CONGRATULATIONS KEVIN!!! ON FEBRUARY 26, 2009 LOCAL REALTOR®, KEVIN J. COOK, ACHIEVES NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® GREEN DESIGNATION
Cook 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 comprehensive knowledge of green homes and buildings and issues of sustainability in relation to real estate.
More specifically, Cook was trained in understanding what makes a property green, helping clients evaluate the cost/benefits of green building features and practices, distinguishing between industry rating 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.
"Living green is about making healthy choices that are also easy on your wallet. NAR Green Designees have the necessary resources & relationships to effectively work with you on your next green project." said Al Medina, Director of NAR’s Green Designation. 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.
As an NAR Green Designee, Cook has gained the knowledge and the tools necessary to become a trusted green resource for Northern Colorado. For more information about Kevin Cook, please visit www.lovelandcorealestate.com or e-mail email@example.com
June 24, 2011 - Kevin J. Cook of The Cottage Realty, ltd. in Berthoud has earned the prestigious Certified Investor Agent Specialist TM (CIAS) designation, having completed extensive training to understand the different real estate investor types, and the investment opportunities, financing options and calculations needed to provide solutions for each. The five real estate investor types include: First-Time Investors, Move-Up Investors, Portfolio Investors, Performance Investors, and Rehab and Resell Investors.
"For decades, investing in real estate has proven to be a consistent and stable way for individuals to build wealth," Cook said. "Real estate investment supports a number of industries, including construction, retail and professional services, and is a strong way to energize and increase investment in our local economy."
Over the past 12 months, investment and second-home properties comprised more than $300 billion in sales, representing approximately 27 percent of all residential real estate transactions. In addition, in market conditions affected by mortgage industry challenges, 48 percent of investors made all-cash purchases.
"As markets face the challenges of distressed properties and a difficult economy, real estate investors have the opportunity to find productive deals while helping communities stabilize." Cook said. "Investors provide much needed liquidity to the market, decrease vacancy rates, improve neighborhoods, and present solutions for homeowners who need to sell."
With the CIAS Designation training, Cook will help northern Colorado area residents build wealth through real estate investment, and homeowners facing foreclosure find potential buyers for their properties.
Today, millions of homeowners are either delinquent on their mortgages or in the foreclosure process. One potential solution for homeowners in this situation is a short sale, in which the lien holder accepts a sale price of the home that is less than the mortgage owed. Increasingly, real estate investors are facilitating this solution.
"When it comes to properties that actually end up in foreclosure," Cook added, "up to 30 percent of them can't close conventionally. Investors are often the only ones who can buy them."