Camden, Maine — Vicki Doudera with Camden Real Estate Company has been awarded the National Association of REALTORS®’ (NAR’s) Green Designation, the only green real estate professional designation recognized by NAR.
Vicki achieved this prestigious designation after completing 18 hours of 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 a comprehensive knowledge of green homes and buildings and issues of sustainability in relation to real estate.
More specifically, Vicki was trained in understanding what makes a property green, helping clients evaluate the cost/benefits of green building features and practices, distinguishing between industry ratings 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, NAR’s immediate past president. NAR’s 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.
“This designation is brand new and I’m proud to be among the first handful of real estate professionals in Maine to earn it,” said Vicki. “I’m hoping it catches on and there are more and more of us out there.” She recently attended the Build Green Maine conference in Augusta, both in her role as a REALTOR® and as President of Midcoast Habitat for Humanity. “The architects and builders I spoke with were pleased to know that the real estate industry is getting up to speed on sustainable building practices. As one speaker at the conference said, ‘Green is the key to energy security and climate change,’ and with 80% of Maine homes dependent on oil, the implications are huge.”