Real estate professionals, you have an opportunity to make this process seamless for your clients. Here are the tools you need to make the most of that opportunity.
Which sellers need to comply
The policy only applies to home sellers that are listing or advertising a home for sale publicly in any manner starting on or after January 1, 2018 and within Portland’s jurisdictional city boundary.
To confirm that your client’s house is within Portland city limits, enter the address at Portlandmaps and look for “Portland” next to “Jurisdiction”.
Finding Home Energy Scores
As soon as the Home Energy Assessor uploads the data points into the software, the report will be available at the Green Building Registry.
Enter the property address and search. The Home Energy Score record will appear on the left side of the screen.
Scroll down to the bottom of the record and you will see the Green Verification URL which you can copy and paste into any listing service. You will also see a PDF icon which you can click to download and print a copy of the report.
How to post the Home Energy Score
The Home Energy Report should be easily available and accessible to any prospective buyer. What does this mean? It should be included in any listing or advertising. Include the score in any online postings. If an upload is possible, include the full report. If not, include a link to the report from the Green Building Registry. In either case, place hard copy print-outs of the report in a location in the house where buyers will see it. Consider the kitchen counter or dining room table.
Posting your client's house on RMLS
Exciting news from RMLS! Subscribers can now auto-populate Home Energy Scores and Report URLSs directly into listings.
The auto-population process makes it simpler for real estate professionals to include Home Energy Score information on a listing. Check out this video for step=by-step instructions on how to use this new feature.
Helping sellers understand
We have developed this one-page toolkit as a handout for your clients. Please feel free to use the entire document or excerpts of the document in client communications. Those interested in a printable brochure for builders can find it here.
For your convenience, there are now two different ways to get specific training for you and your firm on Home Energy Score. You can work with an approved trainer available to provide a comprehensive presentation for you and your firm and answer all of your questions in person. Find a Trainer
Another option is to take the online training now provided through Earth Advantage. The course costs $10 and a printable course completion certificate is provided at the end of the training. Online Training