New York City-based agent Jackie Roth, who has been deaf since birth, wants to be a beacon for deaf and hard-of-hearing real estate consumers looking to buy or sell a home. A top producer with Douglas Elliman since 2005, Roth says deaf consumers are often underserved in real estate, an assessment that inspired her to begin building a nationwide network of agents she has screened and determined are capable of serving deaf clients. Roth, who learned to speak English when she was 5, estimates that just 10 to 15 agents in the U.S. are fluent in sign language, the visual-based language that is the primary form of communication for the approximately 0.3 percent of Americans the National Institutes of Health estimates are born deaf or hard of hearing. Roth says she wants to continue work...
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