Dear Annie, I am a Realtor and I really want to sell eco-friendly and non-toxic homes, or at least be up on the issues so I can steer families clear of unsafe homes and help them find healthy ones. How do you suggest I get trained? –Sally, MS
I am so impressed with your integrity and desire to help families buy healthy homes. It is so important that buyers make educated decisions to avoid often-hidden toxic chemicals such as the pesticide chlordane (removed from the market because it is so neurotoxic and long-lasting), and more. More power to you.
Last weekend I was at the Southern Ideal Home Show in Raleigh, N.C., and met some great Realtors who are certified by Ecobrokers. They have been taught about just exactly the issues you are wishing to learn yourself. I was impressed with the eco-awareness and eco-education of these two EcoBrokers . They were also very equipped at handling energy efficiency evaluations.
You can become an EcoBroker by taking the online curriculum. They currently have thousands of certified EcoBrokers in 49 states.
Note: To those of you on the buyer’s side of the market, look for such a broker to help you find a healthy home.