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1. Who is Greenhomefinder.com?Top top

GreenHomeFinder.com (Green Home Finder or GHF) is owned by the Green Real Estate Syndicate, Inc., co-founded by Mary Lynn and Mark Lucas Aschwanden. Green Home Finder is a registered trademark of Green Real Estate Syndicate, Inc. We are a national, interactive web site that brings “green” properties, products, and services to potential buyers. Our customers can list their “green” homes, commercial properties, rentals, and more which are each assigned a ‘leaf” value based on the number of energy efficient, sustainable, & healthy features identified. We also invite all types of environmentally aware companies looking to target a “green” audience to list on our Site or to advertise their businesses both locally and nationally.

2. I have a “green” business. I’m wondering if greenhomefinder.com really only caters to all things “real estate” like real estate agents, listers, companies, and professionals. Do I have any options in terms of listing or advertising my “green” business on your Site? Top top

Absolutely! We welcome all environmentally responsible businesses, no matter what “shade of green” you are. Greenhomefinder.com is a great forum to draw attention to your green products or services, or even the good “green deeds” you have done in the community. Adding your business to GHF is easy! Simply sign up for our Site by accessing our Home Page and choosing the “sign up” link, select your products and/or services package, and check out in our Store. Once your purchase is made you will be able to access our proprietary back office where you control the look and feel of your listing by uploading content and images.

3. Can you give me more information on what types of services you offer?Top top

We are happy to help! We are truly a comprehensive Site. A Site we believe is the first of its kind, a one-stop shop bringing together all walks of life interested in viewing or listing “green” properties, products, services, and advertisements. We offer listing packages, products packages, services packages, advertising space, and free property listings! Are you listing a home? Commercial property for sale? Commercial property for rent? Residential property for rent? Vacation property for rent? Hotel or motel? A company with any “green” product or service? A national or local advertiser? Then we’ve got you covered! You’re all welcome on greenhomefinder.com!

4. I’ve heard a lot about “green” in the media, but I’m not really sure what it means. How does Green Home Finder define “green”?Top top

Due to the fact that there appears to be no federal, national, or international “official” definition of “green”, we are relying on the definition contained in the current online version of Wikipedia: “[Green,] Environmentally friendly, eco-friendly, and nature friendly are synonyms used to refer to goods and services considered to inflict minimal harm on the environment…”

5. What is “greenwashing”?Top top

Again, due to the fact that there appears to be no single, authoritative definition of “greenwashing”, we relied on the current online version of Wikipedia for guidance: “Greenwash [Greenwashing] (a portmanteau of green and whitewash) is a term used to describe the perception of consumers that they are being misled by a company regarding the environmental practices of the company or the environmental benefits of a product or service. It is a deceptive use of green PR or green marketing. The term green sheen has similarly been used to describe organizations which attempt to appear that they are adopting practices beneficial to the environment.”

6. What are GHF’s thoughts on “greenwashing”?Top top

We do not condone “greenwashing” and we consider it a serious “Site offense”. Since we cannot prevent “greenwashing” we implemented Site policies to try to discourage and hold listers, advertisers, and other third parties responsible for submitted content that has been “greenwashed”. Please review the “Legal Terms” on our Site for more information on our anti-“greenwashing” policies.

7. Okay, do you really offer free listings or is there a catch?Top top

Nope, no catch. The economy is hitting everyone hard. We wanted to offer a unique opportunity for listers to get exposure without breaking the bank. All property listings are currently free and include up to 3 photos as well as additional features. Do you want more exposure? In addition to our free listing options, we offer additional packages that you can purchase for a reasonable fee. For example, our “Branded Listings” package features help you to transform your free listing into a real showstopper! Add additional photos, information, and a whole host of features. Go to greenhomefinder.com, click on “Store” and check out how to brand your listing.

8. Do you offer a Newsletter?Top top

Yes, we have a complimentary newsletter that is emailed to subscribers periodically. We look forward to having you join us to receive green tips and other relevant information. Simply go to our Home Page and add your email address to our “Sign up for Green Tips & E-Newsletter” Section. Note that you can unsubscribe at your discretion by following the instructions on any e-Newsletter you receive. You can also reach us at unsubnews@greenhomefinder.com.

9. How do I access your Store, newsletter, downloads, or other Site features?Top top

Please know that while you can browse our Site until your heart’s content without signing up, if you want to access any of our features or services you must sign up with GHF. Of course sign-up is free. Simply go to www.greenhomefinder.com and select “sign up”. You will choose a user name and password and once issued you will be allowed additional access to our Site.

10. I want to list my property, product, or service but I’m not sure how to do it.Top top

First of all thank you for your interest in our Site. We truly appreciate it and we think you’ll find it to be of real value to you. We’ve tried to make the process very user friendly. First make sure you’re signed up on greenhomefinder.com. Then, whether you want to submit a free listing or take advantage of our impressive array of reasonably priced listing, products, services, or advertising packages, all you need to do is click on our “Store” button, select the package of your choice, add it to your cart and check out. You will receive confirmation of your purchase and access to our proprietary back office created especially for our listers and advertisers. Once in the back office you will be prompted in terms of how to upload your listing or advertisement and accompanying photos. Note that national advertisers cannot check out directly from our “Store” platform. Call us at 303.494.6607 for additional information on national advertising space…

11. Can purchases be made online?Top top

Yes. We consider ourselves particularly unique in this regard. Our pricing is transparent, and we tried to create an easy “package purchase” system so that listings and advertisements can be purchased directly in our Store. The only exception to this rule is national advertising space, our largest advertising package. Due to its unique nature, we ask that national advertisers call us directly at 303.494.6607 for additional information on national advertising space…

12. I’m a real estate agent or lister and I’m interesting in “going green” but I’m not sure where to start. Any suggestions?Top top

Great question! We’ve got you covered. Let’s say that you’re a real estate agent for example and you want to be on Green Home Finder, but you’re not sure if your client’s property has any green features. To get started, all you need to do is sign up for our Site and access our members only green features checklist. You can give the checklist directly to your client and he or she can check off the green features in their property, or you can fill out the form together. Then go to our Store and opt for either a free listing or one of our value added listing packages. When you go to upload your listing in our proprietary back office you can simply transfer the features checked off by you or your client to the “green features” section in our lister back office. Once the information is uploaded your property will be assigned a “leaf” value and the “green” features will show up for public viewing in your listing details on greenhomefinder.com.

13. I want to unsubscribe from your Site or Newsletter or some other service or feature you offer. How do I unsubscribe?Top top

No problem. You can unsubscribe in a number of ways. If you want to unsubscribe from our Newsletter you can either follow the instructions on any e-Newsletter email you receive, or you can contact us at unsubnews@greenhomefinder.com. In the event that you want to remove your contact information from our Site, please touch base with us at unsubsite@greenhomefinder.com. For general questions simply go to “contact us” on our main Site.

14. I’m seeing “leaves” and other icons all over your Site. What is the GHF Rating Level and icon system?Top top

Our proprietary rating and icon system allows users to identify and calculate the number of green features in a property. Each feature is assigned a point value and the points are tallied so that a “green feature” total is determined. You will notice various images and icons on our Site. We created a key to help you navigate our Site:
1 LEAF = 1-20 points received for green features 2 LEAVES = 21-40 points received for green features 3 LEAVES = 41 or greater points received for green features "sun" = solar "windmill" = wind energy "thermometer" = geothermal heat "water" = hydroelectric "checkmark" = available reports

15. Do you guarantee that a property has green features?Top top

No, but again we have implemented policies to help ensure that the listings submitted to our Site are accurate. Please see “Legal Terms” on our main Site for more information about our policies regarding “green features”.

16. How do I know if a listing is available or active?Top top

We ask our listers to update their listings periodically. You will also see designations such as “available” or “active” on various pages throughout our Site. While we do not guarantee that listings are current, active, or available, our users are very important to us and we work to create policies that will help to ensure that you are viewing the most current offerings. Please see “Legal Terms” on our main Site for more information about our policies regarding “updating listings”.

17. I’m not seeing any properties, products, or services in my area?Top top

We apologize that you are not getting any results. We may be working on acquiring more listings in a particular area, or you may wish to try your search again with different search parameters.

18. Do you have a blog?Top top

We are excited to let you know that our greenhomefinder.com blog is in progress. Please check our Site periodically for updates on our blog. We hope you’ll join, we’d love to hear from you!

19. Where can I find important Site rules, regulations and policies?Top top

We are really passionate about greenfinder.com. Please know that our customers, listers, and all Site users are a top priority for us. We try to be upfront and answer any questions you may have honestly. We truly value your willingness to be a part of our Site. We also value your privacy. In order to try to put our values and goals for this Site to paper we created our “Legal Terms” and “Privacy Policy” online for your review. Please go to www.greenhomefinder.com and click on the appropriate footer link to access all relevant documentation. We ask that you read each document carefully, and that you abide by all of our policies, terms, conditions, and other protocols when accessing or using our Site. Thank you for your consideration.

20. I have a technical issue. Do you have tech support?Top top

Yes. We are happy to help. Please select “contact us” on our main Site and choose “technical support” from the drop down list.

21. Who can I contact to make comments about your Site?Top top

We welcome your input. Please contact us at info@greenhomefinder.com to leave comments. We would love to hear from you!

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