Eco Broker vs. NAR's Green Designation

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Real Estate Agent with ERA The Herman Group

 

Recently, NAR rolled out its' Green Designation. I have not had the pleasure to attend either of these designations training. But, 15 years of living green and off the grid does give me some stomping rights. I am looking at both websites right now and I am trying to discern which of the designations is more intensive and educational. 

It looks like the NAR's Green Designation is more about raising the awareness of green issues in the Real EstateDown to earth image industry. Students will be taught about the basics of today's green generation. The class covers how sustainability impacts smart growth, new urbanism, and community development. Attendees are also instructed as to how NAR's Green Designation can attract green clients. Students are required to complete a 12 hr. core course and a six hour elective course. The designation can be earned on line through Realtor University.

Now, mosey over the Ecobroker.com . Eco Broker is the first and the largest green real estate training system in the world. The Eco broker course offers in depth training for three subjects: environment, energy, and the green market. In some states Eco broker classes will qualify for CE credits. The Eco Broker course gives a full 18 hrs. of green instruction. 

When I decide to designate my green status I plan to use the Eco Broker program. I love the website and all Eco Broker Designation Logo the green knowledge it contains. The professional Eco-Broker's directory is also a nice little perk for the Realtor and a gleaming star for the consumer. I also like the fact that the Eco-Broker program continues to provide its' members with the latest updates on new trends and technologies related to the green industry.

 

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Bud Hunsucker
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Another comment as I read the additional post.  I can promise you as the GREEN revolution moves to the more mainstream real estate industry you'll find more and more CE courses offered covering green topics. For obvious reasons there has been primary growth of EcoBroker in the western states.  Thankfully, in the last 12 months that is changing and rapidly.

My company is a national course provider and we struggle everday as to what topic next to develop? What's the market? Where's the market? etc. I've felt for a long time now that we should be providing the additional GREEN topics and where possible try to get the regulators to approve the topics for CE.  That is the one benefit of EcoBroker.  They have their basic material approved for CE in a lot of states.  Because NAR does not really run a "licensing" school they have to depend on the state and local associations to work the approval process with each state. 

I predict more and more topics will come into the market place and some will be "regional" in focus to accomodate what the "green" market is in that locale.  The challenge going forward will be weeding out the fluff and not being trapped into spending your discretionary dollars on courses that aren't "additive" to your knowledge base.  Obviously, those that have chosen EcoBroker or NAR Green are looking for a solid foundation and will be able to decipher the coming onslaught of CE courses.  The average real estate agent won't have that capability unfortunately.

With Diane Aurit's post now I'm interested in NAHB's program. LOL

Mar 31, 2009 06:22 PM #12
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Sabrina Kelley
ERA The Herman Group - Woodland Park, CO
Pikes Peak Region Realtor, Teller, Park and El Paso County Colorado
Laura ^The cost is about the same. I think there may be a $50-100 diff. but the classes from NAR and EcoBroker both fall in the $350-$450 range. Bud ^ Thanks for the additional insight. I think more and more agents are considering education that can really boost their knowledge and not just qualify for a CE credit. As much as there is to learn in this industry agents don't want to pay for or attend a course that is a rehash. It is good to see that you still have a hankering to keep learning. I think that is one of the best values we all reap from Active Rain. Diane^ What a great idea. I bet a few green builders in my area might be interested in putting something together so that agents can obtain the CGP designation in the area. Considering my region I bet there are many agents that would love to attend. Your insight is invaluable.
Mar 31, 2009 08:39 PM #13
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Thought I'd give an update on NAR Green.  Got my official notice from NAR today and logged into the NAR Green world. Lots of links, PDF's to download and a monthly newsletter coming. Should be interesting to watch the two designations improve and mature into the future of GREEN as it becomes more mainstream in the Real Estate Industry.

Apr 01, 2009 07:06 PM #14
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Sabrina Kelley
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Pikes Peak Region Realtor, Teller, Park and El Paso County Colorado

It sounds as if the two are vying for attention. Is NAR Green World only for brokers with the designation or is it a public site?

Apr 01, 2009 11:35 PM #15
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Bud Hunsucker
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Members only login.  EcoBroker is public for a lot of information.  That is a big plus.

Apr 02, 2009 04:29 PM #16
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Edward D. Nikles
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I agree with Diane Aurit that NAHB'S Certified Green Professional (CGP) Designation courses are an excellent way to learn about green building . You also become aware of the Green scoring guidelines & how it works as a systematic approach . It was a tremendous help in building my 1st Gold Level Green home . Edward D. Nikles CGP ,CGB , GMB, CGR

Apr 05, 2009 04:11 PM #17
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Andrew Cepeda
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I am a certified EcoBroker® in the South Metro Denver area.  I really like how the EcoBroker® program separates green real estate into three distinct areas: Energy, Environment, and Green Marketing.  It makes it simple to understand so that you don't have to be an Environmental Science major to be able to express the value in living efficiently and sustainably to your clients.

 

Apr 09, 2009 05:55 PM #18
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Sabrina Kelley
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Welcome aboard the Active Rain train Andrew. I hope to see some good green posts from you soon.

Apr 12, 2009 02:48 PM #19
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Michael I. Pulskamp
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REALTOR, EcoBroker, GREEN Desingnee

I've done both EcoBroker® and the GREEN core class. I think that Bud has put it as clearly and correctly as I ever could. I would only add that I've been waiting a month now for notice from NAR green REsource council that I have passed,let along received the designation. And I value the "search for your local EcoBroker®" tool on the EB site. No tool like that yet from NAR???

P.S. I was notified by the local Assoc. that I was one of the attendees who did pass. I bet we all did. It was a good learning experience.

Apr 18, 2009 01:06 AM #20
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Michael I. Pulskamp
Mainstreet Brokers - Jackson, CA
REALTOR, EcoBroker, GREEN Desingnee

I called the Council this morning, they had a typo in my email address! I've been a designee for two weeks. Time to update the marketing!

Apr 20, 2009 04:20 PM #21
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Holly Weatherwax
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I chose EcoBroker--although I am still doing the course work. I know there are some that like the fact that the NAR course gives them an 'official' designation. Personally, I have plenty of designations, I am looking for the content and liked what EcoBroker has.

 

 

Apr 22, 2009 07:48 AM #22
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Sabrina Kelley
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I hear again and again that the EcoBroker program is chock full of information. The scales seem to be tipping with each new post.

Apr 22, 2009 03:38 PM #23
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Ann Allen Hoover
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I have been debating a last minute invitation to spend Wednesday-Friday to earn the Green Designation.  I also think I would rather do the EcoBroker program.  Your post came at a very good time for me while I am trying to decide about this week.

May 04, 2009 09:45 AM #24
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Sabrina Kelley
ERA The Herman Group - Woodland Park, CO
Pikes Peak Region Realtor, Teller, Park and El Paso County Colorado

I am happy my post could be of help as yours on Growth Leader was to me. This blog has been helpful to many people. Bud, has made some great contributions which have rounded the blog out very nicely.

May 04, 2009 02:22 PM #25
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Ritu Desai
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Sabrina, your post helped me to decided which course to take. Thanks Bud for details. I am going with EcoBroker.

May 13, 2009 08:00 AM #26
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Georgie Hunter
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Very interesting post and responses.  I think I will go with the EcoBroker course.  Like you, I'm already all about green living.  I am going to reblog this!  Thanks!

May 13, 2009 02:44 PM #27
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Sabrina Kelley
ERA The Herman Group - Woodland Park, CO
Pikes Peak Region Realtor, Teller, Park and El Paso County Colorado

Thanks for the reblog Georgina. Our homes should be places which are in harmony with the Earth, not at conflict. Each time we are able to effectively educate the consumer about green issues than we are helping generations down the line.

May 14, 2009 02:02 AM #28
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John Eisele
Win 3 Realty, Tucson AZ - Tucson, AZ

I've enjoyed reading through all the comments, and would add one other thought. I was in the first NAR Green Class in Tucson and am currently working on my EcoBroker certification, so I decided to do both. I agree with Bud's comments about the NAR class being more for those with limited experience and the EcoBroker curriculum being more in-depth for many topics. The biggest benefit, for me, in doing both courses is the networking. Many of us from the NAR Green class have stayed in communication and we openly share ideas and dates of 'green' events that are happening around town. Also, now when I meet another Realtor who has a GREEN designation, there's an immediate connection and sense of some shared values and interests. With EcoBroker, there's opportunities for both national and local networking. The EcoBroker website has a wealth of information and many of the social networking sites (including ths one!) have EcoBrker interest groups. Being able to say "I'm an EcoBroker" makes a statement about who you are!

May 14, 2009 01:16 PM #29
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Sabrina Kelley
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I hope to see more and more Green Realtors networking and gaining recognition by way of the new NAR Green Designation and green issues in real estate.

Oct 18, 2009 09:52 PM #30
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Thank you all. All the post and comments was really helpful for me. I was trying to decide which one to go with, and look like EcoBroker may be right for me.

 

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