Don’t ask me to find you a home in a “good” area. Don’t ask me to tell you which schools are the “good” ones. I do not have an opinion on the matter. Legally I cannot have an opinion on the matter.
One client this week asked me if a certain area was “good.” I said I can’t legally answer that question. She laughed until she saw that I wasn’t laughing. “It’s against Fair Housing statutes for me to answer your question,” I said.
“Other agents do,” she said, recalling open houses she had visited in Scottsdale where some agents allegedly weren’t shy about identifying where she and husband should and shouldn’t buy.
“If a mystery shopper comes through,” I said, “they’re in for a world of trouble. My license is too valuable to risk.”
Steering is prohibited by the Fair Housing Act. “Good” and “bad” when used in relation to neighborhoods or schools often are code relating to race or color. Not always but sometimes. The Fair Housing Act prohibits real estate agents from steering buyers to or from any neighborhood.
Besides, the idea of “good” or “bad” is pointless. What might be a good area to me may not be good in someone else’s opinion. It’s purely subjective. Judge the area by your own internal filter, tell me yea or nay and we’ll move on from there.
Don’t ask me if it’s a good neighborhood. I won’t tell you. I can’t tell you. My license is more valuable than any one possibly lost commission.
If you encounter agents who blatantly break the law when it comes to Fair Housing, ask yourself if this is the type of person with whom you want to do business.
That answer, I can tell you.
[tags]Fair Housing Act, Phoenix real estate[/tags]