How's the Neighborhood? How good are the schools?

Reblogger Maureen McCabe
Real Estate Agent with HER Realtors

eCard from Real Living Back to School

This is a reblog of content from Diane Lynch a real estate agent in Illinois.  Diane is in the Chicago area but what she is saying about schools and neighborhood safety is true for Central Ohio too.

There's lots of information available about schools and neighborhoods in Central Ohio. 

Some Central Ohio Public School Info

Some Central Ohio Private School Info


The image is an eCard from Real Living.  I am an agent with Real Living HER in Central Ohio.


Original content by Diane Lynch

To the buyers out there......

Realtors cannot tell you "how the neighborhood is" or "how good are the schools" in particular areas. That is against the Fair Housing Laws. We can offer you websites to research these things. We can tell you to search on the internet. We can suggest you knock on doors in the neighborhood to talk to the neighbors. But we cannot give our opinions on how "safe" the area is. We encourage you to research the area before you buy. It's important to buy in a neighborhood you feel comfortable in.

It's not that we don't know the area. It's not that we are holding back. It's just that we can't help you there or we are violating the law.


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Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

Interesting.  Where in the law does it say that a buyer's agent cannot provide published information about public schools when asked by a home buyer?

Jan 24, 2009 07:10 AM #1
Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

I don't think Diane said real estate agents can't share info with buyers, I took it to mean, don't ask me for MY opinion of what schools are good for YOUR kids.  Thanks for the comment.

Jan 24, 2009 07:15 AM #2
Carol Smith
Casmi Photography - Mebane, NC

Maureen - Sometimes we (agents) get asked some tricky questions by buyers and it's hard to remember NOT to share our personal opinions.  I do provide clients with a printout of resources to make their 'fact finding' mission a little easier, but I shy away from 'opinions' that could be misinterpreted.  Besides - my idea of a safe neighborhood could vary widely from a client's viewpoint - and vice versa.

Jan 24, 2009 10:43 AM #3
Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
Re/Max Realty 100 262-377-1459 - Oconomowoc, WI
Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent,Waukesha


Put the great information out there and let the buyers form their own opinion.


Tom Braatz

Jan 24, 2009 02:11 PM #4
Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

I am sure there are buyers who like decisions made for them... what is the BEST school, what is a safe  neighborhood.

Thanks for the comments.


Jan 25, 2009 02:53 PM #5
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