Wednesday, September 28, 2005

ECO Real Estate Consultant 

N.C.: New Designation for the Environmentally Conscious(September 1, 2005) --

The Asheville Board of REALTORS® in North Carolina has created a first-of-its kind program for environmentally conscious members.

After completing 36 hours of coursework on how to advise clients on environmental issues and topics, REALTORS® earn the Environmental Consultant Certificatation, known as ECO. The Asheville Board of Realtors and out ECO Task Force worked with North Carolina State University, the city of Asheville, the Clean Air Community Trust, http://www.airtrust.org/and several other organizations to develop the program. The 4TERRA TEAM is represented on that Task Force by janeAnne Narrin, Principal Broker. www.janeAnne.com

The ECO program includes a 4-hour continuing education course approved by the North Carolina Real Estate Commission, a 2-day seminar with 16 hours of core courses, and 16 hours of electives.The courses cover a range of environmental topics, such as green building,(NC HealthyBuilt Homeshttp://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=147& ) indoor air quality issues such as Radon and Mold...alternative energy sources, Energy Star rating and environmentally savvy perspectives for land stewardship and investment.

REALTORS® in the Greater Asheville area are excited about this opportunity to serve clients. 200 members attended the first four-hour course offered in May. In early October, those members will complete their two-day, 16-hour core course. And clients will reap the benefits!

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