Public Demand Exceeds MLS Fields

Real Estate Agent with Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 SA5376460000

During the next few years consumers will become even more interested in adding energy efficient features to their homes according to the 2016 NAR Survey.  Will your MLS be able to offer the fields necessary to market these homes' features?  Will your MLS be able to stay up to speed with consumers' adding these features to their home? 


Currently, most MLS databases do not have the fields to keep up with existing green fields, let alone new technologies currently in the works.   How do I know this? Because my committee is working on version three of updating our Arizona Regional MLS and I stay on top of new technologies and interest in energy efficiency. 


When energy efficient features are added, they aren't always visible to the naked eye.  Features that lower utility bills are oftentimes located inside the walls and in the attic. Rarely ever does a realtor look inside the walls or in the attic when showing homes! 


Some of the fields that we'll be adding to our MLS include the following: 


Home Energy Score 

Smart Home Appliances

Recycled flooring

Recycled Countertops

FSC Certified wood

Alternative Fuel 

Transit Score

Walk Score


If you're working on adding green features to your MLS make sure to visit the for the guidelines and Green Toolkit  from the National Association of REALTORS®.



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Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Jan - I just checked our MLS and right now we have fields for:

HERS Rated
LEED for Homes Cert.
NAHB/NGBS-ICC 700 Cert.     
Solar PV System
Solar Thermal System     
Green Disclosure (Energy)

I'm sure we'll be adding more. I just wish we had more homes that could put information in those fields.

Jun 05, 2017 01:37 PM #1
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Dick Greenberg thanks for sharing your list!  Actually there are a lot more fields that can be added anytime a home is Energy Star Certified.  Your homes might have WaterSense® or high efficiency faucets, radiant barrier insulation, compact plumbing core,  low-e windows, and energy star appliances.   Research one of your production builders to see what they include, especially Meritage Homes as they are known for more features.  You might find this interesting:

Jun 05, 2017 01:44 PM #2
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Our MLS system seems to do an Ok job of keeping up but not the best it can do. It also requires the agents do a bit more work to get the fields filled in.

Jun 05, 2017 02:25 PM #3
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

Jan thanks for working on this committee and making our forms so much better. Great job!

Jun 05, 2017 02:33 PM #4
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Interesting Joe Pryor .  Part of an MLS is having definitions with the features.  Do you have "mouse over" definitions so that if in doubt there's a ready answer?  Know that NAR has requested that all MLS's have standard definitions for green fields and the first deadline is January, 2018.  Will be interesting to see how many of the 800+ MLS's around the country comply!

Jun 05, 2017 02:34 PM #5
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

You're welcome Anna Banana Kruchten, CRS !  We have a LOT of changes to make so stay tuned.  Probably will take some time to get these implemented. 

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