Green Designation Gets Makeover

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Introducing the new and improved Green designation! The newest course is to be rolled out for the first time, only at NAR Annual on Thurs., 11/12 from 8:30 AM to 5 PM. Be the on the forefront of a constantly evolving industry and one the the first REALTORS® in the nation to attend this updated training.

The folks at the Green REsource Council have been hard at work updating and improving the Green designation coursework format and manuals based on feedback from designees and instructors. Former Evergreen award winner, John Shipman will be teaching the new course, and took time for a quick interview with me.

“What I like about it is that it is streamlined and to the point. The new course will address smart homes for the first time and in a much more detailed way. It also is stetting the stage for giving REALTORS® tremendous tools to incorporate green into their businesses.” Shipman went on to say, “The content presented will be more meaningful when we can interlink the how and why. I am excited about the no nonsense approach to it. Here it is, and this how you can put it to work.”

A rejuvenated Green designation course is something both new and current designees can put into action right away. “You have to change as the market changes. I give credit to Green REsounce Council because you cannot be stagnant. Our environment is ever changing, clients needs are ever changing, and the designation needs to change too, to keep up with market demands,” said Shipman.

Market transformation is happening and conference attendees are invited to actively participate in it. The designation has been around since 2008, and this is the third time the content has been updated. This is, however, the first time the format is changing considerably.

“What is really exciting on the ground is we are finally getting to the point where REALTORS®, MLS, the valuation process, and lending game are all starting to row in the same direction. It is huge. We have have component parts for a while but now component parts are becoming in sync. Now it’s a mechanism that works. Before was disjointed. The market is responding and coming together.”

Shipman’s enthusiasm was contagious as he explained, “The designation has the power to move exponentially in the right direction with the right tools. The most important thing for any REALTORS® considering earning the Green designation is that the time is now.”

Here is a sneak peek of ‘NAR Green Day 1: The Resource-Efficient Home: Retrofits, Remodels, Renovations, and New Home Construction‘ that will roll out nationally following the conference. Be one of the first REALTORS® to take the newest Green designation course with the most up-to-date information and resources.

NAR’s Green designation program looks at resource-efficient features and improvements primarily from the perspective of existing homes. Many real estate training programs look at this topic from the perspective of new home construction and certified homes. The reality is, however, that existing homes comprise about 90 percent of the housing stock and most real estate professionals concentrate their businesses in the resale market.

The course covers the distinguishing characteristics that make a home resource thrifty. The course looks at why consumer demand for these homes is increasing and how both the homes and consumer expectations impact the market. The course prepares real estate professionals to provide advice and sources of information to help homeowners improve the resource efficiency of their homes from low-cost fixes and DIY projects to retrofitting and replacing systems to big -budget remodeling projects. The course also looks at constructing a new, resource-efficient home and the value that real estate professionals can bring to the design and build team.

The class is being offered on November 12, 2015, from 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM, at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel, Indigo Ballroom A. You can earn credits towards several designations and certifications. Completion of the Green designation also earns you credit towards the ABR®, CRS and PMN designations.

Registration is $95.00 per person. Questions? Email NAR’s Green REsource Council or call 800-498-9422.

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Melisa Camp is a licensed REALTOR®, Green with HomeSmart Elite Group and owner of a green remodeling company, greenhab.