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US GreenBrokers was founded by Jeannette Moore and Gail Johnson in 2011. Both are licensed Real Estate Brokers, certified EcoBrokers and National Association of Realtors (NAR) GREEN committed to "...opening doors to greener and more affordable homes" for eco-minded consumers looking for healthier indoor air quality, lower utility bills and a more sustainable lifestyle.

US GreenBroker Team Member Joins HomeSmart Elite Group

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Jan Green, Realtor, Green, EcoBroker

US GreenBrokers Team Member Jan Green, Realtor®, Green®, EcoBroker®, has joined HomeSmart Elite Group in Scottsdale, AZ!  In addition to published articles and blog posts Jan has been teaching and organizing green classes throughout the Phoenix area for several years.  Be sure to visit Jan’s website  to view her listings, learn more about Jan and  her “green” projects in the Phoenix area. Congratulations Jan…we know your green reputation will follow you!

Everywhere you go you hear, “green”, “sustainable”, “eco-friendly” and numerous other terms that are usually just words used for marketing to the “green-minded” consumer.  With so much “green-washing” (using a term with no real proof or certification) consumers, and many professionals, find it confusing.

NAR-GreenBuyers, Sellers, Builders, Lenders and Appraisers can feel confident working with a REALTOR® who has earned the Green® designation when they are looking to buy, sell or appraise a home with resource-efficient systems and sustainable features.  As the National Association of Realtors’ only certification designating  advanced education of building science and its’ benefits.  Those with the Green® designation can add a great deal of value in your next real estate transaction!

 

Florida’s Newest GREEN Designees And USGB Members!

As one of four certified National Association of Realtors (NAR) Green® Instructors in Florida and Founder of US GreenBrokers Jeannette Moore (Green Florida Properties, Broker and NAR Instructor) is pleased to announce the graduates from the March NAR Green® courses.  Jeannette (pictured above, far right) taught the courses at the St. Augustine and St. Johns County Board of Realtors’ office in St. Augustine, Florida. Continue reading Florida’s Newest GREEN Designees And USGB Members!

US GreenBrokers Welcomes Newest Member!

US GreenBrokers is proud to announce the addition of one of  Connecticut’s top REALTORS®, David Popoff, to our team.

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David Popoff, Broker/Owner DMK Properties, Darien, Ct.

A licensed Realtor and Broker/Owner of DMK Real Estate, David has lived in Fairfield County for more than 30 years.  After entering the real estate arena in 1988 he gained experience in residential construction, property management  and became an investor and developer of income properties.  In 2010 David became a full-time Realtor® and subsequently pursued the NAR (National Association of Realtors) GREEN designation in 2012 .

Following his GREEN designation David also earned USGBC’s (US Green Building Council) LEED AP Homes Professional, NAHB (National Association of Home Builders) CGP (Certified Green Professional) and G/PRO (Green Professional)  Construction Management through the Urban Green Council of USGBC New York.

Welcome David and thank you for joining our team!  We look forward to your contributions to our blog and listings on our Connecticut page.

Interest and demand for sustainable building practices has rapidly increased over the past several years.  With that growth the prevalence of “green-washing” services and products has seen a rapid rise as businesses seek to promote their services or products through false claims.

US GreenBrokers, LLC strives to showcase third-party certified sustainable products and services related to real estate and construction thus allowing consumers to find knowledgeable eco-professionals and products.

US GreenBrokers Welcomes Newest Member!

US GreenBrokers is proud to announce the addition of one of Northeast Florida’s top REALTORS®, Gayle Logan, to our team.

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Gayle Logan, REALTOR, GREEN, Watson Realty

Gayle is a top-producer in the St. Augustine Watson Realty office and has practiced real estate for more than 25 years!   Gayle earned her NAR GREEN® designation in  July, 2010   and has served tirelessly on her local MLS Board of Directors.  She also works diligently helping set up classes on green real estate within Watson and the local Board Association. Click here to visit her website and learn more about Gayle.

Gayle will be serving the South St. Augustine area.  We look forward to her contributions to our blog and social media pages as well as showcasing her sustainable listings on our Florida page.

Welcome Gayle and thank you for joining our team!

in the green…

Photo: Proud Green Home – Gary Wollenhaupt

Improvements for increasing the resale value of your home:  According to the Remodeling Cost Value Index there are several home improvements projects, in addition to remodeling kitchens and baths, which will add value to your home.  With a whooping 96.6% return on your investment, a new front door is a smart choice.  Make it one of the more energy efficient fiberglass doors and you’ve added even more appeal to your property.  Additionally, replacing your garage doors, leaky windows and updating your roof (lighter color) not only increases the resale value of your house but also reduces your utility bills which is becoming even more sought after by home buyers.    Read more….

US Foods labeled “Natural” often contain GMO’s: Many of us are already familiar with the term “GMOs” or genetically engineered food products like soy and corn (the two most widely grown GMO products) but even more consumers are confused by the “natural” label on foods they find on grocery shelves.  According to a recent Reuters news article, many of the so-called “natural” foods actually contain substantial levels of GMO ingredients as tested by Consumer Reports. This confusion is multiplying even more as the Grocers Manufacturers Association, (GMA) which represents more than 300 food companies, is pushing the government to develop a definition of the term “natural” on food packaging which will allow foods that DO contain GMOs to be labeled “natural”.   Read more…

Top 11 Hot New Green Building Products:  From ceiling fans to dishwashers, flooring products, green roofs, bricks and more, the GreenBuild Expo highlights 11 new green building products.  Read more….

Photo: Matt Miller/TNC – Green Jay

Top 10 National Wildlife Refuges to Visit:  Theodore Roosevelt created the Pelican Island Refuge in Florida to protect nesting pelicans from poachers and so began the National Wildlife Refuge System, one of the shining stars of our conservation history. With approximately 560 national wildlife refuges protecting more than 150 million acres of land our wildlife refuges offer so much natural beauty and wildlife species to be enjoyed by naturalists.  The Nature Conservancy offers their top ten picks.  Read more…  

Solar Energy Might Be The Largest Source of Electricity By 2050: According to the IEA (International Energy Agency) solar energy could out-pace fossil fuels, wind, hydro and nuclear to become the largest source of electricity by mid-century.  In a recent Globe.net article two IEA technology roadmaps were studied in relation to the increased value of solar technology and reduced costs.  The two “roadmaps” lend credibility to solar technologies’ ability to prevent the emission of more than 6 billion tons of carbon dioxide per year by 2050!  Read more…