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The Wellness Real Estate Podcast

The Wellness Real Estate Podcast

By Sheila Alston
Wellness Real Estate Developments and Trending Topics for Forward-Thinking Real Estate Professionals

You may or may not realize that Wellness real estate has nearly doubled since 2017 and is now worth $275 Billion dollars, according to the Global Wellness Institute.

There’s never been a better time to start talking with your audience about what is happening in wellness real estate and position yourself as a leader in this fast growing segment of our industry.

Follow us on Instagram @wellnessagents #changeagents #realestate #wellnessrealestate #regenerativerealestate #ecoagents
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Eps. #20 - Unique Lending Options That Will Give Your Business a Competitive Edge
You are listening to episode # 20 of the Wellness Real estate podcast. Today, we are going to talk with senior loan officer at Amerihome mortgage, Michael Hoyt. I invited him to come on the show because he has some unique offerings that aren’t offered by many lenders!  Wellness isn’t just about the home environment, diet or exercise…. feeling financially secure, being able to afford a home, or being able to get into a mortgage if you don’t have enough income but have other assets - this is all part of financial wellness. So if you are an agent and you are want to learn more about how you can help your clients by offering them some great new loan alternatives you are going to want to stay tuned! Let’s grow!
July 14, 2022
Episode #19 - How does the NAR GREEN Designation help you and your business?
Are you an agent looking for ways to stand out or to differentiate yourself? Today we have Melissa Camp, an agent from Phoneix AZ on the show. 0ver a decade ago she thought the same thing. After finding out about NAR Green and becoming a NAR Green Designee, she has used her continuing education in green and sustainability to stand out in the marketplace and grow her business. Environmental entrepreneur, solar enthusiast, educator, and residential Realtor with HomeSmart Elite Group since 2008. Camp's primary business focus is selling homes in the Phoenix area while helping homeowners make informed choices for home improvement. Her secondary focus is education and she founded a real estate school Elite Education in 2014 and a 501(c)(3) non-profit called Sustainable Real Estate Education in 2016. Camp believes in being the change you wish to see in the world and has been a leader in transforming the market and helping agents learn more about buying and selling green homes for the past several years. So today you are in for a treat! Because Melissa is going to share with us how having a NAR Green designation has helped her! So many agents I’ve talked to say that buyers don’t care or that the designation doesn’t mean anything to anyone, and if that’s you, you might want to stay tuned and see what Melissa has to say about that! Health, wellness, green, and sustainability are trends that are here to say and now more ever people are becoming aware of how their home environment plays a significant part in their overall wellbeing. So are you going to be the agent that gets out ahead of things? Or are you the agent who follows the crowd and struggles to keep up? I don’t know about you, but I want to lead, so if that’s you too…… let’s grow!
May 12, 2022
Eps. #18 - Are you making these 3 mistakes in your home inspections?
Are you making these 3 mistakes in your home inspections? Today on The wellness real estate podcast episode #18, we have Amanda Klecker, who is a building biology practitioner and a certified home inspector. She works with realtors and prospective buyers just about every day and she sees which agents are really doing things to help their clients and some that are, well let's just say could be doing things better for themselves and the clients they represent. So if you are a newer agent or an agent who just wants to be sure you are not making mistakes during your home inspections… you are going to want to stay tuned, because this is an episode you won’t want to miss! Be sure to stick to the end where she explains the brand new program she’s offering for agents as well. OK Let’s grow! 
April 20, 2022
Episode #17 - Wellness Real Estate Development in San Diego County - A trend worth talking about!
I had the pleasure of interviewing Brian Grover, the developer of Fox Point Farms, which is brand new Agrihood currently being built in Encinitas, CA.   Have you heard of the term Agrihood before? It’s a fairly new concept of neighborhood from many forward-thinking developers across the country. It’s a community design bringing people and agriculture together in a suburban setting.  It’s a fast growing trend because of all the amazing benefits it brings to the residents and I’m super excited today to have one of these forward thinking developers here on the show! Brian Grover, a resident of Encinitas, California founded Nolen Communities with the intent of building communities that encourage place-making, interaction, and the sense of community that we have lost by virtue of how housing projects and communities have been built in the past 40-50 years. He has recently proposed developing an agrihood in his home-town, and for those of you who are unfamiliar with where Encinitas is located, it’s a beach town in north san diego county. The new development is a 21 acre site that contained commercial green houses and one single family home, surrounded by suburban residential communities. He’s proposed a new agrihood called Fox Point Farms that was unanimously approved by the city council and is scheduled to be completed in late 2023. As a real estate agent it’s important to stay on top of development trends! Wellness real estate developments are one of those growing trends worth talking about with your clients! Not only does it provide you easy free flowing conversation topics that are still real estate related, it positions you as a forward thinking agent who understands where the real estate of the future is headed. So, let’s get to this interview with Brian where you’ll lean all the components of this exciting new community called Fox Point Farms. Let’s grow!
February 28, 2022
Episode #16 - Standing out in a saturated market
Are you a real estate agent who is trying to understand how you can stand out in this saturated marketplace? Or maybe you are wondering how you can infuse your values into your business so people know how you are different?  Today I have Christina Laney Mitre from Smart Living Hawaii on the show and she is sharing her story of how she started Smart Living Hawaii and how she differentiates herself as a forward thinking agent with eco-and sustainable expertise. Her story is so inspiring and I love how she just followed her heart and has ended up meeting other community leaders and now has positioned herself as a leader with a network of service providers that is pretty unique in the state of Hawaii. As the industry is shifting towards wellness, how will you stand out? If you are curious, you’ll love learning about Christina’s story and hopefully it will inspire you to new thoughts about your own journey. Let's grow! 
January 10, 2022
Episode #15 - Rejuvenate yourself in a deep sleep room
This is the first live broadcast of the Wellness Real Estate Podcast and today I have Robert Frias from Kelliwell here who is sharing with us the best way to get a restful nights sleep.  Turning your bedroom into a sleep room.  You might be thinking,, isn't it already a sleep room?  It's where I sleep??  But no, there are 8 elements that support deep sleep and I bet your bedroom only has a couple of them.  So to promote deeper more rejuvenating sleep, have more productive days, you are going to want to stay tuned.  Let's grow!
December 29, 2021
Episode #14 - Trending: Luxury Barndominiums
If you haven’t heard of them before they have become all the rage and I have two leaders in the industry, luxury barndominium builder Steph Essary and realtor Nina Patel. They share the wellness features of these homes with us and also Nina has a unique way of marketing herself that has helped her become one of the top luxury agents in Houston, which is so different, I guarantee you won’t know another agent like her. It’s such a fun interview, so if you are interested in new trending ideas in real estate you are going to want to stay tuned! Let’s grow!
December 13, 2021
Episode #13 - 5 Common Myths of Green Homes
We all deserve to live in a healthy home environment.  Today Marla Esser Cloos, the Green Home Coach, is going to cover the 5 myths around green homes. It’s the common misconceptions that people have surrounding green. It means so many different things to different people, and I’ll bet you probably think some of these are true!  So if you are interested in knowing how easy it is to live in a healthier home environment, or if you are a wellness agent and want to share these myths with your audience, be sure to stay tuned! Let’s grow!
December 09, 2021
Episode #12: Improve your client conversations about solar and energy savings with these helpful tips!
Today I have Solar expert, Van Parseghian from Delta Solar Electric on the show. Van has been helping thousands clients in the San Diego area for over 13 years and has earned a reputation for being one of the best solar consultants in the area.  In this episode, Van shares with us:  several different ways to help our clients save energy costs BEFORE they get their system and why that's important new appliances you may not know about  do they even need solar?  do they need a battery?  Why does he do this? Because he’s obsessed with energy savings and he believes that passing this savings on to his clients is the right thing to do. He also shares his favorite new appliance that saves so much energy that you probably have never heard of!  If you've ever had anyone ask you about solar or energy savings and you weren't quite sure how to best answer their specific questions, or maybe you just want to learn how you too can save money on your utility bills, you won't want to miss this episode!  Let’s grow! 
November 29, 2021
Episode #11 - The story of how this new emerging industry began - Serenbe the 1st Agrihood
Today I have Garnie Nygren from the very first wellness lifestyle neighborhood - Serenbe located just outside Atlanta GA. I interviewed Garnie last year for my other podcast Blooming! A healthy home by design, but I thought I should share the story of Serenbe here too. What is so interesting about this story to me is how one person with a great idea can create positive impact that has a ripple effect across the world. Serenbe was the very first wellness lifestyle community that started because the land owners wanted to protect their own backyard from urban sprawl.  Now it is known as t he first Agrihood and has been the inspiration for wellness lifestyle communities across the country. If you are new to wellness real estate, you’ll love to hear about the unfolding of this incredible community and how it has inspired a whole new segment of real estate development: wellness real estate - intentionally planned neighborhoods centered on the wellbeing of the residents As a real estate agent, why does this matter to you? Because YOU matter, your influence matters. How you interact and guide your clients matters and you as an agent can be apart of something so much more. Even through real estate - you can make a big positive impact in this industry and in the world.
November 22, 2021
Episode #10 - Is there ROI in being GREEN? Leverage the increasing demand for high performance homes.
Today I’ve have a special guest, Christopher Matos-Rogers on the show. He’s green realtor in Atlanta Georgia and he is one of this year’s Evergreen award winners from NAR GREEN. In this episode, Christoper is going to share why he feels it is important to market to this underrepresented segment of consumers. Not only are green and energy efficient features a benefit to homeowners, but as the industry changes and more are providing sustainable solutions, ROI of green is becoming more visible. It’s a huge opportunity to serve and market these clients and so i’m excited to have Christoper here on the show. At the NAR conference this year -he’s on a panel called why add green to your team? So if you want to know how you can leverage this surging demand of wellness / green in your business… stay tuned!
November 15, 2021
Episode #9: RealtySage the Zillow for Green Homes helps you with leads and marketing your high performance listings!
Today you are in for a treat because I’ve got the founder and CEO of Realty Sage on the show, Kari Klaus. If you aren’t familiar with Realty Sage it’s a real estate search platform that helps market high performance and sustainably built homes. so kind of like a zillow for green homes. Klaus’s award-winning tech start-up company, showcases eco-certified homes and evaluates the features of millions of homes across the country and applies a Sage Score based on the quantity and quality of a home’s sustainable features, including whether it has clean energy, certifications and overall sustainable design. There a quite a few home certifications currently out there and the sage score attempts to level the playing field so they make sense to the consumer. This intelligence is being applied to professional services as well.  Klaus recently expanded her vast database to include the RealtySage Pros platform, which already has nearly 150,000 agent profiles across the country. This referral service matches consumers based on their individual home-buying and selling needs to agents based on their knowledge and experience. So if you are a real estate agent and you are looking for ways to attract quality leads or you are trying to find ways to differentiate yourself. Getting familiar with realty sage is an easy way to do this! Stay tuned for this awesome interview to learn how! Let’s grow!
November 10, 2021
Episode #8: Regenerative Real Estate - Value Driven Purposeful Business Model That Brings More Meaning To Real Estate
You may or may not realize that there is a movement happening across the country - it’s a wellness movement that started many years ago but has been propelled even further by this recent pandemic.  And it’s not about fitness and nutrition or even health care. It’s about well being and how that comes from all around us, from our thoughts, beliefs, attitudes, interactions, conversations, and connections to our physical surroundings, how we live: specifically our home environment. I’m talking about wellness real estate.  Now when I say wellness real estate, it may mean nothing to you, or you may think of developers and wellness lifestyle communities. but you might be wondering, how does this pertain to me as an agent when the majority of homes I sell are existing homes not new construction? and Maybe there aren’t any wellness neighborhoods around you. This is where the opportunity lies……and there are some forward thinking agents who also see that opportunity . Today I’m so excited to bring Neal Collins from Latitude here on the show. He and his wife Alissa are brokers in Portland organ and have started a movement of their own which they have coined Regenerative Real estate. They have created a platform where agents across the country can have more purpose driven work. So if you are looking for ways to differentiate yourself, or maybe you are tired of how transaction based the real estate business can be and you are looking for more meaning or maybe you are just curious to learn more about what regenerative real estate is…. then stay tuned, because this is a great interview. Let’s grow! 
November 01, 2021
Episode #7: Hosting Client Events That Win You Business
The biggest challenge for most agents whether you are a regular agent or a green, eco or wellness agent is attracting leads. This week I wanted to share an interview I had with Kristen Jackson, she’s a realtor and founder of client event blueprint. She also was a speaker at the wellness real estate summit I just hosted in August! I love her story and she is such a great resource for agents that i really wanted to share this interview with you, even though she’s not necessarily a wellness or green focused business, she has created a special wellness events list that she had made for my facebook group and WellnessRE Pro members, but she’s also agreed to share with anyone who hears this podcast! So be sure to stay to the end to hear that info!
October 25, 2021
Episode #6: Preventative measures for a healthy home environment with Michelle Ifversen
Today we have home wellness expert  Michelle Ifversen from Design Well Studios with us on the show. She is talking to us about environmental wellness and what that means in our built environment- and today we’ll talk specifically about preventative measures we can take to maintain a healthy home. She has had some clients with sick building syndrome so it’s definitely no joke! As a real estate agent, when you have a better understanding of the impact that our surrounding environment has on our mental and physical health, you will be able to help others in at a deeper level. Having a network of green service providers is so important as a wellness agent. Michelle Ifversen can be that resource for you! She is an environmental wellness designer and consultant who specializes in biophilic interior design and sustainable landscape design. Holistic designers like Michelle who truly look at all factors that go into a healthy home environment, including sustainability, psychology, safety, and physical wellness are defining the future of wellness living. So if you are curious to know some great tips you can share with your audience that help them understand you are looking out for them, you are going to want to take notes on this episode. Let’s grow!
October 18, 2021
Episode #5 - Wellness at scale - Forward thinking development that benefits it's residents
New numbers have just come in from the global wellness institute and Wellness real estate has nearly doubled since 2017 and is now valued at $275Billion dollars.  Forward thinking developers are creating communities that are rooted in wellness. Today I have special guests Kristen Maher and Amaya Genaro from Rancho Mission Viejo, a wellness lifestyle community in orange county, CA. At rancho mission viejo their community allows residents to get closer to nature and neighbors with all the elements to grow and thrive. RanchLife brings everyone together in the best possible ways. Each of their residential villages, parks, pools, clubhouses, sports fields, community farms, schools and retail spaces share the same goal, to encourage and enrich their sense of community. As a real estate professional, wellness real estate is a huge opportunity for you to grow your knowledge, your network and even you’re reach. Imagine the insightful and engaging conversations you can have about what is going on in the industry today! There has never been a time like now to talk about these new and exciting developments in real estate - be the first to talk about them and position yourself as the leader you are meant to be. So if you are curious to know about these new trends, the global wellness institute says there are more than 2300 wellness projects worldwide, up from 740 just a few years ago, you are going to want to stay tuned to hear more about this incredible new community! Let’s grow 
October 11, 2021
Episode #4 - Eco-Friendly Building Materials - Why you need to know about Havelock Wool
Today, I’m excited to bring to you a conversation I had recently with Philip Walsh head of marketing at Havelock Wool. Havelock Wool manufactures and sells premium insulation made entirely from sheep's wool. It is healthy, high-performance insulation. Their raw material is sourced in New Zealand and processed in Reno, NV. They believe #naturedoesitbetter and they are on a mission to give consumers a more intelligent option when buying insulation. Now why do real estate agents care about this? well, because it’s a new option for homeowners that is safer, warmer, has natural moisture wicking properties as well as the ability to dry out, is non toxic and sustainable! It also makes for great conversation to bring up and new and unique topics that are trending in the industry and eco friendly building materials is a big one! So even if you aren’t planning to remodel yourself, and you aren’t building a new home, you are going to love this episode because learning more about these better safer alternatives is just smart business. It's going to give you an edge as a real estate agent, no longer are you just a regular agent, you can be an agent of change that is helping to improve the lives of your clients and helping to save the planet. So stay tuned for this very informative episode! I bet there is something you learn that you did not know about insulation that may just the be subject that you get to talk about with someone that lands you your next client! Let’s grow!
October 04, 2021
Episode #3 - A look into a wellness lifestyle community - Agrihood
Today we have Allison Smith from Olivette, a riverside farm to table community located right outside of Asheville, NC. So as a real estate agent why should you care about this? Wellness real estate is a term coined by the global wellness institute and did you know that it's more than $134 Billion dollar industry already? It began many years ago as a developers movement to create communities that are more thoughtful in design that centers around the well being of the residents rather than density and the bottom line.
September 27, 2021
Episode #2 - What is a Green Mortgage? and why you need to know!
Today we have Kevin Kane on the show and he’s the chief economist at Green Homeowners united. Green Homeowners United was started for a simple reason: to make it easy for people to do one of the most important steps to fight climate change and save money in the process. They exists to make it easier for homeowners and homebuyers to improve their property with renewable energy, energy-efficiency retrofits and water saving opportunities; and we help people find fair financing to afford the carbon-cutting upgrades that normally would be out of reach. As a real estate agent, did you know that there is a product out there called Green mortgages? As the name implies, a “Green Mortgage” is an environmentally friendly type of home loan.  But how do you make a mortgage environmentally friendly? Also known as Energy Efficient Mortgage Programs, Green Mortgages are a special type of loan that is designed to help homeowners make their home more energy efficient, saving them money and the planet at the same time. Imagine as a wellness agent, if you had a green lender in your network that could help your clients make improvements or purchase that home and make energy upgrades right off the bat! Most agents don’t know that this type of product even exists! So stay tuned to discover more about green mortgages and how you can get connected with lenders in your local area.
September 20, 2021
Episode #1 What is wellness real estate? a healthy home? and a wellness agent?
What exactly is wellness real estate and why do I need to know about it?  
September 13, 2021