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The Anatomy of a Green Home

Overview

This online course will provide you with an understanding of what goes into the 5 pillars of any green home -- energy efficiency, water conservation, healthy indoor air quality, responsible material use, and land stewardship – and will help you articulate the benefits of buying or upgrading to a “green home” to your clients.

 

Formatted for Busy Professionals

Earth Advantage wants to help you build skills that will benefit your clients, but we know you're too busy for lengthy online trainings. That's why we've released this course as separate 3-5 minute video presentations divided into 12 sections. That way you can start or stop your viewing at your own pace and easily resume the course at another time! 

 

Learning Objectives

  • Gain expertise on the current market forces driving green home building

  • Bolster your toolkit of recommended green programs and resources that are available to help homeowners and builders achieve their goals

  • Learn about the latest and greatest green home features

  • Effectively market green homes and yourself as a green agent

  • Understand how to leverage financing and appraisals for your clients best interests

Continuing Education 

OR Real Estate Agency: 3 CEs  

Earth Advantage Broker Renewal: 3 CEs 

Accredited Green Appraiser Renewal: 3 CEs 

 

Course Fee 

$39 | General Admission

 

Questions? Contact Heather Kendall at hkendall@earthadvantage.org or (503) 968-7160 x20.

Making Savvy Energy & Solar Upgrades

Overview

What are the opportunities for energy efficiency, home health, and solar upgrades in Oregon? With a working knowledge of the incentives and programs that are available, you can answer this question effectively and empower clients to close on older homes with good energy upgrade potential. 

 

This course explains how energy efficiency upgrades and solar photovoltaic (PV) systems enhance existing homes. Learning about energy efficiency and solar power upgrades can help you guide your clients towards making savvy upgrade decisions in order to lower their cost of ownership, increase their resale value, and improve the comfort, durability and health of their home. You will learn what features and systems enable a home perform well, use less energy, and deliver superior comfort. You will also come away with tools to direct clients to the most cost effective upgrades with the greatest benefits. 

 

Learning Objectives

  • Gain expertise on the current market forces driving green home building

  • Bolster your toolkit of recommended green programs and resources that are available to help homeowners and builders achieve their goals

  • Learn about the latest and greatest green home features

  • Effectively market green homes and yourself as a green agent

  • Understand how to leverage financing and appraisals for your clients best interests

Continuing Education 

OR Real Estate Agency: 1 CE  

Earth Advantage Broker Renewal: 1 CE 

Accredited Green Appraiser Renewal: 1 CE 

Oregon Certified Home Inspector: 1 CE 

 

Course Fee 

$19 | General Admission

 

Questions? Contact Heather Kendall at hkendall@earthadvantage.org or (503) 968-7160 x20

Millennials & Smart Homes Are Changing Real Estate

Overview

Millennials (individuals who were born between the early 1980s and late 1990s) are now the largest consumer segment in the U.S. and many have a different outlook when it comes to buying properties. This segment is also hyper-connected to technology and these preferences are now apparent in real estate through smart home products and features. The “Internet of Things” and connected-device market is exploding and the first products are already seeing widespread adoption. 

 

Take this course and learn how to best meet a Millennial client's expectations and recommend smart home features. 

 

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the demographics of the Millennial Generation

  • Learn about their buying preferences and how that relates to green, energy efficient homes

  • Learn about smart home devices (such as thermostats, lighting, smoke detectors, security cameras, water heaters, door locks, and more) and the current/future potential of connected devices

  • Review current and historic market trends

  • Identify take-away strategies for connecting with Millennials

  • Provide advice to Millennial clients about upgrading existing homes for smart technology, energy efficiency and sustainability

Continuing Education 

OR Real Estate Agency: 1 CE  

Earth Advantage Broker Renewal: 1 CE  

Accredited Green Appraiser Renewal: 1 CE 

CCB: 1 CE 

 

Course Fee 

$19 | General Admission

 

Questions? Contact Heather Kendall at hkendall@earthadvantage.org or (503) 968-7160 x20

Top 10 Green Realtor Resources

Overview

This training will provide a Top 10 list of resources that can help your clients upgrade, buy, &/or sell a green or energy efficient home. Each of the Top 10 categories listed below will provide multiple resources along with an in-depth look at how each is valuable to brokers and consumers, where to direct clients to access it, and the ways it allows you to best serve your clients. 

 

1. Safe & Healthy Homes

2. Water Conservation

3. Energy Saving Appliances

4. Solar PV

5. Green Lending & Appraisals

6. Home Upgrades

7. Energy Efficiency & Utility Programs

8. Green Home Certifications

9. Sales & Marketing

10. Zero Energy Homes 

 

Formatted for Busy Professionals

This online course is approximately two hours long. It consists of 3-5 minute video presentations divided into 12 sections. Users can start or stop their viewing at their own pace and easily resume the course at another time. Short quiz questions and activities may appear between video sections to help you remember the content covered in the videos.  

 

Learning Objectives

  • Gain answers to common questions from clients

  • Learn how to best take advantage of local incentives & programs

  • Bolster your toolkit of recommended resources that are available to help clients achieve their green goals

Continuing Education 

OR Real Estate Agency: 2 CEs  

Earth Advantage Broker Renewal: 2 CEs 

Accredited Green Appraiser Renewal: 2 CEs 

 

Course Fee 

$39 | General Admission

 

Questions? Contact us at hkendall@earthadvantage.org or call 503.968.7160 x20

How Homebuyers Ask for Green (Without Saying the Word)

Overview

Did you know that all homebuyers are actually looking for green homes? 

Do you know why? 

Are you prepared to meet your clients green home needs?  

 

This course will provide multiple opportunities for you to reflect on your approach to serving your clients and helping them sell, buy or upgrade to a 'green' home.

 

Everyone wants a comfortable, secure, healthy, durable, efficient home. In fact, 81% of people who expect to buy a new home in the next two years say higher energy efficiency would cause them to choose one new home over another.* What realtors need to know is...

  • What are the different ways homebuyers can find/create a green home?

  • Which of these homebuyer desires are most important to focus on?

  • How can I differentiate myself in the market?

Being a green professional means you are ahead of the curve and understand how houses are changing. Attend this training and learn how to upgrade or sell a green home, as well as market yourself as a trusted green professional. 

  

*Source: Energy Pulse 2014 - Shelton Communication Group, Inc 

 

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the importance of 'green' with today's homebuyers

  • Learn how to talk about energy and green considering the role emotions play in homebuying

  • Learn the current green trends in the housing market 

  • Understand the key identifiers and differences between an 'energy efficient' and a 'green' home

  • Match green features to different homebuyer expectations

  • Learn how to market a green home and yourself as a green professional

Continuing Education 

OR Real Estate Agency: 1 CE 

Earth Advantage Broker Renewal: 1 CE 

Accredited Green Appraiser Renewal: 1 CE 

 

Course Fee 

$19 | General Admission

 

Questions? Contact Heather Kendall at hkendall@earthadvantage.org or (503) 968-7160 x20

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