Buying and biking: Pedal from house to house with the Bike Realtor

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The next time you head to some home showings, you could opt to do it all on a bicycle.

The Minneapolis-based Bike Realtor – or, if you prefer his real name, Harry Greenberg – is one of the country's most notable real estate agents that relies solely on a bicycle to get from house to house. And you can pedal along with him.

What's the point? Well, if biking is important to a buyer, it gives them the opportunity to gauge exactly how easy it is to get around that neighborhood without a car.

"By biking together, we can rate the degree to which the location is 'bicycle friendly,'" Greenberg says on his site. "This is a metric I have devised based on trails, streets with bike lanes or room for bikers as well as the places you regularly travel to and from."

(Though he notes if someone wants to drive and meet him at a particular location, that's fine too.)

Greenberg's getting some national play right now thanks to a June story on Realtor.com, which also highlights a Colorado-based agent running a similar real estate business.

Greenberg told the site his clientele are usually younger, and looking for their first home (starters from $175,000 to $200,000) in the northeast and southern swaths of the city – densely populated areas with dedicated bike paths. His reviews on Zillow are pretty much exclusively positive.

Realtor.com says it's a "small-but-growing" trend, but notes there isn't a listing of specific bike-and-buy real estate agents available at this time.

FOX 9 did a story on Greenberg recently as well, but it's not some new gimmick.

The Southwest Journal wrote about him back in 2008, when he was 54 years old and just getting started in the business.

He's a year-round cyclist, and someone who is passionate about green energy.

“I’m not in it for the money,” he told the Journal at the time. “It’s just something that makes sense.”

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According to the City of Minneapolis, there were 118 miles of on-street bikeways and 92 miles of off-street bikeways within its limits in 2014.

The League of American Bicyclists says about 3.4 percent of Minneapolis' population commutes via bicycle – that's about 8,000 people.

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