Appraising Green Homes: Valuation Techniques & Applications

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

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Gain the Accredited Green Appraiser (AGA) designation and learn to apply different valuation approaches in order to produce well-supported appraisals for green properties.

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 trainings 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 & Trends 
  • Module 2 - Appraising Green Homes:  Valuation Techniques & Applications

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.‚Äč

Questions? Please contact the EA Education Team at or (503) 968-7160 x60.
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Learning Objectives
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  • 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.

When & Where
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Online course available on-demand

CEs & Cost
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Continuing Education
not currently available for this online version

Course Fee

Appraising Green Homes: Construction Methods & Trends is also offered via live in-person trainings that provide 7 CEs ($149 course fee). Click here and click the 'Upcoming Sessions' dropdown to see if any courses are being offered in your area

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Appraisers, Lenders

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Taylor Watkins
Taylor Watkins: Taylor has been a certified residential appraiser in the Portland and Southwest Washington region for over 20 years. He owns one of Portland's first net-zero homes, the "Rose House." Taylor frequently serves as a consultant and expert around the country on green home valuation issues, including a study he conducted for Energy Trust of Oregon on the impact of photovoltaic panels on a home's appraised value. He created and instructs the Appraising Green Homes courses that comprise EA's Accredited Green Appraiser designation, as well as teaches the Earth Advantage Broker (formerly S.T.A.R. - Sustainability Training for Accredited Real Estate Professionals) course in Oregon, Washington, Alabama, and Virginia.