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PRIVACY POLICY
October 2009 Version

We Value Your Privacy

Green Real Estate Syndicate, Inc. dba GRES, also includes any affiliates, related web sites or forums, or any related third parties or entities (“GRES” or “Green Home Finder”, “greenhomefinder.com”, “Site”, “Web site”, or any substantially similar designation).

We are a national, interactive web site that brings “green” properties, products, services, and professionals to Site users and potential buyers.   

At GRES we take your privacy concerns seriously.  Our “Privacy Policy” describes how we collect, use, and in some instances share your personal information.  Please review our “Privacy Policy,” “Terms and Conditions”, including “Disclaimers”, and any other terms, conditions, policies, other protocols or any other related information or documentation (“Policies”) available on our Site or sent to you so that you are fully aware of any information that may affect you.  Our Policies are meant to be read together.  Please do not access or use our Web site if you do not agree to be bound by the terms set forth in any of our Policies.

Your Consent

By accessing our Web site you agree that you understand and will abide by all of our Policies, including any updates and related provisions.  Please note that on your return visits to our Web site you will automatically be bound by any Policies, which you are responsible for regularly accessing and reviewing.  In the event that additional terms, conditions, or policies are inconsistent with these Policies, the Policies set forth in this Privacy Policy shall apply.  Please be aware that you have the option of determining whether you want to provide us with personal information, although in order to access, use, or participate in certain areas of the Web site including but not limited to joining the newsletter, submitting listings, adding products or services descriptions, posting advertisements, reviewing the checklist/s or participating in our blog or related forums you must sign up for our Site and supply identifying information.

Information We May Collect

Personal Information means information collected at various access, sign up, log in, or other points on our Web site and may include in part, your name, company name, address, credit card information, telephone number, and email address.  In some instances, your real estate license number, social security number, inspector or professional credentials, or other identifying information may be collected.  Circumstances may arise in which you may also opt to set up a customer account including adding a user id, password and/or other identifying information.  We do not sell you Personal Information to “mailing list” companies. We do ask, however, that you please check our Web site for updates since we may change our policies from time to time. Any information you submit shall be verifiable upon request, accurate and updated.  Your account shall not include false, misleading, derogatory, or obscene comments or information.  At all times, you remain liable for any and all information included in or added to your account.  You may not access third party accounts without their express permission.  You may not allow third parties to use your Personal or other information to access your account or to erroneously establish an account on our Web site.  Please update your personal information and your Site account when details change.  By using, accessing, or signing up for our Web site or any services or offerings, we will add you to our “opt in” list.  We are assuming that you are consenting to receive email, promotions, or other information from us.  You do have the option of “unsubscribing” from our Web site.  Please review any emails you receive from us for instructions, check www.greenhomefinder.com, or contact us at info@greenhomefinder.com.

In addition, at times you may have the option to provide us with demographic, preference, survey, or other information which helps us gather valuable information about our Web site and our products, services, or other offerings, and/or may help us personalize our newsletters, checks lists, blogs or other Site features.  We may also contact you to recommend products or services or listing or advertising options, or to give you informational updates, to respond to your inquiries, to send out “auto responders” based on services or offerings you may have signed up for, or to let you know if we are running any special offers or promotions.  Please review any emails you receive from us for instructions, check www.greenhomefinder.com, or contact us at info@greenhomefinder.com if you wish to remove your Personal Information from our Web site.

Cookies/“Information Storage”

A “cookie” is a special identifier which is transferred to your hard drive through your web browser.  Cookies are stored for an indefinite period of time both online and offline, and help identify you and track information as you navigate through a web site.  On our Site they help us to determine how you are using our Site and what we can do to improve your experience.  For example, if you have a promotional code for our Web site, this information may be stored as a cookie.  By signing up for our Site, you agree to allow us to store certain information as a cookie, or to use similar tools or program features.  Our affiliates, advertisers, or other third party service providers may also use their own cookies to gather information.  We are not responsible for any affiliate or other third party’s actions involving the use of cookies or related tools or program features.  Note that you may be able to set your browser so that it does not accept cookies.  On many computers you can click the “help” link on the toolbar or contact your service provider for additional information about cookies.  Please be aware that if you set your browser so that it does not accept cookies, you may be missing out on some valuable GRES offers and information.




Sharing Your Information

GRES is a unique Web site in that it brings together a large number of professional and non-professionals for the purpose, in part, of helping provide a forum for “green” property listers, advertisers, products and services companies, and other individuals and entities.  We are working to help introduce “green” buyers and sellers who are interested in “green,” sustainable, environmentally responsible, and energy efficient properties, products and services and other offerings.  As a result, there are occasions on which third parties may have access to or use some of your Personal Information including without limitation:  1.  In the event that you ask us to share your information with a third party.  Note that we will work to accommodate your request; 2.  When requested to do so by third party service providers who provide services for or support our Web site, for example our web or database designers or hosting companies, for functions related to maintaining, updating, troubleshooting, and otherwise keeping our Web site up and running; 3.  Credit card or other payment authorization groups; 4. Select partners or affiliates, in order for them to contact you about their products or services; 5. Subsidiaries or companies related to GRES ; and 6. Advertisers, marketing or tracking companies or other third parties, who may collect and use non-identifiable information such as the number of Web site visits or average order amounts.  

We may also disseminate Personal Information as required by law, to enforce the terms and conditions set out under this Agreement, to defend ourselves or related third parties against suits, actions, or any other claims whatsoever against us or related third parties, and to protect the personal and professional safety of GRES, its team members and management, our customers or listers, our user/members, or any related third party.

Note that third parties who we link to from our Web site may also collect or use your Personal Information.  Please note that this Privacy Policy only applies to GRES.  We are in no way responsible for any acts engaged in by any third party or any damages caused by third parties, or the terms set out in the privacy practices and policies or any other protocol established by any third parties.  Please contact the third party company or individual for specific information regarding their privacy policy and/or the terms and conditions or protocols set forth in their web site/s or other forums, or if you have a dispute with or other matter related to the third party.

Blogs

From time to time we may set up “blogs,” discussion forums, or other methods of sharing information (“Blog” or “blog”).  You may be able to create an account and log in to the Blog, or you may receive an email to join the Blog or another way to access the Blog.  You may opt to join in which case you will need to add your Personal Information when you create your Site account.  Please note that any information whatsoever, including all comments, suggestions, photos, or other information that you post, upload, submit, or otherwise add to the forum, at all times remains the sole and exclusive property of GRES, and in the event copies or originals are submitted they shall remain in-house at GRES and shall not be returned.  Anyone who wishes to participate on our Blog must sign up and provide accurate and verifiable contact information.  We do not guarantee that your computer system will be able to access our Blog, or to download our file/s or attachment/s.  We are not responsible for any corruption, viruses, or issues related to downloading, reading, or using our files or attachments.  You may not make or add false, misleading, derogatory, offensive, obscene comments, postings, photos, or any other information to the Blog, about GRES or its affiliates, subsidiaries, or any related third parties, or any other user or member, or trade off of or undermine the good will or brand equity of GRES or its affiliates, subsidiaries, or any related third party.
The Blog may contain suggestions about or links to websites that are created and maintained by other organizations. We do not necessarily endorse the views expressed on these websites or forums, and we do not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of any information contained on third party sites, or that you are being routed to the site requested.  In the event sites linked from our Blog use cookies or other tools that track visitor viewing habits, we are not responsible for the actions of any third party and will not indemnify you or be held liable for any claim, damages, judgment, or other assertion or award.
We expressly disclaim any warranty, either express, implied, or statutory, regarding the accuracy, completeness, timeliness, or veracity of the information.  We are not responsible for errors or omissions.  You understand that we are not responsible for, will not indemnify you against, and will not be subject to a suit, claims, loss, or damage arising from the use of the information in our Blogs or other submissions or features, or any claim made by you or any related third party.   You agree that it is your responsibility to secure competent counsel or other professional advice should you choose to do so.  

As described in this Agreement, you may not download, copy, modify, transfer, resell, use meta tags or “hidden” text in, or otherwise use, reproduce, take, or manipulate any portion of our Web site or any related web site or information.  Please read our “Legal Terms” for additional information on our “Blog/s”.

Information About “Minors”

GRES does not knowingly solicit information about or collect information from children who are under the age of 18, what we believe to be the current age of majority in the State of Colorado.  Parents and guardians please monitor your child’s/a minor’s Internet access and use.  We may also allow the purchase of listings, products, services, advertising or other offerings on our Web site, please monitor your child’s/a minor’s access to the “e-commerce” and related portions of our Web site.  Please do not allow a minor in your care to sign up for an account on our Site.  Parents, guardians, or responsible third parties are, at all times, liable for the acts of minors in their care.  You understand that we are not responsible for, will not indemnify you against, and will not be subject to a suit, claims, loss, or damage arising from you, your child’s, or any minor or other party in your care or custody, or any other third party’s, use of the information or services on our Web site. You agree, however, for yourself and for any related third party to fully and promptly indemnify GRES and its affiliates, subsidiaries, or any related third parties for any loss, damage, cost, or expense including attorney fees associated with claims, demands, actions, losses, or any other dispute, judgment, or remedy that arises out of a any act of you, your child, a minor or other party in your care or custody, or any other third party, or any failure to act by you or any other third party.

GRES Newsletters, Check list/s, Articles, Video, Online Surveys, and other Offerings

In order to access, make purchases on, utilize the features of, or otherwise use our Web site or take part in the services we offer you will need to submit your contact information and sign up on our Site.  You will need to sign up for services and offerings including without limitation our newsletter/s, blog/s, general site sign up, store, listings, purchase options, check list/s, article and/or video submissions, and advertisements.  Please note for example that our newsletter is subscription based.  Please click the appropriate link on our Home Page to subscribe to our newsletter/s or to sign-up for our Web site in general.  You will be issued a user name and password that will allow you to log in to our Web site and use authorized portions of our Site provided that you abide by our Policies.  You will be asked to provide your Personal Information in order to join. Please review any emails you receive from us for instructions, check www.greenhomefinder.com, or contact us at info@greenhomefinder.com if you wish to remove your Personal Information or “unsubscribe” from our Web site.
The newsletters, articles, videos, checkslist/s or other offerings may contain suggestions about or links to websites that are created and maintained by other organizations. We do not necessarily endorse the views expressed on these websites, and we do not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of any information contained on third party sites, or that you are being routed to the site requested.  In the event sites linked from our newsletter or any other offering use cookies or other tracking tools or software, we are not responsible for the actions of any third party and will not indemnify you or be held liable for any claim, damages, judgment, or other assertion or award.
On occasion, we may also ask you to participate in an online survey or questionnaire, which may also require the submission of your Personal Information.  In this instance, your Information is used specifically to gather information for the purpose of reviewing the results in terms of our modifying, updating, or otherwise assessing any part of our Web site.  We greatly appreciate your willingness to assist us by completing and submitting the survey or questionnaire!

Sweepstakes or Promotions

We may offer sweepstake or promotional offers from time to time.  Please read the relevant information related directly to each offer when it is posted on the Web site.  In the event that you want to participate in a sweepstakes event or take advantage of a promotional offer you will be asked to provide your Personal Information.  We will contact you via the email address or other contact information that you submit in the event that we have information for you related to the sweepstakes or promotional offer.


Customer Service

At GRES customer service is a top priority.  In order to better serve you we will ask for your Personal Information if you contact customer service.  We may use this Information to follow-up with you regarding your inquiry or to otherwise touch base.  We may continue to touch base with you regarding important offers or other information, but please note that you do have the option of “unsubscribing” from our Web site.

Securing Your Payment Information

We want you to know that you can purchase our products and services with confidence.  We have gone through a formal approval process to secure a merchant provider.  In addition, secure Sockets Layer (SSL bit) encryption is used to help protect your personal contact and payment information as it is transmitted over the Internet during the checkout process.  The “http” portion of the Web site address in your browser should change to “https,” at which time you will know that you have entered a “secure” portion of our Web site or a related web site.  We also attempt to limit access to your password in order to prevent unauthorized access to your account.  You may choose to change your password from time to time, which can be done from our Web site.  Please do your part in protecting your Personal Information by keeping your password and other personal information private and logging off of your computer completely.  In addition, you are not required to keep your credit card information on file, unless you subscribe to an “auto payment”, “auto renewal” or related service for example.  You do have the option to delete or modify your account information, or to select different payment options.

Recognizing You

Please note that we automatically recognize your Internet Service Provider (ISP) and your operating system.  On occasion this information may be used to remedy issues with our server, system, or Web site.  We may also use URL encoding information to monitor your activity on our Web site, and to determine what products, services, listing packages, or advertising spaces you are purchasing or using, and to track related information.  We may collect your information including your Personal Information and your habits in terms of using our Web site and enter the information into a traffic tracker or other similar tracking program for use by GRES in reviewing, analyzing, and using the data.

Intellectual Property

All trademarks including without limitation Green Home Finder, GRES, greenhomefinder.com, patents, copyrights, domain names, trade dress, logos, designs, audio or video downloads, buttons, software, icons, images or any other intellectual property included in our Web site, related web sites or forums, or in related materials, whether oral, written, or electronic, remains the sole and exclusive property of GRES, or its affiliates, subsidiaries, or any related third parties.  Please do not download, transfer, modify, resell, file for, copy, or in any way use our Intellectual Property.  Please read our “Legal Terms” for additional information on our “Intellectual Property”.

Modifications to Our Privacy Policy

We may make modifications to this Privacy Policy from time to time.  Please check our Web site for periodic updates.  In the event of a material change, we will attempt post the modified language on our Web site in order to alert you of that change.  Please note that you are still, at all times, obligated to abide by all of the terms, conditions, policies, other protocols set forth on our Web site, and you are bound by any updates or modifications whether or not they are brought to your attention.  Please access and review the Web site regularly so that you will be aware of any updates or notifications.

Governing Law

Any claim, dispute, or other matter arising under this Privacy Policy or any other information set forth on our Web site shall be heard in the courts of the State of Colorado or resolved in accordance with the laws of the State of Colorado.

Please contact us at customerservice@greenhomefinder.com or access www.greenhomefinder.com and select the “Contact Us” option if you have additional questions or comments.  In the event that you are unsure of your rights or how your information may be protected by law we suggest that you consult with an attorney or professional of your choice, with regard to this Privacy Policy or any other GRES terms, conditions, policies, or other protocols.

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