REALTORS® can receive two continuing education credits for taking Home Energy Score (HES) training. To request a free HES training in your area, please contact Kim Burke at 303-866-2343 or email@example.com.
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Colorado Association of REALTORS®
CEO, Tyrone Adams
“Until now, a home’s energy efficiency benefits were difficult to quantify and compare. A Home Energy Score provides homebuyers a chance to evaluate a home’s efficiency features before they buy so they can make the most knowledgeable decision on one of the biggest investments in their life.”
Colorado Association of REALTORS® - Colorado Energy Office Partnership
The Colorado Energy Office (CEO) has partnered with the Colorado Association of REALTORS® (CAR) since 2010 and the development of the "Green MLS." CAR helped to develop recommendations to implement searchable fields in the MLS to serve REALTORS® in marketing properties and to provide appraiser information to incorporate energy efficiency in their opinions of value.
Over the course of three years, 97 percent of all homes in Colorado could be listed in an MLS with these searchable fields. The quick adoption was due in part to CAR helping CEO to make connections and recommend grants for MLS vendors for the IT upgrades and training. The program could not have been a success without CAR's government affairs staff and their assistance.
The Colorado real estate market has changed quite a bit since 2010, from a buyers' market to a sellers' one. In this context, CEO had to adapt its work in the existing homes market and lean on REALTORS® and CAR to help pivot the program and focus on post-mortgage-closing improvements.
Real estate agents can benefit from the following:
- Get to know the energy efficiency language other real estate brokers, home inspectors, and appraisers will use. Speaking the same the language can help all parties serve the client better. Learn definitions of common green attributes of a home. Knowing definitions and what they look like in a home can help you guide your clients through the buying and selling process.
- If a home inspection recommends replacing a furnace or hot water heater, make sure your client asks for ENERGY STAR qualified equipment in the contract.
- Know how to get a Home Energy Score and find an Energy Advisor for your client.
- Take Home Energy Score training for two continuing education credits. To request a free training in your area, please contact Kim Burke at 303-866-2343 or firstname.lastname@example.org.