Questions Your Realtor Can Answer: What is the best color?

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC BK3064647

I help a lot of folks who are moving to central Florida.  Some are familiar with the area and know pretty much what they are seeking in a home and new neighborhood.   But those having little familiarity often have lots of questions.

And I try to answer as many questions as possible.

Still, there are some questions I can't answer

These are the obvious ( and not so obvious) ones that would reflect a violation of the Fair Housing laws. [Learn about the Fair Housing Law.]   

Topics like what kind of people live in a particular area are a no-no.   Avoiding family status (family friendly, adults only, no children, etc) discussions is necessary.   It goes without saying racial composition is never up for discussion.  

Specific questions about the area including the location of schools, shopping, recreational facilities, churches and other topics will likely be asked.

There may be questions about the crime rate.  Is this neighborhood safe?  Is so and so elementary a good school? 

While not all of these questions are prohibited your real estate agent will avoid answering some anyway.

Many smart agents will refer questioners to visit local schools,  call the local law enforcement department, ride around the neighborhood after work hours or on the weekend.

The bottom line when it comes to questions, answers and buying a new home:  It all depends on who you are asking and their motivation

Asking a seller if the neighbors are good may get a different response than if you ask the guy not selling his home!

Asking a six foot man if the pool is deep may get a different response than asking a four foot eight inch person.

Some of these questions, even if an answer was permitted, may be strictly an opinion.  

Think of it this way... what is the best color?

 

 

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Gary L. Waters, is a Florida licensed real estate broker at  Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, Melbourne, Florida serving Florida's Space Coast including the cities and surrounding communities of Melbourne, Viera, Rockledge, Suntree, Merritt Island, Cocoa Beach and Satellite Beach.

 Call or text me directly at 321-693-3850.

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
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I am a firm believer in the YES...NO and I DON'T KNOW systems. This situation calls for ...THE WHAT DO YOU THINK response...

Jan 10, 2017 07:53 AM #30
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Andrew Mooers
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The area around the property listings. So many sites just have the room count, sizes and nothing to add to why you ought to land here. What life is like around this neigborhood is very important. Can't say family... so "your loved ones" will enjoy this prime location. That is the local color splash. If you post videos, local imagery, those media streams do the answering the hard questions and don't tie you up.

Jan 10, 2017 07:56 AM #31
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Joe Pryor
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I have a REALTOR® who handles our listings and new construction for investors who has a design degree. He creates the color palettes for interior and exterior looks.

Jan 10, 2017 08:40 AM #32
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Jerry Murphy, CRS
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It's difficult sometimes to stay within the bounds. When out of state buyers are coming in to find a home they depend on our knowledge of the area.  If we continually defer they may grow frustrated with us and move on.  It's a fine line we must tread.

Jan 10, 2017 10:05 AM #33
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Eileen Burns
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Realotrs subscribe to a Code of Ethics which many fail to understand and implement.  When buyers and sellers make some of these inquiries they may be directed to clickable links that can be added to your webiste.  In many instances when I decide I can work with a buyer or seller, I present a copy of the Code of Ethics for their file. Otherwise, I learned how to say NO to some of that business

Jan 10, 2017 11:12 AM #34
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IRMA Beltran
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Very interesting post, love the pool analogy. Very true what's good to me may not be for you. I might see green you may see a different color.  I always recommend they drive on the weekends and late evenings.

Have a Wonderful Blessed Day!!! 

Jan 10, 2017 11:34 AM #35
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Stephen Turner
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Working for homebuilders, I've learned that the questions like "What do you think of this cabinet with this countertop" are the worst, as you said, its opinions. And our job is to help others achieve what they want, not to give them our opinions.

 

Jan 10, 2017 11:48 AM #36
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Gary you make really good points!  And my favorite is the pool question - it's all in the mind of the buyer/seller.

Jan 10, 2017 03:10 PM #37
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Debbie Reynolds
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Hi Gary, That is true that many of the answers can be a matter of opinion. I refer many touchy questions to websites or simply say I cannot answer under the law.

Jan 10, 2017 04:23 PM #38
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Dörte Engel
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Dear Gary,

Baskin Robbins has 31 flavors, because not everyone likes the same one. They even make weird combinations, that would never occur to me. Since that is the case, I usually refer people to other sources for their information, so it is up to date & direct, not through the filter of me. Regarding color, "Greenery" seems to be the flavor of the year. So long as you like it, you may even use it in your home.

Jan 10, 2017 04:59 PM #39
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Hi Gary

Well done! There are lots of questions that buyers ask that we cannot, and should not, answer! There are lots of resources we can share that will help buyers with the information they need.

Jeff

Jan 10, 2017 05:01 PM #40
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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC - New Fairfield, CT
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It's difficult for us to "dance around" some of those questions, but all too many agents spout their opinions freely (and illegally).

Jan 10, 2017 05:44 PM #41
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Lou Ludwig
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Gary

Congratulations on receiving a feature for your post.
Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jan 10, 2017 08:03 PM #42
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Diana Dahlberg
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Depending on the question I may refer the client to a website or blog I've read ... and although we find ourselves in this Q&A with many clients we need to remember we can never give legal advice or "opinion" on some questions -- but if we are straight up and honest with the client, it is the right thing to do and keeps us out of trouble ... and in the long run, the client will remember us as an agent who is ethical and worthy of a referral to one of their family, friends or associates.

Jan 10, 2017 08:56 PM #43
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Carol Lynn Johnson
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I get asked all the time about crime rates in certain areas.  I offer my buyers a public web site that id's demographics about the area including crime stats.  I also suggest that they drive around the neighborhood at various times of the day themselves.

Jan 11, 2017 06:34 AM #44
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Anna Hatridge
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Congratulations on the feature!  Great way to share that we all need to be aware of our obligations to be fair and truthful.

Jan 11, 2017 06:59 AM #45
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Better to be in the jury box than at the defendants table.  Using caution in what advice you give a buyer is important. If you accidentally say something wrong that the buyer relies upon as fact could get you sued.

Jan 11, 2017 07:46 AM #46
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Gary, hopefully they are picking jurors and you will  make the cut and not be picked!

Jan 11, 2017 07:52 AM #47
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Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
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Agent have to be so careful answering these types of questions!  Fortunately, after explaining why, most buyers understand.

Jan 11, 2017 11:23 AM #48
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Elyse Berman, PA, CRS
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Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC  You make all good points.  Your pool one was good.

Jan 11, 2017 05:41 PM #49
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