“As a Real Estate Practitioner, Aren’t You
Also an Environmentalist?” (Speaking
of Real Estate, July 2015) examined the
tension over how to balance the importance of upholding property rights with
increasing concerns about the well-being
of the planet.
We have unrealistic expectations.
Consumers want farmers to treat hens
like family pets but bellyache at paying
$2 a dozen for eggs. Recently there was
a protest against oil drilling in Seattle
where one environmentalist flew in from
Washington. How much fuel did that
consume? SUVs are selling like hotcakes
now that gasoline prices have fallen.
Those prices fell because of a technology
change—one that is everyone’s favorite
boogie man: fracking.
Terrel Shields, certified general appraiser,
Siloam Springs, Ark.
Protecting the environment is one thing,
but it can go to extremes. In Colorado
Springs, Colo., we have thousands of
acres dedicated to the Preble’s meadow
jumping mouse. Although you never ac-
tually see the mouse, almost every north
end developer has to dedicate land to it.
The mouse has become the largest land
holder in El Paso County, and commercial land prices have gone through the
roof. I love mice, but sometimes a little
common sense is needed.
Ron Mast, Real Help Real Estate,
Colorado Springs, Colo.
2014 was the warmest year our planet
has ever endured, climatologists tell us.
As a result, the polar ice cap is melting,
as are many glaciers. The sea level is
rising and threatening the survival of
the noble polar bear. Where are our
major cities? They are at the mouths of
the rivers as they flow into the sea. We
can anticipate that the rising sea levels
will begin assaulting New York and San
Francisco. The California drought is
affecting the food supply. In our quest to
be ethical practitioners of real estate, we
must undertake a study of our relation-
ship to the Earth. The time has come,
it seems to me, to add an Article 18 to
the REALTORS® Code of Ethics that
addresses the duty real estate profes-
sionals have toward the Earth because,
as the preamble says, “Under all is the
Israel Nelson, Double Eagle Real Estate and
Investments Ltd., Wasilla, Alaska
Ready for TRID
Thank you for the information sent to
members regarding TRID. In my opinion,
if REALTORS® aren’t prepared for the
TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure rule,
it’s not because we haven’t received
support and timely information. I believe
the implementation of TRID [on Oct.
3] should make closing a much better
process once we get through the initial
bumps in the road. I wasn’t crazy about
it initially due to comments before being
informed on the entire process. I’m still
learning and so grateful there is information at my fingertips when it’s needed.
Sharon Hudgins, e-PRO, GRI, Keller Williams
Realty, Burnet County, Georgetown, Texas
Regarding “Sticks & Stones Won’t Hurt
Worst” (July/August 2015, page 13), why
would we want
of sellers who
are honest and
and realistic sellers are more likely to dis-
close relevant property information and
to price the property properly. I would
welcome them any day of the week.
Eduardo Brandt, Realty Associates Florida,
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