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US GreenBrokers was founded by Jeannette Moore and Gail Johnson in 2011. Both are licensed Real Estate Brokers, certified EcoBrokers and National Association of Realtors (NAR) GREEN committed to "...opening doors to greener and more affordable homes" for eco-minded consumers looking for healthier indoor air quality, lower utility bills and a more sustainable lifestyle.

US GreenBrokers, LLC selects 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid as car of choice!

US GreenBrokers founders with their identical 2013 Ford C-Max hybrids. Made in the US and rated at         47 mpg city and highway, Jeannette and Gail wanted    to support American made and reduce their            carbon footprints.

October, 2012 – St. Augustine, FL.  Founders of USGreenBrokers.com, Gail Johnson of Phoenix, AZ and Jeannette Moore of St. Augustine, FL,  received delivery of their 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrids earlier this month.  Jeannette and Gail felt owning a hybrid car, and one made in the USA, was very important since their website, USGreenBrokers.com showcases energy-efficient homes for sale, sustainable services and “green” real estate professionals throughout the United States.

Both ladies were the first 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid owners in their respective areas of Arizona and Florida to take delivery of Ford’s newest hybrid model.  Jeannette and Gail have been committed to reducing their carbon footprints for many years and were the first real estate professionals in their areas to earn the National Association of Realtors (NAR) GREEN designation and become certified EcoBrokers over 4 years ago.  “It’s not an easy task when you work in the real estate industry in a large metro area like Phoenix,” says Gail Johnson, “to conserve on gasoline and emissions, but driving my US made Ford C-Max hybrid (rated 47 mpg) when showing property does make a difference.”

Founders Gail Johnson and Jeannette Moore have dedicated themselves and USGreenBrokers.com as a source for consumers to locate sustainable professionals and products as well as energy-efficient homes, in an easy, searchable (by state) database.  Both Gail and Jeannette were instrumental in adding sustainable data fields to their local Multiple Listing Services (MLS), allowing homes with energy-efficient upgrades to be found more easily by buyers searching for those features which led to the creation of their website to promote sustainability throughout the US by showcasing third-party certified green professionals and products.

Jeannette Moore, a Real Estate Broker in St. Augustine, FL, continues her mission to “green” numerous MLS systems throughout northeast Florida with a grant awarded the North Florida Chapter of the US Green Building Council (USGBC).  She also currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Florida Green Building Coalition, a state-wide home certification program, as well as helping homeowners’ associations (HOAs) incorporate Florida Friendly Landscaping principles, as mandated by Florida Statute 373.185, into new or existing community covenants and restrictions.

Home Prices Rise 2.2 Percent in May

From U.S. News & World Report, Meg Handley has updated the home prices’ trend with May’s statistics.  Read her full article below.

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Home Prices Rise 2.2 Percent in May
July 31, 2012 RSS Feed  Print

A tightening supply of homes for sale coupled with stronger buyer demand has put upward pressure on home prices.
Bringing to an end a painfully long streak of declines, home prices rose for the second straight month in May with no cities posting new lows, according to Standard & Poor’s Case-Shiller home price indexes.

Average home prices increased 2.2 percent in May over April numbers, according to the report released Tuesday, cementing the notion that the housing market is slowly healing. Prices in April rose 1.3 percent, after falling for seven consecutive months.

“May was a good month for housing with existing home sales almost 10 percent higher than year-ago levels, supply shortages in some markets, and a declining mix of foreclosure re-sales which particularly affect the Case-Shiller index,” Stan Humphries, chief economist at Zillow, wrote in an E-mail.

“Overall we remain cautiously optimistic that home values are at a bottom nationally even while our expectations for price appreciation in the next couple of years are muted,” he added.

A tightening supply of homes for sale coupled with stronger buyer demand has put upward pressure on home prices, according to experts. Rock-bottom mortgage rates, slightly looser credit availability, and improving job growth have also nudged more house-hunters from window-shopping to the contract table.

Still, prices overall are down more than 30 percent from their peak in 2006 and experts caution that more monthly price declines could be on the way, primarily because spring and summer tend to be strong buying months.

According to the chairman of S&P’s index committee David Blitzer, the current upward trend in prices must continue through summer into fall to really signal the housing market has found its footing.

“The housing market seems to be stabilizing,” he said in a release Tuesday. “But we are definitely in a wait-and-see mode for the next few months.”

Meg Handley is a business reporter for U.S. News & World Report.

FL GreenBroker Selected As Project Manager For N FL USGBC Initiative

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FL GreenBroker, Jeannette Moore

The debut of a green MLS for St. Augustine and St. Johns County (FL) on Earth Day 2011 (the first in NE FL) was the icing on the cake for Jeannette Moore, GREEN, EcoBroker, Broker of Green Florida Properties and co-founder of US GreenBrokers.  When the N FL Chapter of USGBC received a grant for their new initiative, greening all the MLS systems in their 11 county area, Jeannette was selected to get on board as their Project Manager.  As the MLS systems go green, Jeannette will be teaching local licensees on promoting, using and marketing the new MLS green data fields as well as encouraging them to attain more knowledge and avoid green-washing with professional green certifications.