While I’m not currently practicing real estate, even though I recognize the need for market transformation in the realty industry and other affiliate industries, it is urgent. I can still remember when life was easy as a real estate agent. Working on four to six active contracts per month. Assisting buyers in home inspections and helping them with financing options. Meeting mortgage lenders. Coordinating daily 4-6 transactions per month. Then getting paid. Then I was paid. There were 4 to 5 buyers who needed my help, and there were 3 to 4 sellers who required market analysis of their homes. It’s not true that agents in the residential or commercial market don’t work hard.
This schedule is a good example. Now imagine this: Imagine a world where an agent shows a buyer 20 or 30 homes, but they don’t buy them? Or that the lender refuses to lend them money.
Think about the fact that agents do this for between 4 and 6 buyers. Can you picture writing contracts, and then having to back and forth on situations that you are certain will not work out? Sellers are happy to let their agents recommend that a home sit. Builders who are not developing land? The cost of taxes is increasing while you cannot pay your contractors and support staff. Agents advertise with their own money, and the houses they sell don’t sell. Did I mention that agents pay $2000 a yearly to remain in business for things like continuing education credits, license renewals, MLS dues, and association dues? The loan officer who keeps trying for people to refinance but can’t get them loans? The home inspector who waits to be written by agents is an example. Everyone is suffering.
Is there an end in sight? Is there any way to turn this around? It is possible!
Here’s another scenario. You’re a buyer or seller. To help you understand green features in homes, you need an agent that is certified green. If you are looking to buy or sell your home, you will want an agent who is also a relative or friend to assist. They will tell you that they have a certification number of 6,000 and have been green certified by Green Real Estate Education. They appreciate the fact they paid $99 to learn about the energy efficiency and green issues that may affect your home. The current economy doesn’t allow them to spend hundreds of thousands, and neither should you. Are you able to see the benefits of working with this agent already? This Certified Real Estate Professional was trained to assist you in understanding how you can lower your utility bills and maintain a healthy indoor environment. This agent works with 2 to 3 Green Certified Home Inspectors (GCHI’s). There are 2 Green Certified Mortgage Professionals who (GCMP) know how to finance energy efficient upgrades.
This agent loves working with buyers who are looking for a utility bill between $500 and $1,000 per year. Is there interest? Green building is a way to improve indoor air quality. This is quite fascinating. A home can be certified with Energy Star, Environments for Living and Green Build certifications. The home will be priced the same as the other homes and has low utility bills, efficient systems, solar energy and is located in the ideal area. What should you choose?
A Green Certified Realtor, or GCREP, will call you and ask what you can do to make your home sell in one year. They visit and recommend that all light bulbs be replaced with compact fluorescent or LED products. These are different suggestions than what you would normally hear. They also have the certification 6,000 have in the country.Get more Information at http://guglu.ca.
While you might not be looking to sell right now, the Green Certified agent or inspector has earned his or her level 2 certification. This allows them to offer their advice to you. They suggest that you have an energy audit and that you improve the roof, insulation, and widows. You don’t want a second mortgage. You will be told about the state’s PACE programs. What is Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)? Property Assessed Clean Energy programs (PACE) allow property owners the opportunity to implement energy efficiency, renewable energies, and water conservation projects. The cost of these projects can be repaid as a line item on either their property tax bill, or utility bill, depending on local law. Wow, my family has half its members in the construction industry. This is a wonderful way for them to find work. Do we think job creation is possible? You didn’t know this existed