NAR Voice for Real Estate – Net Neutrality, Closing Disclosure, Finance Reform

NAR is working with other groups to fight against efforts to roll back net neutrality rules to help maintain an even playing field for all real estate content online.

The following video also looks at a win for agents now that the CFPB has made clear lenders can make the closing disclosure available to agents without violating federal privacy rules. Housing finance reform, home staging, and brokerage succession planning are also covered.

The Voice for Real Estate Discusses Net Neutrality, Patent Trolls

Real estate wins with federal rule prohibiting fast and slow lanes on the Internet. That’s the top story in the latest news video from ‘The Voice for Real Estate’. Other news for the week of March 9, 2015: A Realtor® wins a lawsuit against a patent troll and NAR testifies before Congress to get legislation passed to curb these types of abusive patent troll lawsuits once and for all. And NAR looks into why creditworthy renters are having such a hard time getting financing to become home owners.

Realtors Applaud New Net Neutrality Rules Preserving Equal Access to the Internet

Washington, D.C. – February 26, 2015 (Realtor.org) The following is a statement by National Association of Realtors® President Chris Polychron in support of new open Internet rules the Federal Communications Commission passed today:

Chris Polychron

Chris Polychron

“Realtors® welcome the passage of the FCC’s new rules to protect true net neutrality, which are essential to the modern business of real estate that is increasingly conducted online. Today’s vote ensures that consumers will have equal, unencumbered access to the Internet and all legal content and applications, that cannot be blocked or throttled by Internet Service Providers.

“NAR is pleased that the FCC will implement net neutral practices and prohibit paid prioritization, which would have created a two-tiered Internet and put Realtors® and other small business owners at a competitive disadvantage. The new rules are a victory for consumers, and for Realtors® who embrace technology and online resources to meet the needs of their clients.”

The National Association of Realtors®, “The Voice for Real Estate,” is America’s largest trade association, representing 1 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.

Realtors Applaud President’s Call for Strict Net Neutrality Rule

New Orleans, LA – November 10, 2014 (Realtor.org) The following is a statement by National Association of Realtors® President Chris Polychron:

Chris Polychron

Chris Polychron

“NAR welcomes President Obama’s bold support for true net neutrality rules that preserve an open Internet and allow for equal, unencumbered access to this powerful driver of economic activity for both small businesses and consumers. Realtors® have been vocal opponents of rules proposed by the Federal Communications Commission that would create a two-tiered Internet by allowing Internet Service Providers to charge subscribing companies a premium to boost website download speeds.

“In a comment letter to the FCC, NAR described the negative impacts that the “fast lanes” proposal would have on the real estate industry and especially the hundreds of thousands of independent Realtor®-owned businesses. Because the business of real estate is increasingly conducted on-line – streaming video, virtual tours and voice-over-Internet-protocol are just some of the technologies that are commonly used by real estate professionals today – net neutral practices are essential to ensuring that real estate content may be freely and efficiently distributed online.

“If the FCC’s proposal went into effect today, new and small businesses, who cannot afford to pay the fees, would instantly be put at a competitive disadvantage.

“Realtors® are encouraged by President Obama’s strong opposition to the FCC’s rule and will continue to advocate for an open and free Internet.”

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The National Association of Realtors®, “The Voice for Real Estate,” is America’s largest trade association, representing 1 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.

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