Welcome to NSDCAR’s Technology News page. This page is your resource for information and updates on existing and emerging technologies in the Real Estate profession.

It is our desire to keep NSDCAR members out in front of their competition by presenting technological solutions and helpful information about a variety of every REALTOR®’s daily tasks, from lead generation to bulk email marketing techniques; from handheld, wireless MLS access to advanced methods of document imaging and management.

From time to time, we will feature products and services from various local, national, and global vendors, with an eye to presenting options and alternatives, rather than endorsement of specific brands and/or solutions.

Here you’ll find helpful advice, product reviews, general information on “state of the art” technologies for REALTORS®, and hopefully an occasional bit of amusement and entertainment gleaned from the often confusing and complex world of bits, bytes, and techno-geeks. For information, to submit articles, or to request specific topical information, contact:

M. Thomas “Mike” Dooley
Information Technology Director
North San Diego County Association of REALTORS®
Extension 206
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Brought to you by the California Association of REALTORSŪ' REALEGAL Newsletter:

On July 9, 2005, President Bush signed into law the Junk Fax Prevention Act of 2005 (S. 714) generally prohibiting the faxing of unsolicited advertisements. Perhaps of primary concern to REALTORSŪ is that this new law allows you to fax advertising materials as long as you have the fax recipient's oral or written permission to send that fax.

Before passage of the new law, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) prohibited the faxing of advertising materials absent the recipient's prior written permission. This rule would have presumably prohibited a REALTORŪ from faxing advertising materials (e.g. a listing flyer) to someone requesting that information, unless the REALTORŪ first obtained the fax recipient's written permission to send that fax. This rule was originally slated to go into effect on January 1, 2005, but was subsequently extended to June 30, 2005, and again to January 9, 2006. The new Junk Fax Prevention Act does away with this onerous FCC rule requiring prior written permission.

As for the new law's ban on faxing unsolicited advertisements, an exemption is available for fax senders who have an established business relationship with their fax recipients. Fax senders under this exception must, however, provide an opportunity in a prescribed manner for fax recipients to opt out of future unsolicited advertisements. The FCC will be issuing new regulations implementing this law, including guidelines on what constitutes an established business relationship and what the opt-out entails.

For more information, C.A.R. members may contact C.A.R.'s Member Legal Hotline at (213) 739-8282, or for office managers, broker/owners, and designated REALTORSŪ, call (213) 739-8350. Access to Member Legal Hotline is also available through C.A.R. Online at http://www.car.org/index.php?id=NTk2.

Posted 0714/05 - mtd




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