Greetings, Ms. Yebba,
Is it possible to bring three interrelated topics to the RE Boards attention this Wednesday morning?
1. I’ve spoken to several members on the board privately about agency issues posed by new “iBuyer” models that offer to buy homes during listing presentations. Have they begun that discussion? If so, will it be reflected in recent meeting notes and involve a public process?
2. A Facebook expose published recently by the Wall astreet Journal raises questions about privacy in the real estate industry and the need for a real estate consumer bill of rights to protect personal data. With the FinTech Innovation community in Massachusetts, we have the opportunity to be leaders here — see list of coming events in the WORKING DRAFT:
3. You may recall that fellow real estate consumer advocates were not available to join me for a meeting with Robert Fortes in October 2017. Can we revisit that? My understanding is that Secretary John Chapman will not be cohosting a press conference this year at the Statehouse. In the absence of that, propose my colleagues meet with representatives from Consumer Affairs & MassAGO to update them on the 10 leading real estate consumer issues.
The release a report by the Consumer Federation of America on the “Agency Mess” and ongoing inquiry by the FTC & DOJ underscore our belief that real estate is the sleeping giant of the consumer movement:
Please forward this email as necessary to raise visibility about these issues before National Consumer Protection Week, March 3-9, 2019.
Thank you in advance for your timely assistance!
PS. Has a new person been appointed to lead the Mass. Real Estate Board? If so, can you please send their bio on LinkedIn or the state’s site?