2017 Green Symposium

Join us for the 2017 Green Real Estate Symposium

Appraising, Selling, and Financing Buildings with Energy Efficient and Renewable Energy Features

The Green Real Estate Symposium is a one day event designed to bring together Realtors®, appraisers, mortgage lenders, & home builders from Vermont and New Hampshire to educate all parties involved in the process of the green home movement.

Featuring powerhouse speakers and leading instructors in the real estate industry.

October 25, 2017
Lake Morey Resort
Fairlee, Vermont

Registration: $125
Includes lunch



Continuing Education Credits
Appraising Energy Efficient Homes (for Appraisers) – 8 hours VT and NH CE
Green Symposium – 7 hours VT and NH CE
Selling Energy Efficient Residential Properties – 8 hours VT and NE CE
Special Note: Upon completion of this course, attendees will be placed on the Energy Efficient Qualifications Registry (EEPQR.com).

Symposium Overview

8am – Registration

8:30am-5pm – Classes

Appraising Energy Efficient Homes (for Appraisers)

This class provides practitioners with a step-by-step, bulletproof methodology for appraising energy efficient homes. It includes proprietary forms and terminology that can be integrated into appraisal reports. We share valuable phrases that will help clearly identify the limitations of the appraiser’s observations; reduce liability for all parties, while providing the tools to accurately value energy-efficient homes.

This seminar is designed to provide those that successfully complete the course with the ability to complete appraisals that will be acceptable to the secondary mortgage market, even when comps do not exist.

Green Symposium

Energy efficiency is a growing concern among homeowners. This symposium will address a myriad of topics that are relevant in today’s marketplace with the emphasis on what is particularly relevant to Vermonters. The symposium will cover: Consumer demand for green and sustainable homes; trends and regulations; codes, certificates, labels and the MLS; solar energy and what you need to know; and much more!

Selling Energy Efficient Residential Properties

This course is designed to build an agents competency in the energy efficient homes market. For real estate sales professionals this includes; understanding the appraiser’s role described herein; and preparing the property for sale by compiling the appropriate documentation demonstrating the intrinsic value of the energy-efficient home.

1pm – Lunch

Classes resume following lunch

Our Speakers/Instructors

Amy McClellan, SRA

  • Appraisal Institute MAI Candidate
  • AQB Certified USPAP Instructor
  • Appraisal Institute SRA Designated Member
  • Babson College Management Consulting Field Experience Course to assist a nonprofit with developing a “grading “system” for evaluating diversification opportunities.
  • Consultant for “green” valuation issues for a nonprofit group in Vermont Association of Appraisal Regulatory Officials
  • Board Member and Past President Appraisal Institute
  • SRA Designated Member and MAI Designation Candidate
  • NH Chapter of the Appraisal Institute – Board Member
  • Past member of the Appraisal Institute Government Relations Committee
  • Past Chair and Board member of the VT Board of Real Estate Appraisers – 2005- 2014, currently a contract review appraiser for the VT Board of Real Estate Appraisers and a contract appraiser for VT AOT.

Rich Finigan

Rich is president of the American Indoor Air Quality Assessment Services, Ltd.(AIAQAS). AIAQAS is an environmental consulting business serving schools, hospitals, and municipal facilities throughout the northeast.

John Shipman

John Shipman is President of Energy Efficiency Management, Inc., American Green Home Real Estate and Director of Coldwell Banker George Realty’s Green Operations. He is one of the most sought after green home and energy efficiency experts nationally; specializing in the area of green and energy efficiency contracting and community sustainability practices; he has set the bar in California, specializing in sustainable and green real estate practices and education. An NAR Green Resources Council EverGreen Award Recipient in 2014 for the Green Designation, Instructor of the Year; John also holds a rare California State license as a California HERS Building Performance Contractor. John is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Mark Buhler

Mark is a California State Certified Residential Appraiser. He specializes in private appraisals. Mark has been appraising real estate Since 1987 and has experience appraising all types of properties. Mark also teaches appraisers and Realtors® on energy efficient green property valuation. He is a frequent speaker on appraisal issues at real estate, title, escrow, law and accounting offices. Mark is an Appraisal Review Expert in CA and nationwide.

Laurie Fielder

Laurie directs VSECU’s statewide VGreen energy savings loan program. Previously, she worked for the weatherization program at the Central Vermont Community Action Council (now Capstone), and for a successful residential solar installer. She enjoys helping Vermonters learn about efficiency and renewable financing options that maximize the savings of these smart investments.

Meg Garbarant

Meg is the Director of Marketing & Communications for the NEREN® MLS serving all of NH and VT with listings and members also in MA and ME. Meg oversees third party integrations, product, and member training & education. She is responsible for ensuring RESO field compliance and she has been greening the MLS since 2008. Meg is Chair of the CMLS Green Section Council.

Jeff Gephart

Jeffrey Gephart is president of Vermontwise Energy Services, Inc. an energy services company in Rochester, Vermont, he co-founded in 1997. He has 20 years of experience in residential new construction energy-efficiency program design and implementation. On behalf of Efficiency Vermont, Jeff works with architects, builders, developers, trade allies, and consumers building ENERGY STAR® certified homes, LEED for Homes, National Green Building Standard, and Passive House projects. With the Vermont Green Home Alliance he is working with appraisers, mortgage lenders, realtors, the regional MLS, and others to ensure energy-efficient and sustainable building practices are appropriately valued in the housing market.