San Francisco, CA – March 27, 2009 – Erika Burke, local REALTOR® with Zephyr Real Estate, has been awarded the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Green Designation, the only green real estate professional designation recognized by NAR.
Burke achieved this prestigious designation after completing course work designed specifically for REALTORS®. The courses were created in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team of industry experts from across the country; ensuring designees gain comprehensive knowledge of green homes and buildings and issues of sustainability in relation to real estate.
More specifically, Burke was trained in understanding what makes a property green, helping clients evaluate the costs and benefits of green building features and practices, distinguishing between industry rating and classification systems, listing and marketing green homes and buildings, discussing the financial grants and incentives available to homeowners, and helping consumers see a property’s green potential.
“As energy costs rise along with concern for the environment, homeowners are looking for innovative ways to save money and live responsibly,” said Dick Gaylord, past President of NAR. The Green Designation was developed in response to growing consumer awareness of the benefits of resource-efficient homes and buildings. The designation helps consumers who care about energy efficiency and sustainable building practices identify REALTORS® who can help them realize their green real estate and lifestyle goals.
As an NAR Green Designee, Burke has gained the knowledge and the tools necessary to become a trusted green resource for San Francisco. For more information about Erika Burke, visit www.erikaburkesf.com or read her green blog at www.greenblogsf.com.
About Zephyr Real Estate
Founded in 1978, Zephyr Real Estate is San Francisco’s largest independent real estate firm with $1.1 Billion in gross annual sales in 2008 and a current roster of more than 250 full-time agents. Zephyr has seven offices strategically located in San Francisco and serves a large customer base throughout the City. For information, visit www.zephyrsf.com.