However, a real estate broker driving a Humvee would most likely turn off buyer's interested in buying a "green" home. It would not be an asset for a Manhattan broker. We walk and use mass transit.
Mitchell Hall, Associate Broker
Corcoran Group Real Estate
Absolutely! Hard to believe someone is that short sighted to market himself as "Green" and act in a totally different light. My guess is most clients see through this charade and they probably do not believe much of what this broker tells them.
Is the Humvee green?
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Tom Priester e-PRO
"Results Driven Real Estate"
Keller Williams Realty
It gets the point across. Maybe you can buy him one for the holidays? Great gift idea.
Scott Miller, Realty Associates, Boca Raton, FL
If he's driving alone all of the time, then it's definitely a contradiction at least with respect to the environment. Yet, maybe he received his green designation for making others green with envy about the deals he's doing, and his Humvee is labeled appropriately.
Even the diesel Hummer has a Government Imposed Gas Guzzler Tax when purchasing this type of vehicle. Here is the bottom line: Only 2% of Realtors make over $100,000.00 per year. Looks like this real estate broker has chosen his path with a contradiction !
I can talk to my friend about the benefits of eating healthy, then go out and have a pizza and ice cream sundae for dessert.
Your question requires a judgement call - this broker's clients can decide for themselves , when he pcks them up in his humvee, if there is a contradiction - afterall, you can't hide a humv
Think about it, one might carry the argument further: is it a contradiction to be an expert on pre-war co-ops and live in a new construction condo? I think not.
There's many other ways to be green. Wasting gasoline doesn't mean he does not understand the GREEN designation and what it means to be "green". Gas is a small part of being green (and actually has nothing to do with a GREEN designation).
If the Hummer was used, that's green. If he only uses it when needed, and drives a smaller used car mostly, that's green. As Dp2 said - maybe he carpools all the time.
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There may be reasons he is driving a Humvee. Maybe it is for reasons beyond his control. Why not ask?
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Assisting Homebuyer's and Seller's for 28 years
I've found there are various degrees of Green and the level of adoption is up to the individual. Most consumers will recycle, try to conserve, and make minor improvements or purchases that promise energy savings.
But, when it comes to a more difficult commitment or gesture like trading in a vehicle, or moving for the express purpose of purchasing a "Green" home at at 10-20% premium over traditional homes, the number of adopters drops significantly.
To a large extend, real estate designations just signify a higher level of education and knowledge. This broker educated himself on the Green initiatives for residential real estate and now he can speak to them intelligently. No where in the designation does it say he has to live by them. A true green consumer will make their own judgement.
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