First it was realizing that it cost almost a $1000 to fill the 275-gallon oil tank at my home in Dix Hills – and then it was the increased interest from buyers in one of my listings because of its energy-efficient building methods and products. Besides demanding more energy-efficient homes, today’s buyers are also concerned about environmental issues when buying a home. To meet these needs, I need to be able to provide knowledgeable energy information and understand how to work through any environmental concerns that may arise during real estate transactions. So, today I applied to become a Certified Eco-Broker. The classes and exams cover both environmental issues and energy-efficiency technologies and options and will definitely be of benefit to both buyers and sellers. As I work through the curriculum I’ll be posting some topics on this blog that I think will be helpful and informative. So, in addition to “staging homes” and innovative web marketing, I’ll now be prepared to provide solutions to environmental concerns and discuss energy ratings!