For real estate agents, showing off for-sale homes' "green" features could be a boon to their business, but the tool that nearly all use -- the multiple listing service -- often does not have a way to do so. The National Association of Realtors today released a new "Green MLS Implementation Guide" designed to help MLSs promote energy-efficient and environmentally friendly homes by implementing designated "green" data entry fields. The proposed fields include verified certifications such as LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for Homes and Home Energy Rating System (HERS), and features not verified by a third party such as solar panels or Energy Star appliances. NAR's 2013 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers found that 36 percent of buyers considered heating and co...
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