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QUESTIONS FOR A REALTOR WHO SPECIALIZES IN GREEN HOMES

BUYERS AND SELLERS

  • Do you have any special training in Green Homes?
  • Do you have any certifications? Are they up to date?
  • How long have you been specializing in Green Homes?
  • How many Green Homes have you sold or helped buyers with in the past year?
  • Do you have a list of preferred Green Builders?
  • What organizations are you a member of that relate to Green Building?
  • What types of Green Home Certification are available in this area?
  • How do you know if a house is certified?
  • Do you know any Raters?
  • What Green Communities are in the area?
  • Are all homes that have solar Green?
  • What does Energy Star certified mean?

 

SELLERS

  • What will you do differently than standard Realtor to market the Green Features of my house?
  • (attachments—certifications, checklists, appraisal form, cost savings)
  • Information sheets on items around home
  • Special websites
  • Riders
  • Tours
  • Educate other Realtors

QUESTIONS FOR A BUILDER

  • What’s your definition of green building?
  • What rating systems (Green Built NC, LEED, etc.) have you used and how does building a certified home
  • differ from your normal building methods.
  • Who are your sub contractors and how long have you been working with them?
  • What makes your homes energy efficient?
  • What makes your homes durable?
  • What sort of windows do you recommend?
  • What heating and cooling systems do you use?
  • Can you make provisions for future PV installation?
  • What sort of decisions will a=I need to make and when?
  • Who will be my main point of contact?
  • How do you charge for your time- contract price? Allowances? Cost plus? Change orders?
  • Always check references and look at jobs in progress and their past work.

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