Tammy Bosse, Realtor, broker and owner of Boss Properties, has worked in real estate in the Phoenix area since 2001. However, she has been interested in green living and offering eco-friendly services to her clients for as long as she can remember. “I started with my own research early on,” she says. “It just made sense to learn more about a more efficient, healthier home.”
She sought out additional education, and she became a certified NAR Green Realtor in 2009; engaged with the local Green Chamber the same year; and studied for nine months to become a Certified Sustainable Business Advisor in 2012. She was then certified as an EcoBroker in 2017.
“Realtors who go the extra mile to learn more about energy efficiency and healthy green features better serve their clients,” Bosse says. “These certifications—along with the many community and professional engagements over the years—help me add a layer of valuable insights to help buyers make smarter buying decisions, and home sellers better monetize their sustainable home improvements.”
Coming from someone who knows, Bosse says that it’s important for homeowners to buy green homes both for energy efficiency and for monetary savings. “People can also benefit from being healthier in a green home filled with non-toxic materials and cleaner air quality, which most people prefer to do if they have a choice,” she says.
Her best advice is to work with a Realtor who has learned the ropes of green features and is at least a certified NAR Green Realtor. “Ask your Realtor to help you understand the MLS green features, and add some green features to your MLS search criteria,” she says. “Have an energy audit performed during the inspection period to check for duct leaks, insulation deficiencies, airflow gaps, ventilation shortfalls, and more.”
In her free time, Bosse serves on the board of directors for the Scottsdale Environmental Advisory Commission, the Arizona Green Chamber of Commerce, Valley Leadership Impact Maker/Arizona Thrives, and the U.S. Green Building Council. She also participates in Arizona Forward, Pachamama Alliance Game Changer, and ongoing political campaigns with candidates who are environmentally friendly. www.bossproperties.com
Runner up: Jan Green, https://gotgreen.info