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