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What Can an Agent Discuss With You Legally?

Your real estate agent and/or leasing agent can’t talk demographics, schools or crime, but there are ways to voice your needs and wants in ways that don’t violate fair housing laws.

Many people like to ask, “Is this a good neighborhood?” But don’t expect a straight answer. 

Certain details about a neighborhood or community can violate the Fair Housing Act, which was enacted in 1968 to eliminate housing discrimination. The law protects against discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability or family status. In particular, it prohibits any real estate professional from steering prospective homebuyers or renters toward or away from a community based on any of the classes under federal protection.

 

Essentially, Fair Housing aims to provide equal access to housing for all groups of people and safeguard from discrimination. But even with the good it does, it can be frustrating for prospective homebuyers who get tight-lipped answers from agents.

Voicing an opinion about a neighborhood, even done unconsciously, can violate the law. For example, an agent might say, “This neighborhood is great for young families.” The comment implies the neighborhood demographic consists of parents and kids. Unmarried individuals or older couples may be inclined to pass on a house because they feel the neighborhood doesn’t cater to their lifestyle. If that was the case, the agent would be violating fair housing laws.

I encourage clients  to use sites  like  Walk Score  or  Crime Reports  to find certain types of information. The internet holds a wealth  of  knowledge  and date – but you have to sift through it and determine how it best serves you and your needs.

Parts of this article came from Real Estate.US News

 

 

 

 

Check a Neighborhoods Walking and Crime Score

WALK SCORE is an extremely useful tool when checking out neighborhoods.

You want to know how far is closet train?

The closet bus?

The closet Sushi restaurant!

Location, Location, Location!

Drive less. Live more. Walk Score helps you enjoy a walkable lifestyle, one of the simplest and best solutions for our environment, health and economy.

Walk Score’s mission is to promote walkable neighborhoods. Walkable neighborhoods are one of the simplest and best solutions for the environment, our health, and our economy.

Their vision is for every property listing to read: Beds: 3 Baths: 2 Walk Score: 84.  They make it easy for people to evaluate walkability and transportation when choosing where to live.  AND  CRIME SCORES!

They show over 20 million scores every day and over 30,000 sites use Walk Score services. Walk Score has been featured in hundreds of newspaper articles and TV segments.

The Walk Score advisory board includes urban planning, environmental and technical experts from institutions such as The Sightline Institute and The Brookings Institution.

Walk Score is now a part of Redfin and was originally incubated atFront Seat.

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