Harry Norman, Realtors® EcoBroker Instrumental in “Greening” First Multiple Listing Service

Posted by Alisa Bennett-Hart — August 3, 2008

ATLANTA – (Aug. 4, 2008) – Harry Norman, Realtors® Buckhead Office sales associate and EcoBroker, Carson Matthews, and his fellow sales associate, Cotten Alston, successfully lobbied the First Multiple Listing Service (FMLS) to include green features in their search engine.Harry Norman, Realtors logoDue to their efforts, starting August 7, 2008, any potential buyer searching for a home in the FMLS database will be able to search for green features, which include features such as low-flush toilets and tankless water heaters, in much the same way as they now search for the number of bedrooms and baths they prefer. This is a monumental achievement in that very few MLSs around the country currently offer the ability to search for “green” features within a home.As Matthews said, “The ability for the consumer to search for green features in a home is just the first step in making sustainability the standard rather than the exception in what is available in homes of the future.” FMLS President, Cantey Davis, is excited to offer these new search options. “Adding green search enhancements to our system is a direct response to feedback we’ve received from our members. We are committed to serving their needs and this is just one more way to do so,” said Davis.Matthews’s efforts have gained him national recognition in the green real estate community. He was a featured panelist at the recent EcoBroker Annual Conference & Expo held in Denver, Colorado. The two-day conference and expo showcased national speakers discussing the hottest green real estate topics such as affordability, green financing, technologies and real estate applications, greening your local Multiple Listing Service (MLS) and public relations success for your real estate business.About EcoBrokersEcoBroker is the program designed to help communities, across the United States and internationally, take advantage of and encourage energy efficiency and sustainable design in real estate properties. Through EcoBroker educational courses, real estate professionals acquire the knowledge and resources to become Certified EcoBrokers® and assist clients in their pursuit of properties with green features and marketing of properties with green features. The Company serves real estate professionals, vendors, and the community by carrying out its mission to improve the quality of buildings, while reducing their impact on our natural resources and environment. Harry Norman, Realtors® is home to the largest group of EcoBroker certified Realtors® in one office in the world.About Harry Norman, Realtors®Founded in 1930, Harry Norman, Realtors® is Atlanta’s oldest residential real estate firm with 20 offices and over 1,000 sales associates. Harry Norman, Realtors® is a wholly-owned subsidiary of HomeServices of America, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate. HomeServices is the second-largest full-service independent residential real estate brokerage firm in the U.S. Through its affiliation with HomeServices of America, Harry Norman, Realtors® is part of a real estate family of 20,000 sales associates spanning 19 states. Harry Norman, Realtors® also achieves international exposure through membership in such exclusive real estate networks as Leading Real Estate Companies of the WorldTM the largest network of independent residential real estate firms, with 650 members representing 4,700 office and 120,000 associates across the U.S. and in over 20 countries. For additional information, visit www.harrynorman.com.

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