June 28th, 2010 Categories: Real Estate News
Most of the time you will find me writing about all the things you should ask and need to ask your Realtor®. But today I am going to talk about the six things NOT to ask your Realtor®.
As a licensed professional Realtor®, I am bound by a Code of Ethics, by local and state laws and by the Federal Fair Housing Act.
Under the Federal Fair Housing Act I am prohibited from addressing any issues around:
- race or color
- national origin
- marital status
- handicaps or disabilities*.
This means that if you are a buyer I cannot answer your questions about crime statistics, neighborhood schools, neighborhood diversity, local houses of worship, etc. What I can do is direct you to online and community resources that will answer your questions and let you come to your own conclusions.
By the same token, if you are listing your home for sale with me, those same six areas govern what can and cannot be used to advertise your house. And if you are listing your home yourself? Yep, those same rules apply.
Do not let any Realtor® tell you otherwise – it simply isn’t true. Now some of this may sound silly or over the top in political correctness but it’s the law. It also doesn’t matter whether or not you or I think it is fair or reasonable, it’s the law.
And, despite the fact that there are six things NOT to ask me when looking for a house and six things I cannot use to advertise your house, I can still find you a great property and I can still create an effective marketing campaign to get your house sold.
So call me at 703.927.4554 and let’s get started.
P.S. – * It does not violate fair housing to state what accessibility a property has. For instance, “wheelchair ramp, roll in shower, grab bars, etc” are fine. What you cannot say is “no handicapped people allowed.”