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Eco Broker vs. NAR's Green Designation - which one would you pick?

I really liked this post by another like-minded Realtor who also lives off-grid.  Now I have a new goal - getting my EcoBroker designation!  If you're thinking of living off-grid on Maui - let me help you.  We have decades of experience with alternative energy, private water, and green lifestyle, so please give me a call.

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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 . 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.


Comment balloon 8 commentsGeorgie Hunter R(S) 58089 • May 13 2009 02:57PM


Living life a bit greener is a goal I'm working on---and look at you living off-grid! 

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) almost 10 years ago

Wow...real estate is getting involved. Everyday I seem to be finding more and more industries/products that are involved in the whole green movement.  The other day I found an MBA program geared towards being green, a copier that is green, coupons for organic products; even banking is begining to think about the environment. Banks like e3bank (a client of mine) offering a triple-bottom-line... incentivizing people to install eco-friendly features to their homes for better interest rates.  I really hope more industries start moving in the same direction as well as indiduals!

Posted by Linda almost 10 years ago

Georgina , I'd also like to suggest people look at the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Certified Green Professional (CGP) Designation . Many of the Realtors & Builders who have taken these courses seem to agree it's "meat & potatoes " for Green building , & not "pie in the sky ". Keepin' it Green ! Edward D. Nikles , Broker & CGP

Posted by Edward D. Nikles (Ed Nikles Custom Builder , Inc. / Nikles Realty , Inc.) almost 10 years ago

Norma - I hope I can inspire you as you have inspired me with your content here.

Linda - It seems like it's a snowball effect, and the movement is getting larger.  Glad to see you're part of it all.

Ed - I think you're onto something, and will do some homework on that too.  Thanks!

Have a great weekend!

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) almost 10 years ago


As every interest group seemingly is getting their own Green designation the field gets a bit crowded, and also somewhat confusing. Still, it's good to get the word out so the consumer has lots of info to go by and educate himself.

Posted by Esko Kiuru almost 10 years ago

Well, I have been an EcoBroker for nearly 2 years now.  Given what I've read about the NAR Green, it just doesn't feel as complete as EcoBroker does.

Posted by Brenda Carus (Century 21 Zwygart Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

Hi Georgina!

Just a quick FYI: Since you are committed to take the EcoBroker training, I thought I'd let you know that you can do so today and enjoy the biggest discount the company has ever offered.  Through the end of June, you can get $70 off the cost of the designation by using the code GREENNEWS. 

I hope this is helpful.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

Posted by Ryan Moehring almost 10 years ago

I tried signing up today, and there was no discount upon checkout... I emailed Eco Broker and am waiting for a response. 


I am also curious what the yearly cost is, as it looks like there is a yearly commitment... How do these two compare in that area? 

Posted by Eric almost 9 years ago

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