Our Awesome Power
Daniel Katz brings up one of the most
important issues facing REALTORS®
today in the September/October 2014
issue of REALTOR®
page 10). We not
only provide info to
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.
Editor’s Note: The article “Websites:
Public Accommodations? (September/
October 2014, page 12) 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 un-
der various factual circumstances, while
a few others have reached the opposite
conclusion. The department has obtained
consent agreements in several enforce-
ment matters regarding prominent web-
sites 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
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
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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 SCHENCK 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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through dealers and carriers, none; other classes, none. Free distribution: 2,106. Copies not distributed: 7,209.
Percent paid: 99%.
Actual number of copies of October 2014 issue: Total number of copies (net press run): 1,078,153. Paid circulation: outside-county mail subscriptions, 1,072,697; in-county subscriptions, none; sales through dealers and
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