Many of our brokers have gone through the rigorous Earth Advantage training program. Interested in speaking to one of our qualified Green brokers? Please call (503) 220-1144 to be connected to your local office and a certified Earth Advantage S.T.A.R broker.
History of the Earth Advantage program from www.earthadvantage.com:
In February 2007, the Regional Multiple Listing Service (RMLS), the region's most authoritative source for information on home sales, added leading green building programs to its searchable listings database. The action was encouraged by Earth Advantage, Inc., a Portland-based nonprofit specializing in the delivery and certification of green building programs.
The new search form allows real estate agents to help a home seller describe a property's green qualities with more ease and precision. A key feature allows agents to select a green building certification program from a pull-down menu.
Each of the nationally known and rigorous third-party certification programs are offered by Earth Advantage, Inc., the largest third-party verified program in the nation. The programs include ENERGY STAR®, an energy efficiency program designed by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency; Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) for Homes, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council; and Earth Advantage®, a green residential building program prevalent in the Pacific Northwest.
The green home listings on RMLS helps builders and homeowners assess the value of energy efficiency and green building measures added to homes. It allows real estate agents and appraisers to compare groups of properties with and without energy efficiency and green building standards to see how they affect sales prices. Based on the understanding that some borrowers can afford higher mortgages because of their lower utility bills, this may eventually encourage lenders to offer bigger loans to borrowers with resource efficient houses.
To speak to an Earth Advantage representative, call 888-EARTH33 (888-327-8433).