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Smart homes and smarter forms

By: Desiree Brougher, Esq. on in  | 

Member volunteers met recently at PAR headquarters to discuss the impact of smart technology on the standard forms library.

A task force led by Bill Lublin of the Bucks County Association of Realtors® has identified four key issues PAR’s forms should address: notification to buyers and sellers of video and audio surveillance, data privacy and security issues, contractual obligations on energy-efficient equipment and passively-collected data.

Though the work is just beginning, it is possible that many frequently used forms will be revised as a result. Among the forms that may be changed are the Seller’s Property Disclosure Statement, the Standard Agreement for the Sale of Real Estate and the agency agreements. The task force may also create some stand-alone forms or checklists to help members set out practices that reflect the reality of the integration of technology into real property.

All suggested changes to the forms library will go from the task force to the Standard Forms Feedback Panel as early as June. If you have any ideas or suggestions you would like to make to the task force, please email me.

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  • john collins   February 22, 2019 at 7:50 am

    Disclosure of video and audio surveillance should be required.
    Sellers have a right to monitor their home but those being monitored also have the right to know in advance that their images and voices are being tracked and possibly recorded for future use.

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    • Jason   February 22, 2019 at 9:25 am

      I concur that Sellers should always have the right to monitor the security of their homes at all times. However, these same Sellers also have an obligation to comply with the law. Sellers with this type of equipment could be in violation of the law should they record audio without the explicit consent of the Buyers. PA is a two-party consent state.

      Updates need to be also made to the Listing Contract(s) to ensure Sellers are properly informed through disclosure.

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  • Sarah Boyer   February 22, 2019 at 7:56 am

    Smart technology becoming more and more popular! Thank you, PAR for being on top of this!! Looking forward to hearing what the task force recommends at the next business meeting!!

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  • Matthews, Jason   February 22, 2019 at 10:06 am

    I concur that Sellers should always have the right to monitor the security of their homes at all times. However, these same Sellers also have an obligation to comply with the law. Sellers with this type of equipment could be in violation of the law should they record audio without the explicit consent of the Buyers. PA is a two-party consent state.

    Updates need to be also made to the Listing Contract(s) to ensure Sellers are properly informed through disclosure.

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  • Conrad Vanino   February 22, 2019 at 11:11 am

    Thanks to Bill Lublin and the committee for looking out for us and our clients.

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  • Etta Norton   February 22, 2019 at 12:28 pm

    i don’t know the legal end of this, just have my opinion. I believe an owner has a right to have security in their homes and as long as it is disclosed to the people entering the home i do not see a problem. One would hope that the home owner would not abuse the ability to monitor and that the visitors would be respectful of the owner and the property.

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  • Dot Rhone   February 23, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Great work by the Task Force thus far! I hope if anyone has any ideas or suggestions for the task force that they will reach out to Desiree, our Standard Forms Manager at PAR, within the next 30 to 60 days so she can pass them on to the Task Force for consideration. We will look forward to discussing their work and suggestions at our Standard Forms Feedback Panel in June!

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