BERLIN — Susan Solar, a real estate agent with Badger Realty North, has been awarded the National Association of Realtors Green Designation, the only green real estate designation recognized by National Association of Realtors. In earning this designation, Solar is currently the only Green certified Realtor in northern New Hampshire in the towns north of Route 2.
Solar, who lives in Dummer, has a special interest in renewable energy. “I, like many people, was originally skeptical about the benefits versus the expense of making a home energy-efficient. Three years ago, at my husband’s urging, we installed photovoltaic solar panels on our house. Now many months we have no electric bill except the basic meter charge. The whole process made me a believer in self energy production and energy conservation. With this Green designation, I hope to help educate buyers and sellers about the advantages of owning a high-performance, high-efficiency home.”
Solar has listed and sold three green homes: a solar electric, a solar thermal with hot water, and a geothermal. She says that sometimes potential buyers are concerned about what will be required to keep green systems working. “I can help them understand that in most cases maintenance is minimal and usually less than for non-green systems.”
Solar achieved the Green designation after completing course work designed specifically for Realtors that included training in what makes a property green, helping clients evaluate the cost/benefits of resource-efficient features and practices, how to distinguish between industry rating and classification systems, listing and marketing green homes and buildings, the financial grants and incentives available to homeowners, and other topics.
“I hope to change people’s perceptions, that a green home is really just a high performance home that is more comfortable and energy efficient and it doesn't have to be expensive to make small changes that can reap benefits,“ concludes Solar. “As an NAR Green designee, though not an expert, I now have knowledge and tools to be a green resource for buyers and sellers in Coos County.”
Badger Realty North is located at 180 Main Street in Berlin. For more information, call (603) 752-6000 or visit www.BadgerRealtyNorth.com.