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EcoStaging? What Next?

Everyone is talking about it. Some people are doing something about it and many people are thinking what can I do – I am only one person. I recently saw the passage below on a website for Parkinson’s disease and was moved to think how one person can really make a difference to anything. I thought I would share it with you.

“The Difference of One is really the difference in everything. In every struggle, every battle, every search and every dream there comes a moment when the outcome is decided. There are countless things that may have
occurred leading up to that point, that moment, but something trips the
forces in play and the scale tips to one way or another. That something is
The Difference of One.”

Every person knows or has felt the difference that just one thing can make and has made in her/his life. One goal made, one appointment missed, one date made, one job completed, one wrong turn, one dream realized, one piece of homework lost, one hug, one lie, one apology, one smile.” (

Everything we are, everything we do or want to do begins with one small step. I am forever motivated by remembering when President Kennedy said, “Within ten years we will put a man on the moon and safely return him to Earth.” They didn’t even have a rocket ship plan at that time. They had a goal and they achieved it one step at a time.

So if the goal is to save the planet for our grandchildren, great grandchildren and all the generations to come, we all need to do our part – one small step at a time, but do we must. I have been inspired by Al Gore’s movie “Inconvenient Truth.” If you have not seen it yet, consider doing so. Sit down with your pre-teens and older children and start thinking about the small steps your family can take. If we each do a little it will eventually mean a lot.

In the process of getting a property ready for sale, CSP™ consultants remark frequently that the work they did in preparation for that house sale was the catalyst for that home seller to change the way they lived. Comments reverberate around the continent – “I didn’t know how much stuff I had accumulated.” “I am amazed at how great the house looks with less ‘stuff’ in it,” or “I am inspired to live like this all the time; less is definitely more.”

In the last few years, the CSP™ organization introduced eco-friendly products which the graduates of their program may choose to use in the work they do. This is another small step towards a cleaner planet. This research motivated me to find some ideas that you can implement at home for little to no cost.

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Posted by: Christine Rae on April 1st, 2011 under Green Real Estate


Highlight “Green” Aspects of Your Listings

Visit the website of just about any builder or new home community and you will see a list of the environmentally friendly attributes of the homes. Going green, making sustainable choices, reducing our carbon footprint and environmental impact – these aren’t just buzz words – they are extremely important to today’s consumers, to our communities, and our planet. Don’t let the new home builders get all the credit for their eco-friendly policies. It doesn’t matter how many ENERGY STAR® appliances they put in a home, it will almost always be better for the environment to buy an existing home than to build a new one.

Environmentally friendly features are likely to save home owners money as well, as they are often related to energy savings. The financial benefit is especially great when the green elements are already in the home – there are no up front costs such as replacing existing appliances or light bulbs, or installing new systems such as solar panels.

Appeal to conscious home shoppers by highlighting the green aspects of your listings. Be on the lookout for items such as these that may be already present or easily and inexpensively added:

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Posted by: Anna Platz on January 31st, 2011 under Green Real Estate

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HomeGain Launches Green Real Estate Campaign

Raising Green Awareness Within The Real Estate Community

In anticipation of Earth Day on April 22, HomeGain is proud to announce the kick off of the HomeGain Green Real Estate Campaign.

Throughout this campaign, we will provide ideas designed to inspire Realtors to make changes in the way they conduct business. Many of these ideas will enable them to help homeowners and home buyers make eco-friendly choices.

This month the HomeGain Green site features include:

  • In partnership with the, HomeGain pledges to pay for up to 1,000 trees to be planted in national forests
  • “Greening Your Real Estate Practice” webinar by Jeffrey Bastress
  • HomeGain Radio audio interview with Marie Scheuring who discusses “Benefits of Being an EcoBroker”
  • Eco-real estate tips
  • Area to enter your own “Green Idea”!

Visit the HomeGain Real Estate Campaign site


Posted by: Jessica Gopalakrishnan on April 18th, 2009 under Green Real Estate


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