The REsource Newsletter
In This Issue
EverGreen Winners and Welcome to Chicago
The 2017 EverGreen winners were just announced by the Green REsource Council.
The two winners, Cheryl Julcher and Craig Della Penna, have developed specialized green niches that are helping their businesses thrive.
Recipe for sustainable homes
After 23 years in the real estate business, Julcher refocused her real estate practice and decided to make high-performance homes and sustainable real estate the center of her business.
She and her partner launched Yellow Brick Properties in Evanston, Ill., created a new brand of high-performance homes, Zoetic Homes.
The aim of the Zoetic Homes is to provide a “recipe” that builders can use to deliver healthy, safe, comfortable, smart, and sustainable homes. In addition, Julcher is looking to develop solar farms in Illinois.
Before starting his real estate career, Della Penna, of the Murphys REALTORS® Inc., Northampton, Mass., worked in the railroad industry and for the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.
It seems only natural that he developed a real estate specialty selling houses near greenways and biking trails.
He’s a recognized expert on rails-to-trails conversions and has helped to get over 1,000 miles of rail trails built in New England and New York.
As an in-demand speaker on the topic, Della Penna can illustrate the tie-in between rail-to-trails conversions and smart growth, land preservation, and placemaking, as well as such trails’ effect on nearby residential real estate values.
In the coming months, the GRC will feature more complete profiles of each winner.
Celebrate with EverGreen winners
Plan to meet and congratulate the EverGreen Award winners on Nov. 4, 2017 at the ABR®, SRES® and GREEN Networking and Awards Reception during the REALTORS® Conference & Expo in Chicago.
Naturally, green will have a big presence throughout the convention. The Green Pavilion will feature the latest cost-saving green products and services, for instance, and the High-Performance Hangout will be a chance to connect with fellow green-minded practitioners.
This year’s convention is extra special because it’s being held in Chicago, one of NAR’s hometowns. The city that has made great strides in becoming green, and Chicago features everything from easy public transit, walkability, and bike ability, to green roofs on public buildings, sustainable parks, and restaurants that rely on locally-sourced ingredients.
So plan to join us in Chicago in November. Find complete information here.
“These HomeSelfe RE reports illuminate the sought-after features of a property."
--Ameeta Jain, co-founder, HomeSelfe RE
10 Ways to Make the Case for Walkability
Webinar: HomeSelfe RE Step by Step
You also can use the tool to better engage with current and past clients by giving them meaningful information. For example, HomeSelfe RE allows you to create energy profiles of any property you’re showing or listing.
Refresh Your Green Skills at Steep Discount
Has it been a long time since you received your NAR GREEN Designation? Maybe you completed the original Green Core Course and elective or Green 100, 200, and 300.
Regardless of what classes you took, the details of all the course material can get a bit fuzzy after a few years. Do you remember the details about AFUE and SEER, for instance?
That’s why we’re offering the online Green Day 1 & Day 2 Bundle at a refresher price.
In the past year, the Designation Program has been updated and bundled into a two-day, online program – Green Day 1: The Resource Efficient Home, Retrofits, Remodels, Renovations and New Home Construction; and Green Day 2: Representing Buyers and Sellers of Resource Efficient Homes.
By taking the classes, you’ll get a review of the basics like what a resource-efficient home is and DIY strategies for improving efficiency. You’ll also get back up to speed on things like heat recovery ventilation systems, solar water heating, and thermal bridging.
And now that smart-home technology has really taken off, maybe you want to gain more fluency on the topic so you can explain how technology contributes to a resource efficient home.
Or maybe you’ve finally found clients who want to understand high-performance HVAC systems or solar options but you feel you could be more eloquent when you tout their benefits.
We’ve got you covered.
As a current NAR GREEN Designee, the Green Designation online Bundle is available at a $30 discount. Register for the online Green Designation Program 2-day Bundle and use coupon code “redo” to get your $30 discount.
This Month's Tips: Reducing Wildfire Risk
With summer wildfire season squarely upon us, it’s a good idea to review your firescaping strategy, especially if you’re living in an area that is prone to wildfires. Here are three starting points.
1. Eliminate vegetation that touches the house, and trim tree branches that are within 15 feet of your chimney or roof.
2. Remove dry leaves and the twigs, plants, and needles that fuel fires.
3. Beware of fuel ladders that let flames leap from the ground, up a tree, and to a roof, for example. Aim for widely space trees and shrubs to eliminate such a contiguous fuel source.
Transit, Neighborhood Features Clients seek
NAR’S REALTORS® and Sustainability 2017 Report looked at the neighborhood features and public transportation options that clients request when they’re working with real estate practitioners.
All articles written by Elyse Umlauf-Garneau unless otherwise noted