Notes From Readers: Our Awesome Power

Readers write in about data responsibilities, safety concerns, and more.

November 2, 2014

Daniel Katz brings up one of the most important issues facing REALTORS® today in the September/October 2014 issue of REALTOR® Magazine. We not only provide info to third-party portals, we may face fines and other sanctions for the info not being current or correct.  Let’s stop the hemorrhaging of our own livelihood. We are an awesome power to be reckoned with. —Sheila Walker, Keller Williams of the Emerald Coast, Navarre, Fla.

Watching Website Accessibility

Editor's Note: Last issue's article, "Websites: Public Accomodations?" drew concerns from readers about whether practitioners need to make any immediate changes to their sites to comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act. NAR Legal Affairs says not at this time.

The question of whether an entity that operates a “place of public accommodation” under the ADA must also make any website it operates ADA-accessible remains unresolved. As the article points out, in July 2010 the U.S. Department of Justice issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that took the position that websites operated by entities that are public accommodations under the act must be compliant with the ADA, and sought comment on that issue and on the development of regulations that would implement that requirement. Since the issuance of this notice, the department has not issued, or even proposed, any regulations, and recently the department announced a further delay of issuing proposed regulations until at least March 2015. Several courts have concluded that websites need not be ADA-compliant un­der various factual circumstances, while a few others have reached the opposite conclusion. The department has obtained consent agreements in several enforcement matters regarding prominent websites that were not ADA-accessible. In the meantime, NAR members may wish to be attentive to future court cases that may address the issue, and should anticipate seeing proposed regulations sometime next year.

Beverly Carter: She Was 'an Angel on Earth'

The September murder of Arkansas real estate agent Beverly Carter has sparked debate among real estate pros about how to stay safer on the job. Posted Oct. 1 by senior editor Graham Wood

Marilyn responds: I will no longer worry about insulting a client. My going home every night is more important. Show me your ID, and let me copy it. If you will not come to my office, then find another agent.

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About That FHA Prepayment Penalty...

The FHA’s move to eliminate a prepayment penalty starting next year will relieve borrowers of a financial hit that’s entirely out of their control. —Posted Sept. 11 by Robert Freedman, director of multimedia communications

David Schenk responds: What about mortgage insurance? On a $200,000 loan, a borrower will pay nearly $90,000 for mortgage insurance over the 30-year loan. Does that sound like it helps Americans to afford a home?

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