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What is an EcoBroker®?

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Denver Central

EcoBroker Certified® real estate agents are licensed real estate agents who receive additional training on energy and environmental issues and can give you a better understanding of energy opportunities and environmental concern as they relate to your real estate decisions and transactions. EcoBrokers help clients market properties with green features, save money, and live comfortably through energy efficiency and environmentally-sensitive choices.

When working with an EcoBroker®, you get a triple advantage:

Energy: reducing the amount of energy used and taking advantage of renewable and alternative energy sources when available.

Environment: understanding how the products and services you use impact local and global environments positively or negatively and encourage more sustainable choices

Green Marketing: effectively marketing your property to appeal to those interested in living green.

Joe and Suzy Homemaker decided to get married and buy a new home. When they thought about using a real estate agent, they wanted someone who could help them find a home where they could live healthy and comfortably, to live modern yet not be too expensive. They wanted an agent who could help them live green. They decided to hire an EcoBroker® to help them buy a home and make it energy efficient. The Ecobroker immediately set them up with a green mortgage broker who pre-qualified them for a green loan to help finance the green improvements. After finding just the right home, with the help of their EcoBroker®, Joe and Suzy got an energy rating on the home to determine its efficiency. The EcoBroker® explained the results of the inspection and helped them choose the most cost effective areas to improve. When it came time for the appraiser to look at the house, that EcoBroker® was there, showing the appraiser the green improvements that would be made to the home and the appraiser worked a future cost value into the appraisal, which increased the appraisal value an extra $5,000! Joe and Suzy were so excited to close so they could begin working on their new green home. After the paperless closing, the EcoBroker® really started his work – coordinating the work to be done with contractors who used efficient and sustainable products like energy efficient windows, HVAC systems, appliances, low VOC (volatile organic compound) and chemically free paints, recycled glass countertops, bamboo flooring, low flow toilets, and plenty of insulation. Once all the work was done, the home was rated again, and the EcoBroker® used this rating to qualify the home as an Energy Star home and helped Joe and Suzy collect all the rebates and tax deductions they were entitled too. Today, Joe and Suzy are paying less than $1,000 a year on gas and electric, thanks to that EcoBroker®. They also enjoy improved health and are much happier knowing they reduced their impact on the planet.

EcoBroker® is the premiere green designation program for real estate professionals. In order to earn the EcoBroker® Designation, licensed real estate agents must complete an intensive online course. It is in your clients best interest to fully understand the green options they have to save money on utility bills, rebates and tax credits or deductions, and to promote a more eco-friendly lifestyle. Soon it will be required that all real estate agents learn about energy and environmental issues in order to receive a license.

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Andrew Cepeda is an EcoBroker® in the Littleton, Centennial, CO area.

If you would like to talk, please contact me at 720.216.7617 or email me at andrewcepeda@gmail.com

 

 

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Stay true to yourself and your planet,

Andrew Cepeda

Keller Williams Denver Central

720-216-7617

andrew@denvergreenknight.com

 

Frances Sanderson
Bean Group / Franklin - Franklin, NH

Andrew,

This is a fabulous post and I'm sorry it took so long for me to find it. You create a visual scenario that I have been wanting to do and haven't as of yet. Welcome to ActiveRain and may the Green Force be with you :-) (Please join the EcoBroker group, too)

Frances Sanderson, Franklin, NH  REALTOR®, Certified EcoBroker®

Jan 26, 2009 02:27 AM
Johnathan Mullaney
Village Land Shoppe - Flagstaff, AZ
Broker, Flagstaff Real Estate

Is eco broker worth it or should we wait for the NAR approved designation?

Johnathan

Jan 26, 2009 12:12 PM
Andrew Cepeda
Keller Williams Denver Central - Denver, CO
Real Estate Agent - 720.216.7617

Thanks Frances, I appreciate your kind words!  I did join the Ecobroker group on Active Rain.

 

Johnathan

The NAR Green Designation is now available for agents to become certified, no need to wait.  After reading over the components of the program, it seems to be very comprehensive yet a bit unorganized.  It looks like students of this program will be drinking through a firehouse to learn about all the different aspects of green as applied to all the areas the program covers.  Check out the course calendar to see what I mean (Residential, Commercial, Property Management, Business Building, etc).  I am afraid that NAR Green brokers will have too much knowledge spread over too many areas to effectively help their clients.  The course is also not online and only offered twice a year here in Colorado.

The Ecobroker program, however, is not only the original green designation for real estate brokers, it also clearly separates issues into the 3 main advantages: Energy, Environment, and Green Marketing.  The course makes sure students learn how these three areas affect any real estate decision or transaction in a clear, well structured way.  The Ecobroker course is an online only course and can be started at anytime and done in the convenience of your home or office at your own pace.

Either way, you will be learning how to better serve your clients by considering energy efficiency and sustainability.  There is value in paying less money per month on utilities and living a comfortable healthy lifestyle.  Nothing is ever accomplished by those who wait for the right time, right program, right deal, whatever it may be.  I suggest that if you are interested - take the program NOW and become a leader in your community by offering green real estate.

 

Thanks

Jan 28, 2009 04:26 AM
Johnathan Mullaney
Village Land Shoppe - Flagstaff, AZ
Broker, Flagstaff Real Estate

Andrew,

Thank for you insights and help with the green stuff.

Johnathan

Jan 28, 2009 07:27 AM
Johnathan Mullaney
Village Land Shoppe - Flagstaff, AZ
Broker, Flagstaff Real Estate

Andrew,

I also like you photoshop idea of holding the earth!

Johnathan

Jan 28, 2009 07:28 AM