The EcoBroker® designation is the premier green designation program for real estate professionals. Since we are EcoBroker certified, this means that we have the knowledge and tools at our disposal to help clients take advantage of energy-efficient options for their homes, to learn about home design that is environmentally beneficial, and to help clients use or sell in ways that positively affect the environment.
Why Work With An EcoBroker®?
Bearing the one true green designation in the real estate industry, EcoBroker certified professionals have undergone additional training to achieve this special certification. EcoBrokers are part of a network focusing on the latest green industry trends.
As EcoBrokers, we can consult and guide you regarding:
- green home certification programs like Energy Star® Qualified Homes
- energy efficiency
- environmentally-sensitive design and land use
- solutions to mold, radon, and poor indoor air quality
- strategies for protecting land and water quality
- financial benefits for each of these
EcoBroker® Benefits for Buyers
Cost-Saving Upgrades For Your Home:
Installing cost-effective energy upgrades for your home can be overwhelming, especially when you don’t know where to start. We can help you identify possible solutions and refer you to professionals who can do the work and help you with financing these upgrades.
Improve Environmental Aspects Of Your Home:
With our extensive network of professionals, we can help you improve the environmental quality of your new home. We can help educate you on the impact your new home’s indoor air quality and current ventilation system will have on your indoor environment. Testing the home for radon levels and water quality is also important, as well as knowing whether or not the home has low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) paints and adhesives.
Green Property Is a Sound Investment:
With the economic downturn in 2007, many felt the burst of the real estate bubble in a very painful way, especially when it came to value appreciation. Research indicates that eco-friendly homes have held their value, while the average U.S. home lost just over 5%. Green properties appraised 10 to 15% higher than comparable conventional homes according to an article in Smart Money, 2008.
Work With a Knowledgeable Ecofriendly Buyer’s Agent:
As EcoBrokers, we are trained on energy efficiency options and can consult with you on the cost savings of choosing the right windows and appliances, installing the right heating and cooling system, and having the proper insulation for this mountain climate. All of these things can reduce your carbon footprint and energy bill, while increasing your long-term value and comfort.
EcoBroker® Benefits For Sellers
Pre-Sale Improvements For a Green Market:
It’s common for sellers to make improvements to a home in order to make it more attractive to potential buyers. But have you thought about making environmentally-friendly, yet cost-effective and simple home upgrades that today’s savvy buyers will appreciate? We can consult with you on various options for pre-sale upgrades, and in turn, make your home even more attractive to buyers.
Increase Your Value and Market Price:
We can help you highlight the energy-efficient features your home currently possesses in conjunction with features that will come after upgrades have been made. Setting your property apart is essential in the real estate market.
Appeal To The Green Buyer:
A natural consequence of staying up-to-date with current green trends and solutions is that at Sundance Mountain Lands, we are on the cutting edge of sustainable land use and the “greening” of real estate. This knowledge gives us access to the current pulse of the green consumer. According to research done by the National Association of Home Builders, 46% of buyers would like a green home. By working with a green real estate consultant, you will receive the guidance you need to maximize your marketing potential in the green market.
Turn Home Features Into Benefits:
From a buyer’s perspective, custom kitchen cabinets may be a great feature to a potential home, but what if those cabinets had low VOC finishes? Not only have you achieved an aesthetic appeal to your home, you’ve also provided a health benefit to the buyer. Since the economic downturn, buyers have gained more control in dictating the real estate market. Features that make a home more cost-efficient are sure to catch a buyer’s eye.