Brokers and agents in Chicago and surrounding markets can now highlight energy efficiency and other "green" improvements to existing homes using new multiple listing service data fields -- and back up their claims by uploading as many as 14 green disclosure documents.Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED), an MLS serving 40,000 real estate brokers, agents and appraisers in the metro Chicago area, says it has expanded the number of "green fields" for each MLS listing and added verification capabilities to help members keep up with green building and remodeling trends. MRED's coverage area includes northern Illinois, southern Wisconsin and northwest Indiana.By allowing listing agents to upload documentation of green features, including energy efficiency improvements made to existing homes, MRED hopes to fight the practice of "greenwashing" -- exaggerated or unsubstantiated claims about a home's green features.MRED's compliance department will confirm that uploaded ...
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