NAR’s Center for REALTOR® Development
About This Show
NAR’s Center for REALTOR® Development podcast focuses on education in the real estate industry and is hosted by Monica Neubauer, an award-winning industry leader, speaker, and instructor based in Nashville, TN. The podcast discusses formal and informal sources of industry knowledge, including NAR education and credential programs. This podcast is for REALTORS®, REALTOR® associations, real estate and allied professionals, real estate educators, education providers such as schools, and consumers.
Most Recent Episode
005: Sustainable Housing: The Green Movement
In today’s episode, James and Monica talk about the Green Movement in Sustainable Housing. They will discuss the ways we are seeing a growing interest in energy efficiency in homes in general, as well as the more specific ways people want to improve their way of life with varied energy methods. As Realtors®, it is important to represent these features as the benefits that they are, and maximize the financial benefits that come with them. James will share his tips and tricks on sustainability in housing. Green homes are becoming more mainstream, especially in the new construction world. Code has gotten more strict in creating healthier homes that use less utilities. More durable materials and features are being utilized that help to save people money. Some of these features include: tankless water heaters, CFL lighting, and Energy Star label mechanics — such as furnaces and windows. James and Monica bring up a good point that this movement is very regional; what works best depends on the conditions in that area. One thing that works regardless of region is wall systems. New construction homes have a lot more insulation and keep the air in the home condition longer. Solar panels are one of the features that you can actually see on the house. It is a statement that in your house you stand for sustainability and leaving a greener footprint on the environment. There are different options for solar panels that Realtors® should know about how they can add value for the seller and the buyer. There are several different ways to acquire them (lease, finance, or buy outright). Solar panels are an efficient way to create energy, but there are additional ways to save energy as well. There are a lot of different value points for going with solar, and money is just one of those. For Realtors®, if solar panels are leased, that will need to be addressed in the contract for the house. Most electric/energy companies will do a free or low-cost energy inspection of your house. If you’re considering making energy-efficiency or renewable energy updates to an existing home, the energy audit is the best place to start. It will tell you where your opportunities are to make these changes. These audits may also be required to get access to local rebates and incentives. How can Realtors® help their buyers see the value of these features in a home? As Realtors®, you can learn what to look f