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LEED Accreditation is the New Trend for Real Estate Brokers

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By : Cassiano Travareli    99 or more times read
The real estate industry has been hit hard by the current economic crisis rolling across the country and around the world. The crisis has made it difficult to obtain credit and funding. This is made more complicated with the growing number of foreclosed properties that has plagued the housing market in record numbers this past year.

Despite these odds, professionals like real estate brokers and agents continue to thrive in this very competitive market, and they need all the advantage they can get in order to survive. One of the latest trends in this area is to obtain a LEED accreditation, which is related to the global Green trend around the world.

LEED AP stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional, a designation for professionals trained in energy-efficient design principles required in the green building industry. The certification is granted by the United States Green Building Council. LEED accreditation was previously concentrated with architects, engineers and professionals in the construction and building industry.

Now, a growing number of commercial real estate brokers and agents are taking the trainings and test required in becoming accredited professionals with this designation. The training involves 300 hours of study which costs $300 for Green Building Council members and $400 dollars for non-members.

This trend is triggered by growing nationwide interest and awareness for a responsible use of natural resources. This growing interest shifted the focus on home and building designs to a more energy-efficient and environmental friendly paradigm. New buildings and homes are built with these new designs.

In order to sell and market these buildings and homes, commercial and residential real estate brokers should be trained and certified in these principles, in order to present them accurately and effectively and make the sale. Real estate brokers can only do that with a LEED accreditation.
Cassiano Travareli has been educated in the finer points of the foreclosures market over 5 years.

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