Lights, Camera, Action!
A number of real estate professionals actively have been joining the parade and acting on new information. The stage was set and "the lights went on" because they completed ECO certification, a 36 hour hands-on course approved by the North Carolina Real Estate Commission. That 36 hour course makes it clear that sustainable homes reflect attention to detail which ultimately results in a top notch product in high demand by residential property clients.
As REALTOR® representatives of an "eco-savvy" community, an amazing celebration of possibility unfolds as these professionals become liaisons involved in an unique way with sustainability efforts. I asked one such enlightened soul what he learned that could benefit his clients.
"We have learned about sustainable practices, grants, wetland development, and reuse of materials. We have learned about energy and water efficiency practices and residential energy efficient design, energy efficient lighting, building envelopes,and energy efficient products...and much more that can really come in handy for the eco-conscious client," he responded.
"And how does what you have learned show up in a residential real estate transaction and pay-off for your clients? ," I asked
He smiled. " Well, on the residential side, especially with a trend toward green-built homes exploding in our area, and across our great nation, when we hear, ‘ I want to have an energy efficient home! I want renewable energy solutions and long-term minimal impact. I want green materials and a healthy environment for my family...' I know what to do, " he assured me. "Energy efficiency pays off!"
For this REALTOR who is ECO certified, it was a real plus to know that the client he mentioned, who ended up building, will save not only on her electric bill because her home is an Energy Star ®home, but will also save on maintenance because of her choices in durable siding, decking, and roofing materials. The win-win-win continues when she saves on water bills with low flow faucets and rain barrels, and her family breathes healthier air because of the fresh air circulation in the heating and cooling system and in the use of Low VOC paints and flooring products.
A green-built home generally is energy efficient,
has low toxicity materials, utilizes solar energy,
has little impact on the surrounding landscape,
and is environmentally friendly.
Across the country such homes are very attractive investments.
Here in the Asheville, North Carolina real estate market
they are in high demand.
However, such prizes may not be obvious to the untrained eye.
Take a look at one such home for sale in our area.
(see photo to your right)
Is it a gem? (Answer below)
I asked the ECO real estate pro about this.
"Not long ago, " he explained, " one of our clients whose main concern was an energy efficient home, built with energy conserving materials, an active solar heating system, a hot water/ radiant floor heating system, a solar electric (PV) system, and a backup provided by a 96 percent efficient boiler, was having problems finding such a gem. It was gratifying not only to know what our clients were requesting, but to know where to find it, and/or to be the resource for the resources and all-important connections. "
I believe in this context WELCOME HOME takes on new meaning, one that benefits all concerned.
Answer: You bet!
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