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Discussing aspects of “green” real estate among a panel of experts at a recent Reno/Sparks Association of REALTORS® event, NNRMLS outlined many of the ways changes to its listing input forms will assist members in documenting and searching for energy efficient and smart features within the MLS system.

Mike Nolan

On Thursday, April 26th, 2018, Moderator Mike Nolan, Broker/Owner Nolan Realty & Investments, asked what NNRMLS has done to help our listing and selling agent members to identify green and smart home features in the MLS.

NNRMLS Director of Member Services and Training, Andrew Cristancho, said the most striking enhancements that will be instituted are visual aides placed directly onto the listing input form. These visual cues will include a leaf icon for energy efficient, or “green” features, and a light bulb for smart features.

Green Icons


Andrew Cristancho

Speaking alongside a professional appraiser, a Nevada lawmaker, solar panel experts and an NV Energy representative, Andrew described when launched, the updated NNRMLS forms will have the green and smart features distributed within the appropriate categories, but not necessarily green and smart categories, in order to fit into the flow of documenting the listings.

For instance “solar” appears in three feature categories including heating/cooling, water heater, and utilities. That does not mean that solar will be under-reported; once selected by the listing agent they are also auto-populated into a sort of “green features bucket.” Anything added to this green features list will then be easily searchable for appraisers and buyers’ agents who want to find one or more of those features for their clients, Andrew continued.

Energy Star Appliances will also be located in several field categories where the appearance of an appliance would make sense; such as the kitchen and water heater categories.

“We’ve also added what would be considered a best-in-class enhancement to our input forms – we’ve added a dedicated section for several Home Energy Efficiency Verifications and/or Certifications including HERS, LEED, Energy Star Home Certification, National Green Building Standard Certification-NGBS and the Home Energy Score (HES)”, Andrew reported. “This innovative method of capturing Home Energy Verifications and Certifications takes this information out of the analog and into the digital world where it can be shared easily with consumers, thereby assisting them in making the best home-purchase decisions.” See section from listing input form below:

Home Energy Section of Listing Input Form

NNRMLS will release new listing input forms later this month. While our team looks forward to implementing these significant green and smart changes for our broker, agent and appraiser members, we’re also excited about other form changes – more details will follow in future blog posts.

Next Steps:

  • Check out NNRMLS’s blog post called  NNRMLS Gives Sneak Peek of Soon-to-Be-Released Input Forms to find out more about the coming updates to NNRMLS forms!
  • Stay tuned for future notifications from NNRMLS on:
    • The official launch date of our updated 2018 Forms
    • Which NNRMLS forms are changing and what those changes are
    • What you need to know about updating your templates in Instanet
    • Green and smart features on residential listing input forms
    • Home Energy Certifications on residential listing input forms
    • The term Common Interest Communities (CICs) will replace HOA on our listing input forms

How do I make sure that I receive notifications from NNRMLS?

  • Make sure to add info@nnrmls.com to your trusted email senders, so you don’t miss out on important email announcements from NNRMLS
  • Subscribe to the NNRMLS Blog: The MLS Post so that you are always up-to-date with the latest news from your MLS

Additional important information:

Green Information from NAR

NAR’s Green Designation

CMLS’s Green MLS Section Council

NNRMLS Director of Member Services and Training Andrew Cristancho