At least in the pacific northwest. The Northwest Multiple Listing Service plans to update their program to include ways to identify sustainable properties. MLS reports will now have check boxes that tell about a home's green features...like whether a home used recycled materials in construction, has energy efficient appliances, or meets certification standards like LEED or Built Green. Actually, it was only a matter of time before the real estate industry responded to customer demand. We will see this change incorporated in MLS services across the country. All it takes is a few tweaks to the system...hopefully these systems will also incorporate ways to search for real estate agents, architects, builders, etc. that have sustainability (LEED) certifications. As the market continues to slow, you will see more people involved in the real estate industry distinguish themselves from others by obtaining certifications like LEED AP. It makes good business sense and is the proper response to customer demand. Thanks Ashley!
++Urban Ashley [website]