Fair Housing: Does it Apply to You? What Realtors, Buyers and Sellers Should Know
Fellow AR Blogger Nick Pappas wrote an excellent blog below about Fair Housing and What You should know. I missed it the first time around and feel it is so important that it should be re-posted. Please be sure to stop by Nick's post and comment.
I'm happy to say "Fair Housing" usually isn't an issue when I'm working with buyer's and sellers. The most common question I get is about crime. Like Nick, I refer them to crime websites or to the police station. Not only is it a a Fair Housing issue, but, we honestly cannot keep up with crime statistics in every area. Not to mention, everyone has a different perception. Someone coming from New York City may have a different perception than someone moving from Faith, North Carolina.
The second thing of course is schools. We have a lot of great schools in our area. People want to know which is the best. The question I wonder is what do they think makes a school "the best". If they want to know the highest scores, those are posted online. If they have a specific program in mind such as marching band, information technology, sports, etc., that can be easy to discover too. What one parent things is the best school, another may not. Each parent needs to find the school that meets their child's best needs. Talking to others and speaking with the school is a great place to start.
So, please don't get frustrated with your Real Estate Professional if they seem to be skirting a quesiton, it may be a Fair Housing question.
The Fair Housing Act Realtors Buyers and Sellers What You Should Know
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"There's no place like home," and The Fair Housing Act Realtors Buyers and Sellers What You Should Know takes on new meaning when buying your home for the first time. A seemingly endless process of things to do and sign in preparation for move-in day and, of course, the accompanied potential snags that rest at every corner as you approach home ownership. Should you run into trouble that seems difficult to resolve when buying your home, you may find yourself wondering about the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA).
The goal of NFHA is to "eliminate housing discrimination and to ensure equal housing opportunity for all people" through raising questions and pursuing legal remedy when needed. Passed originally in 1968, the Fair Housing Act makes it illegal to discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, family situation or national origin.
Also, keep in mind the next time you ask your Realtor about "how safe a neighborhood is" or who lives there and your Realtor sounds a little vague, non-commital or points you toward the internet to search for those answers...the Fair Housing Act also prohibits real estate professionals from advertising and advising on specific demographics, such as school boundaries or crime rates. However, as the potential buyer of your home, you still need access to that information. The following resources may assist you in finding the statistics you seek without violating fair housing laws when search for your home.
Need Info on Your Community? Click here.
Want to Search Your Area for Sex Offenders? Click here to search by name or location.
Seeking School Information? Find maps defining boundaries for your community on school district websites.
Desire Specific Crime Rates? Contact your local Police Station for maps and recent block activity.
You can also search the internet to find more detailed information on churches, social groups, cultural ties of specific communities. Keep in mind that the information you find when researching your home can play a huge role in your overall home satisfaction, so is a critical step to consider, especially since your real estate professional is unable to share those details with you.
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