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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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
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Sabrina Kelley
Pikes Peak Region Realtor, Teller, Park and El Paso County Colorado
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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
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John Eisele
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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
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Sabrina Kelley
Pikes Peak Region Realtor, Teller, Park and El Paso County Colorado
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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.

October 18, 2009 09:52 PM
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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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