to teach this valuable knowledge.

 

The name of the class title changed from "Knowledge is EmPOWERing"  to "The Fifth Element of Home Ownership."

 

Now to me POWER means electricity, but not everyone thinks that way.  A lof of us would immediately think, "Yeah, knowledge is power - duh!" 

Daran Wastchak  - The Fifth Element of Home Ownership

 

So the class title was changed this past year to "The Fifth Element of Home Ownership."  Most everyone knows homeownership to be Principal + Interest + Taxes + Insurance,  covering the cost of owning a home.  (P + I + T + I)  But as we all know, utility bills can be as much as a car payment both average and luxury models, depending on the house.  

So the Fifth Element of Home Owership is utility bills, P + I + T + I + U !

 

In late 2018 and early 2019,  was selected to be part of a team, grant recipients,  of an Edwards Mother Earth Foundation grant to replicate a tiny home project.  The group has expanded into a Public Benefit Corporation in 2019, "Sustainability Advisors."  Our group hosted an event 11/6/19 sponsored by Arizona State University.  It was exciting to have three ASU Sustainability graduates working on this event with us. Bright young minds are amazing! 

Size Matters: Advancing Small Scale Development

 

 

 

This event included different speaker panels and included information about sustainable building, small scale development, how to navigate the public policy world and construction methods. 

It was exciting and also disheartening to hear Dr. Astrid Caldas, Senior Scients, Climate & Energy Program, Union of Concerned Scientists.   

 Presentations by Austin Trautman, Vali Homes touched on double wall construction and managing humidity in our homes.   His examples clearly showed the differences in construction practices and energy efficiency, air quality humidity levels.

David Crummey, Real Estate Developer for Newtown, gave highlights of the upcoming Tempe Micro Estates project.   We have been closing following this project and a couple of team members are integrally involved.  Watch for them to break ground Q1 2020 on 13 micro-estate homes zoned single family wth a community building near ASU!

 

I'm very proud of this event!  The room was filled and it was exciting to see familiar faces!

 

My continued involvement as a Director for the Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS has been very rewarding having created the first Sustainability Committee at a Real Estate Assocation in Maricopa County. 

 

The Sustainability Committee accomplished great things in 2019.  Advancing our home tours with sustainable efforts, Earth Friendly Expos, partnering with the Keep Scottsdale Beautiful recycling event, the Water Summit held at the Scottsdale Water Campus, and continued work on a Sustainable Advisory for the public.  I'm honored to see their work! 

 

And lastly, volunteering for the US Green Building Council has been an ongoing effort since 2009.  In 2019 I began another volunteer project, initiating another 2 day appraiser course event.  I'm almost finished raising funds to produce a course (I'm not teaching) for appraisers in Flagstaff, Arizona. 

 

Creating this appraiser education event was derived due to a phone call from a Prescott, Arizona builder last fall.  He complained to me that he wasn't receiving value for extra features in his new-build homes on appraisals and could I help.  His homes are more energy efficient and built to the current building code. Other similar homes included in the appraisal either aren't built to the current code or don't have the same features.   He had heard me speak in 2018 at a Xero Energy Expo and thought to call seeking guidance.   So I asked him, "Do you want me to put together appraisal courses?"  And of course he said, "YES!" 

 

Our instructor for this 2 day appraiser course will be Sandy Adomatis, Adomatis Appraisal Services, Punta Gorda, Florida.   The class is March 12 - 13, 2020, Northern Arizona Association of REALTORS, 1515 E Cedar Avenue, Suite C-4, Flagstaff, Arizona 86004. 

March 12-13/2020 Sandy Adomatis Green Courses for Appraisers

Sandy has taught these 2 day courses three times in the recent past in Phoenix thanks to our Residential Committee, US Green Building Council.  Each time, funds were raised to host the course and hard work ensued to fill seats.  She is THE go-to for this type of education.  If you click this link you'll see her talking about the Commercial Green & Energy Efficient Addendum.  The same exists for residential and is discussed in her courses. 

 

This time in Flagstaff, the hope is to fill 30 seats as there aren't any appraisers in Northern Arizona with this much-needed knowledge.  Fingers crossed please for a good turnout! 

 

2020 will be a great year and I hope to move into projects with the Sustainability Advisors, helping companies enhance their energy efficiency, indoor air quality and helping employees realize that have the POWER to make significant changes to their own homes!

 

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Sheila Anderson
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Good afternoon Jan. I am really impressed by you and the stretching you seem to embrace. I really hope to met you in person too.

Jan 16, 2020 01:35 PM #3
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Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Sheila - you're so sweet!  Thank you for that.  It definitely feels like stretching!  When I was asked to join this group I was HUGELY humbled.  Since getting the first designation in 2008 it's been a constant learning curve.  Attending everything I can get my hands on has helped tremendously.  But the best thing of all is the great people I've met.  Sustainability breeds great people who really care and that has been amazing!  Likewise, I'd love to meet you!  We'd have a lot of fun! Happy and success to you in 2020! 

Jan 16, 2020 01:41 PM #4
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Anna Banana Kruchten Broker/Owner, CRB, CRS
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Jan you are on the move in 2020!  What you're doing will make a huge difference to many, many people over the years (and already has already)!  You rock!

Jan 16, 2020 01:47 PM #5
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Jan Green
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Thank you Anna Banana Kruchten Broker/Owner, CRB, CRS !  Coming from you that's a big compliment!  See you for HH! 

Jan 16, 2020 01:48 PM #6
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Michael Jacobs
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Hi Jan - what an impressive list of accomplishments in 2019 and it appears that you have an excellent foundation which can springboard to additional success stories going forward.  I like the "Fifth Element" a lot.  Great and powerful ideas underway. 

Jan 16, 2020 04:34 PM #7
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Jan Green
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Thank you Michael Jacobs !  I'm hoping the same thing!  It's been a really cool thing hanging out with the brainest of the bunch in sustainability.  We learn from each other and the best part - we're great friends.  Couldn't be better than that!  Glad you like my new title.  Didn't mention it, but it was also a pay increase partnering with one partner who brings in all the sponsorships :)

Jan 16, 2020 04:42 PM #8
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Jan, first thank you for supporting this Active Rain Challenge and second I love your post I will re-read it again there is so much great information in there...yes I agree with you the Niche is always the way to go, it generates business consistently day in and day out, Endre

Jan 16, 2020 09:56 PM #9
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
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I love how you have owned your niche, Jan. It is so important to not only super serve our niche(s), but become the local expert in it. The one people think about first. Your green soul and Green name are synomous with sustainability - and it makes it easy to remember you.  Congratulations and I wish you a great turn-out for the upcoming seminar/class.  

Jan 17, 2020 06:21 AM #10
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Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
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Thank you so much Endre Barath, Jr. . It's been hugely rewarding "working" in sustainabilty.  Loving something so much that it brings you joy isn't really working!  I appreciate this challenge as it made me stop and list all of these things I've been working on. No wonder the year flew by. Have a great weekend!

 

Jan 17, 2020 09:06 AM #11
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Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
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Thank you Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD !  You have obviously worked very hard at your niche so I appreciate your comments very much.  It's truly not work when you love what you do.  A friend of mine was talking about when to retire.  Honestly, I'm not sure I'll ever really retire!  And thank you for the good wishes about our class.  I was honored when Daran asked to speak with me, saying he had all the sponsors (except title & home warranty.) Leveling up that class has been amazing!

Jan 17, 2020 09:07 AM #12
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Greg Mona
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Great post, Jan Green. As a long-time local agent, I am, of course, very familiar with your success in your niche in the metro-Phoenix market.  You provide a very valuable service and I see nothing but an upward trajectory for you. Keep up the great work!

Jan 18, 2020 12:32 PM #13
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Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Ahh, thank you Greg Mona !  Hope to run into you one of these days :   I'm teaching at Weserve 6/16.  Watch for that close "The Fifth Element of Home Ownership" if you need Disclosure credit.  I appreciate your comments very much!

Jan 19, 2020 07:59 PM #14
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Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Hi Jan, I am always very interested in the ROIs, and adding the Fifth Element is  a great way to make us think about the cost of owning a home. I was so excited to read about all the work you have done with respect to sustainability and the Tempe Micro Estates. I love the idea very much. You are my authority and go-to-person when I think of energy-efficiency in homes.

Jan 20, 2020 09:00 AM #15
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Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Hey Steffy Hristova !  Thank you for reading and for your comments.  I appreciate that you would be very interested in a buildings' performance, especially for commercial buildings.  They do have the Commercial Green & Energy Efficient Addendum as well as the Residential to document green features and attach that document to the appraisal.  See the link showing Sandy discussing it at the bottom of the blog.  Sandy is the go-to resource for us!

Jan 20, 2020 09:03 AM #16
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
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WOW! I have watched you over the years in awe - growing your business and applying your passion to your niche. I love it! 

The best part is that the difference you are making in your help to others, extends well beyond your own clientele. How unbelievably awesome is that?! 

Thank you too, for participating in this month's challenge, Jan!

Jan 25, 2020 09:07 PM #17
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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

What a fantastic niche and you bring so much benefit to people. Comgrst

Jan 26, 2020 04:38 AM #18
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Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
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Thank you so much Debe Maxwell, CRS !  It is so rewarding working in this niche, so much so that it fills my heart.  It's been a great journey filled with great people who have become friends as well.  It doesn't get much better than that!

Jan 26, 2020 07:40 AM #19
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Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Thank you Lise Howe .  It's a niche that I started becoming interested in the fall of 2007, attending the NAR convention and listening to an EcoBroker from California.  A "lightbulb" went off and it's never turned off!  LOL!  Have a wonderful Sunday!

Jan 26, 2020 07:41 AM #20
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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 absolutely love your passion for your niche.  You've obviously dedicated yourself to educating people about conservation and the benefits of being environmentally responsible.  I applaud how you've taken your profession to a whole 'nother level! 

Feb 04, 2020 03:22 AM #21
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Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Thank you so much Carol Williams   I'm super excited as NAR President has asked me to be on the Presidential Advisory Group (about 8 realtors across the country) to add Sustainability into the Public Policy!  Headed to Chicago in 2 weeks :)  More on that later!  Look forward to seeing you on your next visit soon!

Feb 04, 2020 07:48 AM #22
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