NAR Goes Green; A Break on Home Warranties

The pride of homeownership will be celebrated through NAR's inaugural float in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year's Day.

August 1, 2008

Hundreds of volunteers from local real estate offices and neighboring REALTOR® associations will come together to donate more than 10,000 decorating hours on its production. The 55-foot-long float features a magnificent Swiss Family Robinson-inspired treehouse home, cantilevered over a tranquil pool of water. The Victorian-style home, a testament to ingenuity and craftsmanship, is surrounded by a lush garden of exotic flowers and foliage. Catch the excitement on TV at 8 a.m. (PST) on Jan. 1.

Newest Designation: GREEN

Do you fully understand what makes a property green? Are you comfortable explaining to your clients the costs versus benefits of green building features and practices? NAR is committed to helping you become "green with knowledge" through its new green designation. NAR’s new Green Resource Council has created a cross-disciplinary designation program that provides students with a broad understanding of green real estate principles as well as advanced green strategies and practices for residential real estate, commercial real estate, and property management.

To earn the designation, members must complete a 12-hour core course and a six-hour elective in either residential real estate, commercial real estate, or property management. The total cost is $295. Classes are available in live lecture and online formats.

Earning this designation will show prospects, clients, and colleagues your commitment to working with consumers and investors interested in properties with green and sustainable features. This designation is the only green designation recognized by NAR and will be displayed on both and as part of your NAR member profile.

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Wendy Cole

Wendy Cole is the former managing editor of REALTOR® Magazine.