NAR President Tom Salomone sent a letter to the Department of Justice (DOJ) asking for guidance regarding the application of Title III of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) to a business’ website. A number of demand letters, which include the threat of litigation, have been sent to NAR members alleging that their real estate websites violate the civil rights of individuals with disabilities. The lack of federal regulation governing website accessibility has encouraged these lawsuits. NAR members are confused about what is required of real estate websites under the ADA. NAR urges the DOJ to issue a final rule providing clear guidance as soon as possible.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it is drafting a notice of proposed rulemaking on the Know Before You Owe rule, also known as “TRID.” Since the Know Before You Owe rule went into effect on October 3, 2015, the industry has been working hard to understand and implement the rule which replaced the Good Faith Estimate and the HUD-1 with a Loan Estimate (LE) and a Closing Disclosure (CD). While the CFPB has provided informal guidance to the industry through webinars and phone calls, NAR has urged the CFPB to provide additional clarification in writing.