Green the MLS

What is a Green MLS?

A "green" Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system provides data entry fields to identify green features, certifications, and Home Energy Rating System (HERS). This helps agents and homebuyers search for energy efficient homes, and aids builders and sellers market their green buildings.

In its best form, good Green MLS design reflects a set of fields that will be easily used and hard to mis-use by either traditional agents or appraisers (i.e., the agents/appraisers that do not have additional green training). The best design includes a combination of carefully selected fields and an MLS policy that requires that document attachments be included (either online or manually) to back up the data entered in the fields. This approach prevents green-washing and allows the buyer and seller to define both what is green and the value of those green features.

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