Green home buyers can connect with real estate agents in Southern California
Home buyers looking for a home in Southern California with energy efficient, green features can connect with knowledgeable real estate agents on a new consumer website from The Energy Network.
The Energy Network, a local government organization administered by the County of Los Angeles, launched GreenHomeAgents.com, a new consumer website.
The site kicks off the county’s 2014 initiative to connect homebuyers across Southern California with real estate agents trained to help them understand green home features and take advantage of energy rebates and renovation financing when they purchase a home. The website provides a directory of local, licensed real estate professionals who have completed the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Green Designation trainings.
"Homebuyers can now turn to these certified agents for guidance to choose a more comfortable, healthy, and money-saving green home, or to purchase an older home and upgrade it to be more energy efficient with lower utility bills," said Howard Choy, General Manager of the Office of Sustainability at County of Los Angeles, and Program Administrator at The Energy Network. "This new website makes it easy for consumers to find an agent and read more about the benefits of performing green upgrades at the time of purchase."
Real estate agents play an important connector role for homebuyers during their purchase process. They can match their clients to contractors, home performance specialists, and lenders who can all help them make green home improvements easy and affordable, through generous energy rebates and financing that allow them to roll green upgrades into their existing mortgage.
"The State of California supports training certified green real estate agents because we want homeowners to consider the advantages of green homes and understand what they're buying," said Andrew McAllister, Commissioner of the California Energy Commission. "When homeowners buy an energy-smart home, it's good for their wallets and good for the planet!"
Across its 12-county region, The Energy Network has set a goal to help at least 400 licensed real estate professionals earn NAR's Green Designation in 2014. The Energy Network has waived the fees for realtors to attend successful trainings in Glendora, Rancho Cucamonga, Palm Desert, and Laguna Hills, with more scheduled throughout the year. Realtors learn what factors make a home healthy and efficient, and how any home—including a fixer-upper—can be transformed into a green dream home. They also gain skills to expand their business to serve the growing consumer demand for green homes
In tandem with its initiative to train real estate agents, The Energy Network is also training home appraisers in how to assess the value of a home's green features, from solar to insulation. The goal of these innovative efforts is to transform the marketplace into one where both homebuyers and home industry professionals recognize the value of green features and upgrades.
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