With the real estate industry stamping itself as one of the best and biggest in the US economy courtesy of its growing population and maybe industrial activities, real estate agents are becoming popular more than ever before, many more people go into the business to have their share of the flowing honey. However, agents get the good, bad and ugly treatments from their clients but all these most times occur because those clients lack ideas about what to and what not to ask the realtor, or about what should be spoken to them at all by realtors. I have highlighted a few of those things you shouldn’t expect to hear from real estate agents to help you understand them better.
Don’t expect a direct answer about community neighbourhood demographics.
Yes, he is purposely giving you a run-around, but certain details about a neighbourhood or community will make him violate the Fair Housing Act as enacted into law in 1968 to check housing discriminations. Well, you could ask your agent if where he has taken you to is a good neighbourhood but don’t expect a straight answer. He must be cautious as the law protects against race, colour, national origin, religion, sex, disability and other discriminations that are based on peoples’ demography. The Fair Housing Act prohibits any professional from steering prospective homebuyers and tenants to choose if he wants to stay in the community or otherwise based on factors of demographics. This is such that equal access to housing for all groups of people are ensured to safeguard them from discrimination of any sort.
Therefore, if you have encountered situations where real estate agents get tightlipped when such questions are asked, he is both being professional and upholding the law of the land. Take for example, if he dare says a particular environment is suitable for young people, he is probably creating an impression in you that such area is not too good for you as an aged individual and he is already discriminating.
Do not expect to hear anything close to crime statistics and schools
Because crime statistics and details about educational institutions can be interpreted as a reference to the race which automatically violates the Fair Housing Act, do not expect to hear anything close to these from your agent, or better not ask. This particular law applies especially to cases of home selling. This is because a real estate agent is not expected to treat or talk differently about a particular group of people, race or religion regardless of if the buyer requests such information.
Technically, any sort of information that is traceable to discriminations is avoided as much as possible by real estate agents so as not to get themselves in trouble for your sake.
You can make your agents helps you
On several instances, real agents find themselves in positions where they try to explain why clients’ choices cannot be narrowed down to their expectations most especially because much of their request touch down on the protected classes. However, you can make your agents help you with a little tactics. If you want to confront a real estate agent with any of these requests, rather than ask him questions of discriminations, you are advised to contact friends or maybe touch base yourself by trying a little residency researches before telling your estate agent to find homes for you in such neighbourhood. Trust me; a real estate agent would always make you realize he cannot find houses for you based on those clauses of discriminations if you dare table them before him.
Finding the neighbourhood for you
While agents wouldn’t address your request based on the grounds of discriminations, they would always provide you with tools and resources to find that environment and communities that meet your need or suit you. Real estate organizations ensure to create pamphlets that are given to clients which orientate them about how to protect themselves buying or selling houses while they are made to avoid bias as much as possible through third party recommendation tactics. Searching information about a particular neighbourhood is now really made easy too as the internet offers you great chances to know about places you haven’t even set a foot. With couples of clicks, you would be able to tell few stories about where you have never been before.
Buying or selling a house just got easier, and you wouldn’t make unnecessary problems with your real estate agents the moment you understand issues like these.