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Brandon Jordan achieves NAR GREEN Designation - 04/02/2023


Contact: Brandon Jordan

              32 E County Highway 30A



March 30, 2023

Santa Rosa Beach, FL – Brandon Jordan with ERA American Real Estate has been awarded the National Association of REALTORS®’ NAR’s Green Designation, the only green real estate professional designation recognized by NAR.

 Jordan achieved this prestigious designation after completing topic-specific course work designed specifically for REALTORS®. The designation courses were created in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team of industry experts from across the country; ensuring designees gain comprehensive knowledge of high performance properties and issues of resource-efficiency in relation to real estate and home owners.

More specifically, Jordan was trained in understanding what makes a property green, helping clients evaluate the cost/benefits of resource-efficient features and practices, distinguishing between industry rating and classification systems, listing and marketing green homes and buildings, discussing the financial grants and incentives available to homeowners, and understanding how buyer and seller preferences may be inspired by resource-efficiency.

“Living green is about making healthy choices that are also easy on your wallet. NAR Green Designees have the necessary resources and relationships to effectively work with you to find your next home or assess your next green project.” said Marc Gould, Senior Vice President of NAR’s Member Development group. NAR’s Green Designation was developed in response to growing consumer awareness of the benefits of resource-efficient homes and buildings. The designation helps consumers understand the positive impact of home performance and identify REALTORS® who can help them realize their green real estate and lifestyle goals.

As an NAR Green Designee, Jordan has gained the knowledge and the tools necessary to become a trusted green resource for Northwest Florida. For more information about Brandon Jordan, please visit Linktree.com/BrandonJordanRealtor or email Brandon.Jordan@northwestfloridarealestateagent.com.

For more information about NAR’s Green Designation, visit green.realtor

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I have earned the Military Relocation Professional MRP Certification - 02/26/2023

I am located close to multiple bases with Tyndall Air Force Base, NSA the Naval Support Activity close by in Bay county. There is also the Eglin Air Force Base in multiple counties stretching Okaloosa and Walton counties in the areas so we have a large military population and I have worked with many military families so this course was rather easy for me. I do recommend it to anyone starting out that will be working with military families or anyone that just wants to show your qualified to work with military families with the designation. 

There is a nice resource guide that you download while taking the course with links and tips on the VA loan process what can and cant be paid by buyers with VA loans, goes over entitlements, funding fees. They also cover how long you have to have served to get a VA loan. 

The course also covers PCS moves along with moving expenses coverages, Rankings, salaries, what you can do as a Realtor to try to make the move a little less stressed before the service member or members get here with pre move checklist. There are links to helpful resources including what to expect with the move if a service member has never made a change of station move before. Sites to refer with weight calculators advising to setup their defense property system account for the move and appointment to have their household moved. 

Tips on service members deployed overview of releases from leases and payments on mortgages may be extended if needed till up to 6 months after being back servicemembers civil relief act SCRA.

Military Kids connect to help parents with starting to line up activities for the new area and whats available. They say its about 6 hours but if your just starting out your likely to want to check out the links as you go for example if your not familiar with the condos approved list for condos that are VA approved units you will want to leave yourself more time.

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Futures trading in Crypto - 02/23/2023

 Original post June 3 2022

If you havent bought or sold any cryptocurrency then you likely dont know that long and shorts are available on many platforms on coins. The Commodity Futures Trading Commission Thursday bought a suit against the crypto company owned by the billionaire Winklevoss brothers, saying it misled regulators as an effort to gain approval for bitcoin futures in 2017.


What I find interesting about this suit allegations is a few things.


With all of the talk of tracking capabilities of on chain transactions when you have centralized wallets that hold all trades its easy to see how even regulators cant track trades.


Here is the original announcement where Gemini confirms they are regulated via CFTC


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New Discord Help Me Buy My New Home - 01/18/2023

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It's jarring to get an email you can no longer access funds - 01/18/2023

 Original post June 19, 2022

This along with any post that I post is not financial advise, I am not a financial advisor. I enjoy the Shark Tank show and Mr. Wonderful isnt my favorite person on there its Barbra Corcoran, I dont always like how Realtors are represented on tv but thats for another post.

Mr. O'leary I do listen to what he would have to say on residuals and he says a few times a season how he made his money from selling a toy company he likes his royalty payments  and licensing. He this week came out and said he cant call a bottom to the crypto market but its healthy for the alt coins which means small cap in stock terms to go through clearing out to the bottom to come out with only strong coins.

He also shared the point of view with bitcoin maxi also known as maximalist they call him Michael Saylor who has called for regulations of coins.  I have thought the decentralization promise and originals would not want to see a centralized bank/ also known as centralization since bitcoin was based on a written whitepaper from an unknown person called Nakamoto.

The promise was just shown in Ukraine the power of crypto being sent to get around banks that were central and have funds arrive automatic direct to their crypto department of finance. Those that didnt agree with the invasion could help support the military. There is of course the flip side that there is the possibility of funds going around money launder measures and know your cusomters with mixers and the black pools and market for criminal activity that I think most associate with the starting of crypto with silk road. The crypto market has come a long way I feel with coin rating tools, coin exchanges contract bug reviews, defi safety outlets such as blockchain scanner tools and auditors of smart contracts for nft projects and coins.

If you at all follow business news CNBC they have crypto shows as does Bloomberg. You will have heard of the 30 billion loss of Terracoin holders. This is  different than trading on a dex meaning decentralized exchanged that gets hacked and loses coins.

This last month that triggered the decline in coin prices as this was advertised as a stable coin with close to 20% returns. That was followed this week with multiple billion dollar older existing crypto wallet companies with millions of customers that they promised staking which is like getting dividends for your coins they are now putting a freeze on funds similar to Robinhood which I was against as that was anti free markets to stop trading with both companies including the one I have funds with Celsius.

They promise a hodl mode which locked your coins with multiple layers of password and 2 factor authentication which was what drew me in addition to a bonus offer of bitcoin small amount with locking of coins I had already on hand called matic/polygon along with it being a older wallet and US company that had under management billions.


BlockScout Blockchain Explorer
CertiK Alert

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I started a new group https://activerain.com/groups/NFT - 01/16/2023


If you were wondering about what an nft was I have started the group for you.

If you wanted to find out where to buy one. If you wanted to find out research tools to know how many have minted in the last hour, also what minting is.

If you wanted to know all time sales for a project, daily sales and volume tracking follow along with the group.

If you wanted to know of other markets not just the largest opensea check it out.

The crypto market is in a bear market along with nft projects so this could be a good time to take a look and get started in the metaverse virtual land and building.



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Top 5 things to consider with nft - 01/15/2023


1. Has this projects team doxxed themselves, meaning are they public facing and out front with who the founders are, this makes them not always but most of the time more accountable if they want to keep a reputation with keeping up promises made with the project.


2. Do they have previous project experience, how did that go?


3. Research tools look at what blockchain they will be on, have there already been projects like this one how did they do?


4.How long are you willing to wait to see if they live up to their whitepaper and roadmap? Is this a flip or hold?

5.How much do you want to invest in this project and in the market overall how much are you wanting to diversify into new tech and its long term potential?

Bonus here for you, many articles have been written about do they have twitter followers, do they have active discord and telegram communities. *You can buy followers and bots in all social platforms* @followeraudit

While I do check a project does have a website and has socials, I tend to lean toward discord and check to see they have an active team that answers questions before feeling ok with picking up more than one of anything but thats me.

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DALL·E mini by hugging face AI tool - 01/14/2023


I grew up in Columbus Ohio, my favorite pro sports teams were the Cleveland Indians now called Guardians, the Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Cavs so I had to try out the new tool mini that is open to the public for the last couple weeks. This tool is an artificial intelligence tool that you can make any query (search term) on to see what it spits out for results. If you plug in videos games, tv shows, movies its seems to have good results and knows what you are talking about I havent tried little known titles but there is enough to make it worth checking out in my opinion. This is all original work not made until you send it in, if you do the same term you will get new returns as well for the same topic. This one was a mash up of Cleveland pro teams.  


So why share this on ActiveRain, well I would say this is to prove that this is a person typing this and not a robot also lets you get to know the person behind the blog a bit when we move to incorporate more than real estate only blog post. 

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Wondering if any architects will gain inspiration from AI - 01/13/2023


I had to of course see what kind of home an openai source based on gtp3 machines would come up with when putting in the term Buy A Florida Vacation Home matching my website name https://www.BuyAFloridaVacationHome.com

the program is said to be a smaller version of gpt3 using 12 billion parameters instead of 175 billion. It is still interesting to me and creative and it only takes a minute to get results.  It said to be a neural network developed based on OpenAI another thing Elon Musk has his hand in is OpenAI. This smaller version uses a dataset of text-image pairs instead of very broad dataset like gpt3. If you google hackermoon thats normally a good site for tech specs on topics. 

The sixth picture roof watch tower looks really interesting. 

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