How is EcoRealty different from other real estate agencies?

First of all, we are not salespersons but exclusive buyer agents. You will hear no sales chatter from us. We evaluate the property, look at future resale potential, point out problems, and act as if we were investing our own money in the property.

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As your fiduciary agent, we will always act in your best interests, including playing the devil's advocate when you seem to be overeager about a property. We tend to form relationships of trust with our clients that make the home-buying experience more enjoyable and less stressful.

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We provide a breadth of information and advice about the home or land you're about to purchase that is quite rare:

• A written evaluation of the property
• Data on comparable sales
• Information on environmental health issues
impinging on the property
• Advice on house renovations

With EcoRealty, you will make a fully informed decision, supported (if you wish) by the structural inspectors, mortgage officers, and attorneys we recommend, all chosen for their interest in educating buyers and their professionalism, experience, and responsiveness.

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We strive to be attuned to the real needs of our clients and we are conscientious about ensuring that our clients do not get into a situation that will hurt them financially.

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We also bring a certain sensibility to our work with clients with allergies, or clients with young children vulnerable to environmental toxins.

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The "eco" (pronounced "eeco" as in ecosystem) in EcoRealty speaks of our keen interest in and fairly broad knowledge of environmental health issues, our knowledge of green building, and our advocacy of sustainable development.

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EcoRealty was one of the only real estate firms in the country to see the problems in the mortgage-backed securities market (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac) back in 2002. We cautioned our clients back then that the growing housing bubble would burst and warned them not to get caught up in heady speculative excitement. We feel that the global debt crisis is still unwinding, both here and in Europe and China.

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And we give 10 percent of our aftertax profits to support local farming groups and land conservation funds (including the Franklin Land Trust; Community in Support of Agriculture; etc.).


David Hopkins 2013