NEST: Profile of an EcoBroker: Sara Tavery, Robin’s Egg Realty

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According to the National Association of Realtors, more home buyers than ever have green features at the top of their wish lists. So when Sara Tavery of Robin’s Egg Realty points out a home’s energy efficiency, buyers take notice.

Sara is EcoBroker Certified, making her uniquely positioned to sell and market green homes. Her expertise in green upgrades and home improvements makes her a wonderful resource for those interested in energy efficiency and sustainable living.

Sara started Robin’s Egg Realty with sustainability as her mission, but her clients are not limited to those buying or selling green. About 80 percent of her business focuses on traditional homes. She enjoys working with clients who are looking for charming older homes with character, and those who may have special requests that only a small independent brokerage firm such as Sara’s could accommodate.

Walkable neighborhoods

A recent example of a client with unique needs involved a woman who wanted to find a home in a neighborhood where driving wasn’t required.

According to her client, “Most people don’t get it, as we are such a car-centric country. But having lived overseas previously without a car for years, it’s a much better lifestyle and better for the planet. If I could just walk, or even take a bus, to the basics such as food (a deli, farmer’s market), pharmacy, etc. I would be so happy.”

Another client is using Sara’s vast network of green homebuilders to find a buyer interested in sustainably developing a 5-acre property in Winston-Salem.

Supporting a greener community

The environmentally sound business practices employed by Robin’s Egg Realty make it an appropriate choice for clients who are interested in environmental causes. Sara’s green philosophy encompasses all aspects of her internal business practices, including minimizing excess waste and printed materials, conserving resources and recycling.

Sara also practices what she preaches by giving back to the community, and helping clients do the same. Upon closing, Sara gifts her clients a $100 donation to a local nonprofit of their choice, as long as it promotes sustainability or environmental education. Sara herself is actively involved with many of these organizations. She serves as vice president of the Piedmont Environmental Alliance, and works with Keep Winston-Salem Beautiful and Yadkin River Keeper, among others.

In 2012, Sara founded the Sustainable Business Network of Winston-Salem, a networking group with a mission to build connections among Triad green-minded businesses and to encourage members to develop more sustainable business practices. Sara reasons, “When we invest in or give back to our local communities, we help make them more resilient… Plus, giving back to the community, even if only in small ways, feels good.”

Looking for a certified EcoBroker, or independent real estate agency that will take the time to ensure your needs are met? Find Robin’s Egg Realty: Call Sara Tavery at 336.682.7447, or email [email protected]