Storm Lake Realtor earns Ecobroker Designation

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Becky Hesselman of Real Estate Specialists in Storm Lake has earned the Ecobroker Certified® designation. She has successfully completed a unique and informative training program on the energy and environmental issues that affect real estate transactions. Becky joins the movement of professionals pushing the real estate market toward energy-efficient, sustainable, and healthier design/features in homes and buildings.

The "performance home" movement is getting a boost thanks to the type of high quality real estate professional earning the Ecobroker designation. EcoBrokers® like Becky throughout the country are forging this market and creating competitive advantages for their customers.

With national surveys indicating that 80 percent of consumers consider themselves "green-minded," real estate professionals with the EcoBroker designation are in a better position to serve the real estate consumer. "I'm always looking for the best ways to offer my clients the best value. My EcoBroker training helps me ensure customer satisfaction, my number one priority," Becky explains.

"From windows to moisture control to energy savings, I now have more resources at my disposal to help my buyers and sellers make better real estate decisions. The EcoBroker designation doesn't make me an energy and environmental expert, but it allows me to better understand the issues and to convey this understanding to my buyers and sellers."

EcoBroker International's education and 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 homes and buildings. EcoBroker provides a complete curriculum of energy and environmental training to licensed real estate agents. Real estate professionals must complete the extensive EcoBroker curriculum and training and fulfill addition program requirements to become Certified EcoBrokers®.

"Becky is an example of the quality real estate professional the EcoBroker designation continues to attract," says EcoBroker International's 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. Storm Lake needs more contributors like Becky. The planet and our grandchildren need them too,"

From her Storm Lake office, Becky explains,"With EcoBroker® training, I have broadened the range of real estate opportunities I offer my clients. Whether the transaction involves environmental assessment and mitigation (mold, radon, etc.) or the opportunity to reduce utility bills, I'm in a position to help. The real estate industry is changing, and to best serve my clients I need to understand the newest designs, technologies, and environmental issues. My EcoBroker designation helps me stay ahead of the game."

Becky earned her EcoBroker Certified® designation this June and is wasting no time in putting the tools and additional expertise to work. Becky has already found that being a Certified EcoBroker® creates added value and customer satisfaction that sets her apart from other agents. For example, at a recent listing presentation, Becky was able to show the prospective sellers how she can highlight the benefits of their energy efficient windows, upgraded insulation as well as the energy-efficient appliances or suggested an inexpensive environmental test. Her innovative energy and environmental perspective gave her an edge in winning the listing. Becky says she's looking forward to continuing to positively impact the quality, durability, comfort, safety, and cost-effectiveness of homes and commercial buildings.