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Appraising Green Homes: Valuation Techniques and Applications

Learn to apply different valuation approaches in order to produce well-supported appraisals for green properties.


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Appraising Green Homes: Valuation Techniques and Applications

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This course does not qualify for appraiser continuing education credit.

This course, presented by Earth Advantage, will provide a comprehensive overview of the tools, resources and different approaches to develop a green home's market value. Beginning with an overview of current data for the valuation of green and solar PV homes, the course then presents the cost approach as it applies to these properties. Participants will then perform an in-depth analysis of the sales comparison approach and valuation techniques that can applied to both green and non-green properties.

This course comprises Module 2 in a series of two training courses that allow appraisers to earn the Accredited Green Appraiser (AGA) designation. Participants will need to complete both trainings and pass the accreditation exam to earn the AGA designation:

  • Module 1 - Appraising Green Homes: Construction Methods and Trends
  • Module 2 - Appraising Green Homes: Valuation Techniques and Applications

Course Topics

This course will help appraisal professionals to:

  • Understand the latest valuation studies and how they affect appraisers.
  • Gain the data and tools needed to apply adjustments to green and solar PV home appraisal assignments using different approaches to value.
  • Identify and apply the most appropriate sales comparison approach available using market, cost, quality of construction, and utility adjustment data.
  • Describe how energy upgrades made through local home energy audit and retrofit programs can increase the appraised value of a home.
  • Learn about appraisal addendums developed by Earth Advantage and Appraisal Institute and the different uses of each.
  • Utilize the Appraising Green Homes course manual and resource guide as reference tools.

Accredited Green Appraiser (AGA)

Become an Accredited Green Appraiser (AGA) and join a nationwide network of appraisers that have completed our AGA course series in order to stay ahead of the next wave in residential construction. Our AGA program provides professionals with the opportunity to enroll in coursework that will both strengthen their expertise and promote their green appraisal qualifications to lenders and AMCs who are seeking "competent" green appraisers. AGAs benefit from professional differentiation by leveraging marketing support from Earth Advantage in the form of AGA logos and an online listing in our registry of designated professionals. Appraisers must earn 4 CEs in green real estate education every 2 years to maintain the AGA designation and can do so by completing additional green coursework offered by Earth Advantage or other providers.

Did you know the secondary mortgage market (Fannie, Freddie, and FHA) and Appraisal Foundation guidelines require "competency" in this topic area prior to accepting an assignment on a green or energy efficient home? Become one of the appraisers in your area that lenders and AMCs can turn to who meet this standard. Our AGA program has been recommended as qualifying green home valuation education by the Appraisal Foundation. AGA has been offered live across California, Maryland, Massachusetts, Virginia, Washington and Alabama.

Course Content

This online course is approximately 7 hours long. It consists of 3-5 minute video presentations divided into 5 chapters. Users can start or stop their viewing at their own pace and easily resume the course at another time. Short quiz questions and activities may appear between video sections to help you remember the content covered in the videos.

This course will remain available to students for 365 days after enrollment.

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Key Features
Includes Video
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Package Summary
Price: $129.00 (USD)
Category: Vocational Training > Appraisal > Professional Development
Purpose: Learn to apply different valuation approaches in order to produce well-supported appraisals for green properties.
Course Provider

14355 SW ALLEN BLVD STE 240,
Portland, OR 97223
(503) 670-9278

Our Mission Statement

To provide superior distance education that exceeds industry standards and expectations in course content and delivery methods to those who seek to enter a new profession and those engaged in a profession.

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