San Francisco Real Estate Professsional Earns Ecobroker(R)/Ecosociate TM Certified Designation


San Francisco, CA – June 22, 2009 – Abigail Picache, of Pacific Union Real Estate in San Francisco, has earned the EcoBroker®/Ecosociate™ Certified designation, having successfully completed an award-winning informative training program on the energy and environmental issues that affect real estate transactions. Abigail Picache joins the movement of professionals pushing the real estate market toward energy-efficient, sustainable, and healthier features in homes and buildings. Today’s focus on high-performance energy-efficient homes is a priority for this type of high-quality real estate professional earning the EcoBroker®/Ecosociate™ Certified designation. EcoBrokers® like Abigail Picache are building premier market presence by serving as consumer and community resources on energy and environmental issues. With national surveys indicating that 9 out of 10 consumers consider energy efficiency and the environmentally sound aspects of a home to be almost as important as interior finishes, Certified EcoBrokers®/Ecosociates™ are simply in a better position to serve the savvy green-minded real estate consumer.

“I’m always looking for the best ways to not only offer my clients the best value but to also develop a relationship where they feel I am a trusted resource,” Abigail Picache explains. “My EcoBroker®/Ecosociate™ Certified training helps me ensure that my customers, who are my number one priority, get the knowledge they need. From energy-efficient appliances to solar options to overall energy savings, I now have more resources at my disposal to help my buyers and sellers make informed real estate decisions. The EcoBroker®/Ecosociate™ Certified designation doesn’t make me an energy and environmental expert, but it puts me in a position to recognize issues and convey information on the products and services available to my buyers and sellers.”

EcoBroker International’s premier designation program is designed exclusively for real estate professionals who care about the environment and want to help their clients benefit from the energy-efficiency, “green,” and healthier features of properties. The extensive curriculum of energy and environmental training requires participants to fulfill additional program requirements to become Certified EcoBrokers®/Ecosociates™.

“Abigail Picache is an example of the quality real estate professional the EcoBroker®/Ecosociate™ Certified designation continues to attract,” explains EcoBroker International CEO Dr. John Beldock. “These real estate professionals are not only distinguishing themselves in a competitive market place, but they are really giving back to the community in very constructive and meaningful ways. San Francisco needs more contributors like Abigail Picache. The planet and our grandchildren need them, too,” says Dr. Beldock.

The program also teaches its members how best to market and position themselves for that competitive edge within the real estate platform. From the San Francisco office, Abigail Picache explains, “With EcoBroker’s training, I have broadened the range of real estate opportunities I offer my clients. I’m in a position to help. The real estate industry is forever changing and our nation faces complex environmental issues. To best serve my clients, I need to understand the newest products, technologies and issues as they affect today’s real estate market. My EcoBroker®/Ecosociate™ Certified designation helps me stay ahead of the game.”

Abigail Picache earned her EcoBroker®/Ecosociate™ Certified designation in June and is wasting no time putting the tools and additional expertise to work. Abigail Picache has already found that being an EcoBroker®/Ecosociate™ creates added value that sets her apart from other agents. She’s looking forward to continuing to positively impact the industry by highlighting the cost effectiveness and benefits of energy-efficient homes in San Francisco.

For additional information on what it means to be a Certified EcoBroker®/Ecosociate™ please contact:

Abigail Picache

Phone: (415) 407-0701

EcoBroker®/Ecosociate™ Certified, Abigail Picache is a well-known San Francisco Broker Associate who helps Buyers and Sellers save money and live comfortably through energy efficiency and environmentally sensitive choices. She has more than 16 years of sales, marketing and negotiating expertise in the real estate, financial and technology industries. Prior to joining Pacific Union, Abigail worked with Coldwell Banker for two years and earned the prestigious designation as both an "International President's Elite" and "Previews International" agent. In 2004 and 2005, she worked with ZipRealty, garnered membership into the company's esteemed "President's Club", and was honored as their #1 agent in San Francisco for 2005. Abigail also worked for Merrill Lynch as a Financial Consultant/Stockbroker and for Comcast Corporation, assisting in the launch of their "Business Communications" division as a Corporate Account Manager. Born in Newport, RI and raised in Virginia Beach, VA, Picache earned a full athletic Division I basketball scholarship to Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA, where she graduated with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Business Administration. "As a natural and competitive scholarship athlete, I've learned that hard work and dedication can pay off beyond the world of sports. My skills as a reliable team player, my strong individual work ethic, and my ability to set goals and exceed those goals with inner drive and passion have prepared me well for Corporate America." Abigail describes her approach as warm, friendly, professional, and non-'salesy'. Her goal is to help you get what you want by using the right tools and providing the valuable insight and support you need to invest in your future. She believes that your home is not only an investment, but it is also a place where you will live and dream. "I look forward to meeting you and assisting you with what can be one of the biggest investments in your portfolio and in your life. It's time to start packing." Abigail also has a deep passion for music. When she's not selling real estate, she's playing drums for San Francisco's all-girl rock band "Valerie Orth Band", Client testimonials:

EcoBroker International provides an award-winning energy and environmental curriculum to licensed real estate professionals, leading to the EcoBroker Certified® designation. EcoBroker International’s mission is to broaden and improve the base of training and continuing education for real estate professionals and, in doing so, encourage improvements to the quality of buildings while reducing the impact on natural resources and the environment. EcoBroker is a U.S. Department of Energy Building America partner and a Built GreenÒ Colorado Education Partner, the most successful green building program in the United States. EcoBroker provides state-approved continuing education courses to licensed real estate professionals in states throughout the United States. EcoBroker can be reached by phone at 1-800-706-4321, online at and by email at