Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Realtor/Legislator Tries to Block Records

The Asbury Park Press has an editorial today that describes the efforts of a legislator from Essex County, who also happens to be a real estate broker, to enact legislation that would block the public’s access to county tax records.

The editorial makes some good points about why access to these records is important and why the legislation should be blocked. I would add that I think that the efforts of Senator Rice are designed to help protect the real estate broker industry from competition making his proposal especially repugnant. Presumably, a home owner who wants to sell his or her own property, without using a broker, would not have access to this information and would not be able to compare neighborhood house prices in order to determine an appropriate price for their own house. Similarly, prospective home buyers would not be able to see what price homes are trading at in a particular area through Internet sites like zillow.com or yahoo.com, unless they called a broker.

Senator Ronald Rice is an idiot. Tell him yourself at (973) 371-5665.

“Sen. Ronald Rice, D-Essex, a real estate broker, is pushing a bill that would exempt property record cards, maintained by local tax assessors, from the definition of a government record. That means the public would no longer be able to access the cards through an Open Public Records Act request. Yet Rice's bill would give real estate professionals, such as himself, open access.

It's a self-serving piece of legislation that would benefit Rice and those in his profession, but be detrimental to everyone else. And the damage it would do to OPRA should prompt other legislators to demand that the bill be stopped in its tracks. Any effort to restrict public access to government records should be vigorously opposed.”

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19 Comments:

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Market Condition report copied from Realtor.com.......this is the crap I am dealing with daily looking at homes - quite nauseating.


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Wednesday, February 22, 2006 8:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Tom said...

GREAT POST!

Wednesday, February 22, 2006 9:22:00 PM  
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This mortgage broker is spamming my website. Here is his website address.

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His office is in Brick. If you get a chance, tell him he needs to pay up if he wants to adevrtise on this site.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006 9:28:00 PM  
Blogger pesche22 said...

this guy is shameless, but thats what you got in the real estate business these days. after all, their are more real estate agents , than doctors.

Thursday, February 23, 2006 7:50:00 AM  
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Blogger xSparta said...

Someone should slap the NAR organization into reality. They are crying because their "Candy" is being taken away from them!! A lot of them did not have to be expert sales people the last few years . Now, the "Order Takers" have to really sharpen there sales skills.

Thursday, February 23, 2006 3:57:00 PM  
Blogger njcoast said...

We should be contacting the people who will be voting on this bill next. The Asbury Park Press article showed that it sailed through the first legislation but where is it going now?

Friday, February 24, 2006 1:13:00 PM  
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Little Silvered - This is Bill Turano. I recently signed up with a service of realtynews, I think this is where the posts may be coming from. I AM NOT SPAMMING your blog...I will put an end to it, but I don't know exactly where it is coming from. Can you tell where the posts are coming from. I called Realty News and they claim that they are not posting anything. This was not a marketing scheme perpetuated my me or my company.

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