In Episode 66 of the Wandering But Not Lost Podcast, co-hosts Matt Emerson and Jan O’Brien chat about the Buyer Brokerage Agreement and how it can make your life easier if you have a focus on buyers in your business. In Wandering Zen, Matt takes us back to the origins of Earth Day and where we’ve come over the past 49 years.
WBNL 52: The Buyer Brokerage Agreement
Do you use a buyer brokerage agreement? If not, why not? I believe many companies just don’t educate their agents on why and how to integrate this into their overall business model.
Reality check –
- Buyer may be working with multiple agents
- More than 55% of home buyers find the home they purchase online
Benefits of using a buyer brokerage agreement
- Mutual commitment to work together
- Protection for you as a REALTOR, when buyer attends an open house or meets another REALTOR
- Questions that every agent should be asking:
- Are you working with another REALTOR already?
- If yes – Are you in a buyer brokerage agreement?
- Questions that every agent should be asking:
Establish trust and rapport before you present the agreement
Always conduct a thorough Buyer’s Consultation http://wbnlpodcast.com/episode64/
Listing the buyer concept
- The agreement needs a beginning and ending date
- Add a clause that allows the buyer to end the agreement
Wandering Zen – Earth Day 2019
On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans took a stand to protect our planet. They opened the doors to discussion, heated debate, rallies, and protests, all of which laid the path to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts by the end of that year. Since that time we have made great strides globally, however, as with any shift and realignment of priorities, there is the constant pattern of two steps forward and one step back. Let’s take a closer look at where we’ve come over the past 49 years and what is in store for our future on spaceship earth.
“What’s the use of a fine house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on.”
—Henry David Thoreau
Prophetic words by Thoreau, and although we have indeed made strides over the past 49 years there has been a rise against these efforts that have been more prominent in the past decade or so. The ongoing battle of economic gain over environmental regulation has really heated up and things are starting to take a turn for the worst. We are approaching the tipping point. Either way, it will tip and we there will have to be a compromise and the sooner we realize that the better.
It’s interesting that no matter how much things change there is a large part the stays the same. Below you will find a CBS News Special Report with Walter Cronkite on the first Earth Day. Although much of what is said is quite deeply rooted in the ’70s, it isn’t too much of a stretch to replace a few names here and there and you could play that on the nightly news today. Take a listen, I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Earth Day Quiz
Here are 6 Earth Day Quizzes from the Earth Day network that I guarantee you will find challenging and insightful:
- Protect Our Species Quiz
- Climate Change Quiz
- Oceans and Plastic Pollution Quiz
- Earth Day Environmental Literacy Quiz
- Deforestation and Biodiversity Quiz
- Clean Energy Quiz
Earth Day Tips
Here are simple and easy tips to help you go green, protect the earth, save money and make every day Earth Day. You can make a difference! Source: Earth Day Network
- Join Earth Day Network’s campaign to Protect Our Species
- Join Earth Day Network’s campaign to End Plastic Pollution
- Reduce your carbon footprint and take our Carbon Footprint Quiz
- Plant a tree or donate a tree through our Canopy Project
- Join a local park, river or beach clean-up
- Use environmentally-friendly, non-toxic cleaning products
- Replace inefficient incandescent light bulbs with efficient CFLs or LEDs. Reduce your carbon footprint by 450 pounds a year
- Carpool, ride your bike, use public transportation or drive an electric or hybrid car. Reduce your carbon footprint by one pound for every mile you do not drive
- Keep your tires properly inflated and get better gas mileage. Reduce your carbon footprint 20 pounds for each gallon of gas saved
- Change your car’s air filter regularly
- Teleconference instead of traveling. If you fly five times per year, those trips are likely to account for 75% of your personal carbon footprint
- Stop using disposable plastics, especially single-use plastics like bottles, bags, and straws
- Recycle paper, plastic, and glass. Reduce your garbage by 10% and your carbon footprint by 1,200 pounds a year
- Donate your old clothes and home goods instead of throwing them out. When you need something, consider buying used items
- Use cloth towels instead of paper ones
- Change your paper bills to online billing. You’ll be saving trees and the fuel it takes to deliver your bills by truck
- Read documents online instead of printing them
- When you need to use paper, make sure it’s 100% post-consumer recycled paper
- Set your office printer to print two-sided
- Collect used printer, fax, and copier cartridges to recycle
- Convince your school district or office building to choose reusable utensils, trays, and dishes in the cafeteria
- Use reusable bottles for water, and reusable mugs for coffee
- Bring reusable bags when you shop
- Pack your lunch in a reusable bag
- Organize to have healthy, locally-sourced food served at in your school district
- Buy local food to reduce the distance from farm to fork. Buy straight from the farm, frequent your local farmers’ market, or join a local food co-op
- Buy organic food to keep your body and the environment free of toxic pesticides. Support farmers and companies who use organic ingredients
- Grow your own organic garden, or join a farm-share group
- Reduce your meat consumption to curb carbon emissions from the livestock industry
- Compost kitchen scraps for use in your garden — turning waste into fertilizer
- Take a shorter shower and use a water-saving shower head
- Fix leaky faucets and shower-heads
- Run your dishwasher only when it’s full to save water and energy
- Conserve water outdoors by only watering your lawn in the early morning or late at night. Use drought-resistant plants in dry areas
- Wash your clothes only when necessary, use cold water and line dry
- Form a “green team” at your office to find cost-effective ways to conserve resources and promote sustainability
- Volunteer for a local environmental group and/or make a donation
- Pull out invasive plants in your yard or garden and replace them with native ones
- Turn off and unplug electronics you’re not using. This includes turning off your computer at night
- Turn off lights when you leave a room
- Install solar panels on your roof
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator to save energy (and get exercise!)
- Move your heater thermostat down two degrees in winter and up two degrees in the summer to reduce your carbon footprint by 2,000 pounds
- Lower the temperature on your water heater
- Contact your utility company and find out about renewable energy options
- Use energy-efficient appliances and electronics
The Earth Day Network has put together a comprehensive list of locations where clean up are scheduled this year. Click the link below to find a clean up near you.
Protect Our Species
The theme of Earth Day 2019 is Protect Our Species. One of the smallest creatures that may help us the most is in trouble and we must work to protect their environment and livelihood or it will dramatically affect ours. Bees. Here are some bee facts:
4 Things to Know About Honey Bees and 4 Ways to Help Protect Them
Here’s What You Need to Know About Honey Bees
- One-third of our food in the U.S., including 130 fruits and vegetables, depends on pollination from honey bees and other insects.
- The honey bee is one of more than 20,000 distinct bee species around the world.
- A honey bee can visit 50 to 1,000 flowers in one trip.
- The number of honey bee hives in this country has decreased from six million in the 1940s to about 2.5 million today. Since 2006, an estimated 30% of beehives have collapsed as a result of disease, parasites, poor nutrition, and pesticide exposure.
Here’s What You Can Do to Protect Honey Bees
- Take Earth Day Network’s Pesticide Pledge to help reduce the amount of pesticides that are killing our honey bees and other pollinators.
- Support local beekeepers by getting your honey from local farmers’ markets and other local businesses.
- Create a pollinator habitat with bee-friendly plants in your yard or on your school or business property.
- Plant a bee water garden to attract pollinators.
Bonus: Support Earth Day Network in our work to protect our flying, fuzzy, furry and even our slimy, slippery animal friends.
More Animals on the Watch List
The following is the list of animals on the watch list created by the World Wildlife Fund, with links to learn more about each.
|COMMON NAME||CONSERVATION STATUS|
|Amur Leopard||Critically Endangered|
|Black Rhino||Critically Endangered|
|Bornean Orangutan||Critically Endangered|
|Cross River Gorilla||Critically Endangered|
|Eastern Lowland Gorilla||Critically Endangered|
|Hawksbill Turtle||Critically Endangered|
|Javan Rhino||Critically Endangered|
|Malayan Tiger||Critically Endangered|
|South China Tiger||Critically Endangered|
|Sumatran Elephant||Critically Endangered|
|Sumatran Orangutan||Critically Endangered|
|Sumatran Rhino||Critically Endangered|
|Sumatran Tiger||Critically Endangered|
|Western Lowland Gorilla||Critically Endangered|
|Yangtze Finless Porpoise||Critically Endangered|
|African Wild Dog||Endangered|
|Borneo Pygmy Elephant||Endangered|
|Ganges River Dolphin||Endangered|
|Indus River Dolphin||Endangered|
|North Atlantic Right Whale||Endangered|
|Sri Lankan Elephant||Endangered|
|Albacore Tuna||Near Threatened|
|Greater Sage-Grouse||Near Threatened|
|Mountain Plover||Near Threatened|
|Plains Bison||Near Threatened|
|White Rhino||Near Threatened|
|Yellowfin Tuna||Near Threatened|
|Black Spider Monkey||Vulnerable|
|Great White Shark||Vulnerable|
|Greater One-Horned Rhino||Vulnerable|
|Olive Ridley Turtle||Vulnerable|
|Southern rockhopper penguin||Vulnerable|