March 2010

Welcome to the National Association of Green Agents and Broker’s newsletter.

Green Real Estate News

The curb appeal of a home is a critical element to ensure the timely sale of a property. Particularly in the cases of well-established neighbourhoods, the surrounding mature trees and landscape can be a significant selling point for buyers. However, in some cases these trees are diseased and must be removed shortly after the sale of a home, causing significant distress to the home buyer. It is wise for home buyers who are purchasing a property with mature trees to schedule an inspection with an experienced arborist. Jeff Thompson of Thompson Environmental Services offers these inspections across Southern Ontario (from Windsor to Peterborough), and can be reached by telephone at 519-748-4021.

Government News

Did you know that the Canadian federal government was the first government of Olympic host countries to offset the carbon emissions produced by the Games? Canada’s Environment Minister, Jim Prentice, announced the initiative just prior to the Games Opening Ceremonies in February. The program will invest approximately $150,000 in carbon reduction initiatives to offset an estimated 7,600 tonnes of emissions created by the activities of thousands of government employees involved with the Olympic and Paralympic Games, which concluded this weekend in Whistler. For more information, visit www.ec.gc.ca.

New Products

How can you be sure that the green products that you are purchasing are truly kind to the environment? How can you avoid ‘greenwashing’ (the practice of fooling consumers into buying products that aren’t actually environmentally friendly)? One way is to look for the EcoLogo certification on these products. The EcoLogo certification program initiative is owned by Environment Canada, and since 1988 has become the most widely recognized and respected environmental certification program in North America. For more information on the program, visit http://www.ecologo.org/en/index.asp

Association News

Spring is the perfect time to schedule seminars for yourself or your real estate selling team. Classes can be scheduled and held at your convenience – simply contact the Association for information on how to schedule a class at your location. Information on courses offered can be found at www.nagab.org

Membership News

Home energy evaluations have become an excellent tool in helping homeowners understand the energy efficiency of their homes – while also qualifying them for the lucrative government grants currently being offered by both the federal and provincial governments. However, homeowners are not the only ones who can benefit from using energy evaluations. In the ever increasing competitive housing market – many realtors are using energy evaluations as an effective marketing tool. NAGAB is pleased to recommend The Energuy to members of the Association. For more information on how you can use an energy evaluation to differentiate your listings contact AnaBela Azevedo at The Energuy at 226-208-6637 or click here to schedule an energy evaluation: http://www.energuy.ca/evaluation.html

GreenrealestateTM – Buy/Sell/Lease

The future of sustainable housing in high-density areas is here – a new detached, two bedroom sustainable laneway home featured on CTV news is for sale in the Annex area of Toronto. Due to many energy-saving features, the home has very low utility costs and has an EnerGuide rating of 79. More information on the property can be found at http://www.58garnet.info

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