Great topic: I became the first certified EcoBrokerÂ® in Miami in 2007 and created a green minded business networking group and got some media attention. The group attracted a wide variety of green vendors so one benefit was that I was able to identify sources for green products and services that could be of interest to my clients. In a way I became a bridge between green vendors and my buyers and sellers.
It was very rewarding but the priority towards greener living choices is pretty slow in coming to Florida â€“ except for the luxury market where green can be a must, almost like a status symbol at times. I think this was somewhat influenced by the economy. i.e. when the economy is bad, people canâ€™t as easily afford to be green. Now since the market is stabilizing the interest in green is rising again. With the market appreciating at a slower rate, people stay in their homes longer and realize that energy efficient windows might even save them money.
As for clients seeking me out, I have gotten listings before just because I would highlight green features and promote their homes to green-minded buyers.
So in the end, I think it is worth it to study the material, get certified and spread the wordâ€”and also personally rewarding as well. Have you taken the classes yet? Thanks so much for posting something on this subject.
Hybrid Realty Group LLC