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Homes with Close Proximity to Electric Vehicle Charging Stations List for 1.5 Times More
Realtor.com® analysis finds that you'll pay a premium to live in a metro that accommodates electric vehicles SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 22, 2019 -- A new analysis by realtor.com, the Home of Home Search, released today found that home prices in the nation's top 20 neighborhoods that are most accommodating to electric vehicles are listed 1.5 times higher than their surrounding metro area on average, and 2.6 times higher than the rest of the country. Nine of the top 20 ZIP codes are in California. In honor of Earth Day, realtor.comⓇ used data from OpenChargeMap to track 19,743 charging stations mapped across 6,980 ZIP codes, and then analyzed the housing markets of the top 20 areas with the most electric vehicle charging stations. According to the analysis, the combined median listing price for the top 20 ZIP codes is $782,000, 1.5 times higher than their surrounding metro area on average, and 2.6 times higher than the rest of the country. Half of homes in these ZIP codes sell in 75 days, 15 days slower than their surrounding metro area on average, and 10 days slower than the rest of the country, consistent with sales trends in pricer areas. "Our data shows there's definitely a link between the prevalence of electric vehicle charging stations and higher home prices," says Danielle Hale, chief economist, realtor.com®. "But there's a difference between correlation and causation. The trend we're seeing in the data is most likely a result of the fact that wealthier homeowners are more likely to purchase expensive electric vehicles. But regardless of the cause, if you're shopping for a home in a ZIP with an abundance of electric vehicle charging stations, you'll likely pay a premium." The top 20 markets represented in the data all fall within nine states, with a large majority of the ZIP codes in California. ZIP code 92618 in Irvine, Calif. has the most charging stations, while the top 20 ZIP codes have an average of 30.1 charging stations each. It stands to reason that California leads the nation in charging stations, given electric car sales make up 10 percent of all new cars sold in the state, outpacing all other states in the nation. Beyond Tesla's manufacturing presence in California, there are several contributing factors that have led to increased awareness of EVs in the state, including the state's Zero-Emission Vehicle Program, California's EV rebate, coastal political leanings (ie pro-cleantech, pro-innovation), higher than average wages. Research has shown a connection between the fact that California highways allow EVs to drive in HOV lanes and EV adoption, but this benefit to EV owners is not exclusive to California. Outside of California, the most EV-friendly housing markets can be found in Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Nevada, New York, Ohio, South Carolina, and Texas. Although significantly more affordable than the majority of the EV-accommodating ZIPS, the analysis found that homes in close proximity to EV charging stations still sell at a premium, with non-California ZIPS seeing median listing prices that are still 1.5 times higher than their surrounding metro median, and 2.0 times higher than the U.S. median listing price, on average. Top 20 ZIP Codes For Electric Vehicles Rank based on Number of EV Charging Stations Per ZIP Code Methodology: Zip codes were ranked by number of EV charging stations located within the zip code. Housing trends such as median listing price come from the realtor.com® residential listings database for listings actively for sale during March 2019. Each zip code reported here represents the top ranked zip code in its respective metropolitan area. Reported averages for the top 20 were weighted by each market's number of active listings during March 2019. EV charging station data from OpenChargeMap was accessed on April 1, 2019 which at the time contained records for nearly 20,000 (19,743) charging stations mapped across the United States in 6,980 ZIP codes. About realtor.com® Realtor.com®, The Home of Home Search℠, offers an extensive inventory of for-sale and rental listings, and access to information, tools and professional expertise that help people move confidently through every step of their home journey. It pioneered the world of digital real estate 20 years ago, and today is the trusted resource for home buyers, sellers and dreamers by making all things home simple, efficient and enjoyable. Realtor.com® is operated by News Corp [NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA] [ASX: NWS, NWSLV] subsidiary Move, Inc. under a perpetual license from the National Association of REALTORS®. For more information, visit realtor.com.
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Realtors Report Value in Promoting Green Features in Both Residential and Commercial Listings
WASHINGTON (April 19, 2019) - With Earth Day right around the corner, members of the National Association of Realtors® are doubling down on their commitment to promote environmentally friendly home features, adopt green business practices and encourage a culture of sustainability in real estate. With this in mind, NAR is releasing the REALTORS® and Sustainability 2019 Report, which found that consumer demand in real estate continues to trend eco-friendly. The report is in its third iteration and stems from NAR's Sustainability Program. It surveyed Realtors® about sustainability issues in the residential and commercial real estate markets and the preferences they are seeing in consumers in their communities. According to the report, 59% of respondents found that residential consumers were very or somewhat interested in sustainability. Seven in 10 residential and commercial agents and brokers reported that promoting energy efficiency in listings is either somewhat or very valuable. "The state of the environment is important to our members and their business practices, and the report shows that sustainability impacts consumers' home buying decisions as well," said NAR President John Smaby, a second-generation Realtor® from Edina, Minnesota and broker at Edina Realty. "Realtors® remain on the cutting edge of sustainability and continue to lead the conversation about energy efficiency in real estate." A large majority of respondents (83%) said that solar panels were available in their markets, and 36% said that solar panels increased the perceived property value. However, only 8% of those surveyed said that solar panels decreased the perceived amount of time a home spent on the market. Solar panels are most prevalent in Northeast (available in 94% of markets) and respondents in the West were the most likely to report they increase perceived property value (41%). Twenty-five percent of brokers indicated that tiny homes - homes that are 600 square feet or less - are available in their markets, a 2% increase from 2018. Only 13% of respondents said that wind farms were available in their markets. The transportation and commuting features that Realtors® stated are very or somewhat important to their clients include: easy access to highways (82%), short commute times and distance to work (81%) and walkability (51%) - the same as 2018. Forty-one percent of respondents were aware that their Multiple Listing Service, or MLS, has green data fields, compared to only 14% that were unaware. Among those that do have green data fields, 35% of respondents use them to promote green features, 26% use to promote energy information and 14% use to promote green certifications. Realtors® also revealed how comfortable they are answering questions about home performance and efficiency; 39% said they are comfortable or extremely comfortable. Forty percent of respondents say they are confident or extremely confident in their ability to connect clients with green lenders; only 6% responded that they are not at all confident. When asked what they consider as the top market issues and considerations regarding sustainability, agents and brokers named understanding lending options for energy upgrades or solar panels (38%), the lack of information and materials provided to real estate professionals (32%) and improving the energy efficiency of existing housing stock (31%). Respondents were also asked about sustainability in commercial real estate. Seventy percent of agents and brokers indicated that promoting energy efficiency in their commercial listings was very or somewhat valuable. Sixteen percent of respondents reported that their Commercial Information Exchange had green data fields and that those fields promote energy information and green features. The top building features that clients specified as very or somewhat important to their agents or brokers were utility/operation costs (81%), efficient use of lighting (67%) and indoor air quality (64%). NAR initiated the Sustainability Program as a platform for dialogue on sustainability for Realtors®, brokers, allied trade associations, and consumers. The program's efforts focus on coordination and articulation of NAR's existing sustainability resources, while also supporting a growing area of interest for consumers, helping members to assist home buyers and sellers. The REALTOR® Sustainability Program invited a sample of 112,035 active Realtors® to participate in an online survey pertaining to sustainability issues facing consumers and the industry, resulting in 6,047 usable responses. NAR plans to use this report to better benchmark Realtor® understanding of sustainability and create resources to help Realtors® better serve clients surrounding sustainability topics. The National Association of Realtors® is America's largest trade association, representing more than 1.3 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.
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Consumer Interest Trends Towards Sustainability, say Realtors
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It's Not Cheap Being Green, but Eco-Friendly Homes Do Not Always Cost More
SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 19, 2018 -- Homes with eco-friendly features do not always command a premium price tag in today's hot housing market, according to analysis from realtor.com®, a leading online real estate destination. In honor of Earth Day, realtor.com® analyzed current listings in the top 200 U.S. metros to determine the market availability of "green" homes with any of seven eco-friendly features, such as solar panels, smart thermostats or bamboo floors, and evaluated how much more – or less – these homes may cost a prospective homebuyer. "Although Southern and Western states still lead the way in green technology adoption, eco-friendly features have grown in popularity across many regions of the United States," said Javier Vivas, director of economic research for realtor.com®. "Many buyers have come to expect standard features, and homes integrating specialty green features are becoming more mainstream. However, in today's inventory-starved market, location still reigns supreme and the price of land can easily override the allure of special eco-friendly features." The "greenest" metro of them all Prospective homebuyers in the Fort Collins, Colo. metro area have the highest likelihood of finding a home with integrated "green" features, with 36 percent of its April 2018 listings noting at least one sustainable living feature. Following closely behind are the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas and San Jose/Sunnyvale/Santa Clara, Calif., metro areas at 35 percent of listings each. Although homes with eco-friendly features are four percent more expensive than the median home price in the Dallas metro area, there is essentially no price difference between "green" homes and the median home price in Fort Collins. Notably, homebuyers looking in Sunnyvale/San Jose/Santa Clara may find homes with sustainable living features for five percent less than the local median home price. Of the top 10 "green" metros, buyers in Tulsa, Okla., will pay the biggest premium – 19 percent – if buying a home with existing eco-friendly features is a priority. Those in Salinas, Calif., have the biggest price advantage, as "green" listings are 14 percent below the median home price. However, while three California metros show that "green" homes are less expensive relative to the median home price in their respective areas, keep in mind that the median home price in each metro is significantly higher than those in other states. Solar panels soak up the sun in California and Arizona California dominated seven of the top ten markets with the highest concentration of listings featuring solar panels, with the San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif., area leading the list at 6.1 percent of total listed homes. Salinas, Calif., and Arizona's Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale metro areas follow closely behind at 4.8 percent and 4.6 percent of total listings featuring solar panels, respectively. Good news for buyers who want integrated solar panels in their new home: every market aside from Prescott, Ariz., and Fresno, Calif., showed that prices of solar panel homes were the same or less than the median home price in each market. In Salinas, Calif., buyers save on average $233,850 on homes featuring solar panels when compared to the metro's median listing price of $917,050. However, in Prescott, Ariz., new homeowners will need to add $78,200 to the metro's median home price of $400,050. Programmable thermostats heat up home prices in Oklahoma, Alabama and Texas Homes featuring programmable thermostats will likely cost homebuyers more, adding up to 20 percent in Montgomery, Ala., 17 percent in Tulsa, Okla., 15 percent in the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas metro area, and 12 percent in the Oklahoma City metro area. The Tulsa metro area has the highest proportion of smart thermostat home listings at 31 percent, followed by San Antonio at 28 percent and Fort Collins, Colo. at 25 percent. Some of the price differences may be attributed to the fact that median home prices in these four metros are all below the national median price of $280,000, ranging from $176,944 for Montgomery, Ala., to $239,650 for Oklahoma City. ENERGY STAR-rated homes shine bright (and costly) in Connecticut Four Connecticut metros have the highest concentration of ENERGY STAR-rated* home listings currently on the market, but most homebuyers will need to pay between 21 to 26 percent more than the median home price per square foot. ENERGY STAR-rated homes make up four percent of current listings in each of Connecticut's Norwich-New London, Hartford, and New Haven-Milford metro areas, adding 26 percent, 21 percent and 24 percent more to the price per square foot, respectively. ENERGY STAR-rated homes in the Greensboro-High Point, N.C., metro, the fifth highest concentration market at 1 percent of total listings, will cost buyers 41 percent more per square foot. Of the top five metros, the only one that does not require a premium is the Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk metro area, where ENERGY STAR-rated homes account for slightly over 3 percent of active listings. While the median home price is the most expensive of the top five metros at $792,050, buyers can save $37,050 on average for a ENERGY STAR-rated home. Top Markets with Green Amenities Ranking of the top 200 largest U.S. metros with the highest percentage of active listings featuring at least one of seven "green" amenities in April 2018 Top Markets: Solar Ranking of the top 200 largest U.S. metros with the highest percentage of active listings featuring solar panels in April 2018 Top Markets: Programmable Thermostats Ranking of the top 200 largest U.S. metros with the highest percentage of active listings featuring programmable thermostats in April 2018 Top Markets: Energy Star-Rated Homes Ranking of the top 200 largest U.S. metros with the highest percentage of active listings featuring Energy Star-rated homes in April 2018 Methodology Realtor.com® looked at the active home listings in April 2018 to see which of the top 200 largest U.S. metro areas had the highest share of homes that included "green" features. To qualify for the list, the metro must have at least 30 listings that included the "green" feature. The eco-friendly features included for analysis are solar panels, bamboo flooring, smart thermostats, ENERGY STAR-rated homes, Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) ventilation, dual pane windows and ENERGY STAR appliances. * ENERGY STAR  is a voluntary energy efficiency program managed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). New homes that earn the ENERGY STAR are at least 15 percent more efficient than those built to code. For more information: https://www.energystar.gov/about About realtor.com® Realtor.com® is the trusted resource for home buyers, sellers and dreamers, offering the most comprehensive source of for-sale properties, among competing national sites, and the information, tools and professional expertise to help people move confidently through every step of their home journey. It pioneered the world of digital real estate 20 years ago, and today helps make all things home simple, efficient and enjoyable. Realtor.com® is operated by News Corp [NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA] [ASX: NWS, NWSLV] subsidiary Move, Inc. under a perpetual license from the National Association of REALTORS®. For more information, visit realtor.com®.
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Solar Power Pays Off in These 10 Midwestern Cities
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Majority of Realtors® Say Clients Interested in Sustainability
  WASHINGTON (April 6, 2017) — Growing consumer interest and demand for greener, more sustainable properties is driving a dialogue between Realtors® and homebuyers and sellers. Over half of Realtors® find that consumers have interest in real estate sustainability issues and practices, according to the National Association of Realtors®' recent REALTORS® and Sustainability report. The report, stemming from NAR's new Sustainability Program, surveyed Realtors® about sustainability issues facing consumers in the real estate market and ways Realtors® are setting their own goals to reduce energy usage. "As consumers' interest in sustainability grows, Realtors® understand the necessity of promoting sustainability in their real estate practice, such as marketing energy efficiency in property listings to homebuyers," said NAR President William E. Brown, a Realtor® from Alamo, California and founder of Investment Properties. "The goal of the NAR Sustainability Program is to provide leadership and strategies on topics of sustainability to benefit members, consumers and communities." To meet growing consumer interest, more Multiple Listing Services are incorporating data entry fields to identify a property's green features; 43 percent of respondents report their MLS has green data fields, and only 19 percent do not. Realtors® see great value in promoting energy efficiency in listings with seven out of 10 feeling strongly about the benefits in promoting those features to clients. The survey asked respondents about renewable energy and its impact on the real estate market. A majority of agents and brokers (80 percent) said that solar panels are available in their market; forty-two percent said solar panels increased the perceived property value. Twenty-four percent of brokers said that tiny homes were available in their market, compared to 61 percent that reported tiny homes were not yet available. When asked about involvement with clients and green properties, 27 percent of agents and brokers were involved with 1 to 5 properties that had green features in the last 12 months. Seventy percent of members worked with no properties that had green features, leaving a great deal of room for future growth. The home features that Realtors® said clients consider as very or somewhat important include a home's efficient use of lighting (50 percent), a smart/connected home (40 percent), green community features such as bike lanes and green spaces (37 percent), landscaping for water conservation (32 percent), and renewable energy systems such as solar and geothermal (23 percent). When it comes to the sustainable neighborhood features for which clients are looking, 60 percent of Realtors® listed parks and outdoor recreation, 37 percent listed access to local food and nine percent listed recycling. The transportation and commuting features of a community that Realtors® listed as very or somewhat important to their clients included walkability (51 percent), public transportation (31 percent) and bike lanes/paths (39 percent). NAR initiated the Sustainability Program as a platform for dialogue on sustainability for Realtors®, brokers, allied trade associations, and consumers. The program's efforts focus on coordination and articulation of NAR's existing sustainability resources, while also supporting a growing area of interest for consumers, helping members to assist home buyers and sellers. To further position NAR as a leader in real estate sustainability topics with consumers, Realtors®, brokers and allied trade associations, the REALTOR® Sustainability Program surveyed Realtors® pertaining to sustainability issues facing consumers and the industry. NAR plans to use this report to better benchmark Realtor® understanding of sustainability. The National Association of Realtors®, "The Voice for Real Estate," is America's largest trade association, representing over 1.2 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.
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Solar Power is an Untapped Resource in These 10 Cities
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MRIS Joins Home Energy Information Accelerator and Commits to Expand Energy Efficiency in the Mid-Atlantic Region
May 28, 2015 -- Today the Energy Department announced two new Better Buildings Accelerators, which will convene leaders to focus on key solutions to expanding energy efficiency in the residential sector. Partners will focus on expanding awareness of homes' energy efficiency and streamlining the processes used to help consumers improve the efficiency of their homes. MRIS has joined the Home Energy Information Accelerator and is committed to reflecting the most accurate energy efficient attributes of residential properties in the Mid-Atlantic region. The Better Buildings Home Energy Information Accelerator supports the President's Climate Action Plan with a goal to accelerate investment in home energy efficiency improvement projects across the country. Today, 32 partners were welcomed by the Energy Department for their commitments to advance home energy efficiency across the country. The Home Energy Information Accelerator brings together leaders in real estate and energy efficiency to expand the availability and use of reliable home energy information at relevant points in residential real estate transactions. Accelerator partners will develop and demonstrate replicable, sustainable approaches that make energy-related information—such as a home's efficiency certification or its estimated energy usage – easily available through multiple listing services and other reports. "Mid-Atlantic residents are environmentally conscious and want their homes to reflect this," said Jonathan Hill, Vice President of Marketing and Communications at MRIS. "We want to make it easier for real estate professionals to help sellers promote the green features in their listings and to help buyers identify these homes which are more energy efficient and eco-friendly." To better inform consumers regarding a property's energy efficiency, MRIS, the industry-leading Mid-Atlantic Multiple Listing Service (MLS) that facilitates nearly $125 million a day in real estate transactions, is adding 14 new MLS high performance home (HPH) fields including ENERGY STAR Cooling and Heating Systems, LEED for Homes certification, and HERS index scores (Home Energy Rating System). This will allow real estate professionals to better identify HPH features and certifications so that potential buyers can make more informed purchasing decisions. "By improving the efficiency of buildings across the country, Better Buildings partners are saving money by saving energy, creating more sustainable communities, and helping to protect future generations from the impacts of climate change," said Under Secretary for Science and Energy Franklin Orr. "Expanding the program to include water savings and the residential sector means that American families can be a part of this successful partnership that cuts costs and pollution." Better Buildings Accelerators convene leaders across sectors and building types to address persistent barriers that stand in the way of greater energy efficiency. As Better Buildings Home Energy Information Accelerator partners share their successes with the market, resources will be posted in the Better Buildings Residential Program Solution Center. The Solution Center is an online tool designed to help organizations explore the solutions tested and proven by partners. As a cornerstone of the President's Climate Action Plan, Better Buildings aims to make commercial, public, industrial, and residential buildings 20% more energy efficient over the next decade. This means saving hundreds of billions of dollars on energy bills, reducing GHG emissions, and creating thousands of jobs. Through Better Buildings, public and private sector organizations across the country are working together to share and replicate positive gains in energy efficiency. For a detailed progress report on the Better Buildings Initiative, and for more information on how to join these partners and advance your own energy efficiency work, visit: http://betterbuildingssolutioncenter.energy.gov. ABOUT MRIS MRIS is a leading provider of real estate information technology and one of the nation's leading multiple listing services (MLS), facilitating over $45 billion in system wide sales in 2014. The company supports over 45,000 real estate professionals in the Mid-Atlantic region, including Maryland, Northern Virginia, Washington, D.C. and parts of Pennsylvania, Delaware and West Virginia. MRIS provides its customers with a portfolio of best-in-class desktop, mobile and cloud-based technologies to improve the real estate transaction process for both real estate professionals and homebuyers and sellers. For more information, please visit MRIS.com or MRIShomes.com to search for thousands of available homes in the Mid-Atlantic region.
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New NAR Guide Helps MLSs Highlight Green Homes and Features
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Authentisign Speeds Real Estate Transactions
Guest Contributor Kay Pratt of RE/MAX sends us a great testimonial about Authentisign offered by Instanet Solutions.  Kay says: I have been using Authentisign for over two years now to speed the processing of real estate transactions for my clients. As most everyone knows, real estate transactions require a TON of paperwork. There are offers to sign, along with counteroffers, addendums, treatments, repairs and replacements (TRR) documents, contract extensions, etc. And this is all BEFORE the closing occurs. In the past the fax machine was our best friend. I would constantly be faxing documents for clients to sign, picked up and transferring signed documents, and trying to keep track which document was the latest version. The entire process was very inefficient and was especially problematic when clients were out of town or worse yet, traveling for work. If clients were in Edmond the process wasn’t bad, and even in the Oklahoma City metro area it was workable, but if a client was moving from California and buying a house in Oklahoma, the process was very cumbersome. Clients would have to find a fax machine, which can be challenging on weekends or late at night, print the document, sign it, then fax it back to me. I would have to sign it, scan it, then email it to the other Realtor. The entire process was challenging at best. All of my real estate documents are kept in a program called Transaction Desk, and I could quickly create a document there and send it to Authentisign for digital signatures. In Authentisign I set up the emails of my clients and anyone else who may need to sign a document, load the document, and then send it for digital signature. Authentisign then sends an email to my client with a link to a signature page. They create a login and Authentisign handles the digital signature and ensures everything is secure, encrypted and legal for use in Oklahoma. This has significantly sped up the signing of documents, especially for distant or traveling clients. My clients LOVE the process since it is so much faster and more efficient than tracking down a fax machine. All the documents are kept in Transaction Desk so we can pull them up at any time, send them via email or fax, or just save and/or print them if needed. And since real estate transactions are time sensitive, this makes sure we meet our deadlines and don’t default on a contract offer." To View The Original Blog Post Click Here! To Learn More About Authentisign and Instanet Solutions Please Click Here!
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DotLoop Introduces New Edition to Make Its Collaborative Workspace a Revenue Stream for REALTOR® Associations
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DotLoop Powers 23 New Michigan Real Estate Offices to Meet the Demand of Today’s Buyer and Seller
The move towards completely electronic real estate transactions is quickly becoming the norm throughout the industry. Recently, Michigan agents joined a growing number of real estate professionals across the country as 23 offices began using DotLoop in the month of April to complete deals electronically and increase efficiency. In response to the growing presence of mobile technology among consumers, REALTORS® use DotLoop to leverage technology, meeting a growing demand to buy and sell homes online. For years, real estate agents and brokers advertised listings online, yet failed to employ closing or transaction functions in the same online space. According to the 2010 National Association of REALTORS® Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, the share of buyers who searched "frequently" online for their home rose to 89 percent in 2010. DotLoop delivers that solution for real estate agents and the home buyers they serve. Using what's known as a "collaborative workspace," agents share and adjust documents with clients in real-time, anywhere they have Internet access. When all negotiations are complete, electronic signatures are used to finalize the contracts quickly and securely. Agents across the country using the "collaborative workspace" are completing deals quicker and easier than before. "This will set us apart from other agents in how easy it is to make offers on our listings," said Darne Ridgley, REALTOR® with Keller Williams. "The client view will be easy to explain and the co-op agents will not have any trouble viewing it either." While transactions may only be initiated by DotLoop authorized agents, it's available to the cooperative agent receiving the initiation for free. This open source engagement with other agents allows transactions to maintain transparency and simplicity with the home buyer's and seller's interests in mind. Jim Bowling of RE/MAX Preferred Group of Southern Ohio said, "Depending how you look at it, it could mean the difference of getting a signature at 1 p.m. or 5 p.m. once my client gets off work. My clients sign contracts at work, in seconds." DotLoop helps an agent overcome the inefficiencies of the traditional real estate process and meet the demands of today's home buyers and sellers. By leveraging technology, both agents and their brokers position themselves for future success. Agents across the country continue to adopt DotLoop's collaborative workspace with nearly 10,000 new users added every month. In the midst of a national expansion, DotLoop continues to simplify the home buying and selling process for agents and clients in New York, Ohio, Florida and more to come over the next year. About DotLoop Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, DotLoop is transforming the real estate industry by providing a collaborative workspace where any real estate agent can share and sign transaction documents. As the leading provider of collaborative negotiation services, DotLoop is available to service all real estate professionals throughout the United States and Canada. The innovative DotLoop platform is a collaborative, wholly web-based negotiation platform that lets users add, adjust, approve, and sign documents digitally – addressing the challenges of security, efficiency, and overhead costs in today's real estate industry. Learn more about DotLoop.  
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Earth Day 2011: Doing Business Online Reduces Environmental Scourge
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Kodak Reports Significant Progress on Sustainability Goals
ROCHESTER, NY, April 18 — Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE:EK) today reported that it has reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 49%, closing in on its goal for a 50% reduction by the end of 2012 under its current set of Sustainability Goals. Since the baseline year of 2002, Kodak has achieved a GHG reduction of more than 1.5 million tons, the equivalent of taking 350,000 cars off the road. Additionally, Kodak demonstrated its commitment to energy efficiency by continuing to deliver ENERGY STAR® qualified products. Since 2009, 96% of all eligible Kodak products have qualified for this standard, which is reserved for the most energy efficient products in a category. Kodak's current ENERGY STAR products include document scanners, consumer inkjet printers, digital picture frames and a variety of accessories for consumer electronics. Kodak's Sustainability Goals are the latest in a series of voluntary environmental and sustainability focused goals dating back to 1998. The current goals set progress expectations in the categories of social responsibility, product responsibility and operational responsibility. Additional highlights of progress through 2010 also include: Decreasing Kodak's occupational injury rate by 75%, surpassing the goal for a 70% reduction. Cutting energy usage by 49%, edging close to the 50% target for the end of 2012. Expanding the use of life cycle assessment methodologies to identify improvement opportunities in all product systems. "Kodak is proud of the progress made thus far, and we remain committed to do more," said Charles Ruffing, Director of Health, Safety, Environment and Sustainability. "Our customers expect us to be more sustainable, and we know that they also want our support in being more sustainable in their own operations and their own lives." Click here for a link to the full report on Kodak's progress on its current Sustainability Goals. For more information on Kodak's Health, Safety, Environment and Sustainability policies, procedures and performance, please refer to www.kodak.com/go/sustainability. About Kodak As the world's foremost imaging innovator, Kodak helps consumers, businesses, and creative professionals unleash the power of pictures and printing to enrich their lives. To learn more, visit www.kodak.com and follow our blogs and more at www.kodak.com/go/followus. More than 75 million people worldwide manage, share and create photo gifts online at KODAK Gallery—join today at www.kodakgallery.com. To read the original press release, click here.  
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DotLoop Opens Doors to Green Real Estate Transactions for 12 Tennessee Brokerages
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Georgia Real Estate Professionals Join the Movement with DotLoop’s Collaborative Workspace
Real estate professionals in the southeast are now executing transactions online through the all-encompassing, collaborative workspace DotLoop. In the midst of a national expansion, Georgia-based agents are the newest group of users to DotLoop; increasing efficiency and meeting today's home buyers' demand for faster transactions. With the prevalence of smart phones and instant connectivity, today's home buyers want the ability to complete the purchase of real estate transactions similar to other products they purchase online. As online business continues to evolve, these tech-minded buyers will appreciate a platform like DotLoop where they can share, adjust and electronically sign documents in real time; under one collaborative workspace. "I was recently traveling with family for the weekend and had a buyer decide abruptly to write an offer on a house we had seen earlier in the week. No problem with the DotLoop difference," said Tonya Hayes, top-producing Realtor with Keller Williams in Columbia, SC. "I quickly found out what she wanted to offer, logged on and emailed the contract for initials and signatures and was on our way to a ratified contract Monday." Initiating real-time transactions or "loops" with clients provides a level of communication similar to being at the same table. As each "loop" is created, agents and clients are continually updated as amendments and electronic signatures are applied to each document. The idea is to eliminate confusion and provide greater clarity to each party throughout the process. Recent studies show an increasing number of new buyers perform their search for a home using the Internet. The National Association of Realtor's "Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers 2010" states, "For the last three years, about 90 percent of home buyers used the Internet in their search." Electronic signatures have also been a used throughout ecommerce for more than a decade. However, until recently, electronic signatures were underutilized in the buying and selling of real estate. Since the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce (ESIGN) Act was passed in 2000 – officially recognizing electronic signatures as legally binding -- user companies reportedly saw increases in their sales while maintaining the integrity and security of their customers' information. A 2010 study by Aberdeen Group indicates, "Users of electronic signatures were 50 percent more likely to show improved customer renewal rates, 41 percent more likely to reduce proposal errors and 18 percent more likely to shorten sales cycles." These statistics directly correlate with the functionality of the collaborative workspace within DotLoop. Upon successful adoption in other regions such as the Carolinas, Virginia, Maryland, Utah and South Texas, DotLoop's presence in Georgia is on pace to gain even more agent users. Agents across the country are experiencing a new way of doing business that makes home buying and selling simple and efficient. After establishing its presence in Georgia, DotLoop continues to expand, reaching new agents in Tennessee, Alabama, Michigan and Northern Ohio during the month of April. About DotLoop Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, DotLoop is transforming the real estate industry by providing a collaborative workspace where any real estate agent can share and sign transaction documents. As the leading provider of collaborative negotiation services, DotLoop is available to service all real estate professionals throughout the United States and Canada. The innovative DotLoop platform is a collaborative, wholly web-based negotiation platform that lets users add, adjust, approve, and sign documents digitally - addressing the challenges of security, efficiency, and overhead costs in today's real estate industry. For more information about DotLoop, please click here.  
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DotLoop Joins Keller Williams Realty Family Reunion
 DotLoop is gearing up for the Keller Williams Family Reunion, Feb. 19-23 in Anaheim, Calif. for the much-anticipated launch of eEdge, the first lead-to-close business solution for real estate. Family Reunion attendees get an in-depth look at DotLoop’s features; designed to improve the transactional elements of their business.   As the myTransactions component of eEdge, DotLoop provides a collaborative workspace to send and share documents with the added convenience and security of electronic signatures.  It is designed to increase efficiency by eliminating cumbersome practices in traditional real estate such as printing, faxing and driving between appointments.   DotLoop’s collaborative workspace allows buyers, sellers and real estate agents to work together to close more real estate transactions.  Both buying and listing agents utilize a unique invitation process to initiate a loop.  From there, either party can share, electronically sign or revise the documents pertinent to the transaction with DotLoop’s unique “Version Now” software. Rather than drafting several copies of the same document, “Version Now” provides agents and their clients’ with the most recent version without printing a single page.   Once negotiations are complete, transactions are finalized using electronic signatures. When a deal is done, all parties can view a thorough record of transaction activity for improved accuracy and security.   Currently, new Keller Williams associates are experiencing the DotLoop difference in Austin, Texas, North Carolina and South Carolina as the result of a recent roll out in the region.   The DotLoop collaborative workspace helps to changes lives for brokers, agents and buyers/sellers.  How?   Brokers: More Confidence and control of their Brokerage by providing more transparency and visibility to all transactions.  Agents: Better time management with a faster, easier way to edit, review and sign documents with clients.  Buyers/Sellers: Buying and selling a home can change people's lives DotLoop helps this happen more often.    The official launch of eEdge at Family reunion begins the national rollout giving Keller Williams’ 80,000 plus agents to access to DotLoop.  Now, agents will close more deals in less time while building better relationships with customers.   Attendees of Keller Williams Family Reunion are encouraged to visit DotLoop at Booth 527 to view demonstrations of how the secure, collaborative environment is where deals get done.   About DotLoop   Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, DotLoop is transforming the real estate industry by providing a secure online platform where any real estate agent can share and sign transaction documents.  As the leading provider of collaborative negotiation services, DotLoop is available to service all real estate professionals throughout the United States and Canada.  The innovative DotLoop platform is a collaborative, wholly web-based negotiation platform that lets users add, adjust, approve, and electronically sign documents digitally - addressing the challenges of security, efficiency, and overhead costs in today's real estate industry.   For more information, please click here.  
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Announcing the Templates and Packages Release for eSignOnlineTM v2.0
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