Dear Seller - I Know Your Home is Family Friendly But I Just Can't Say That

Real Estate Agent with Realty Austin TREC Lic. 0572694

This is a great post on one of the most common questions we are asked as Realtors. Realtors may not discuss the religious or ethnic makeup of neighborhoods! This is to prevent practices like steering (where a certain group is pushed to live in a certain area) or redlining (where lenders don't lend in certain areas due to the people living there). So when your Realtor declines to comment when asked about matters like race, age, religion, or familial status in a neighborhood, they are simply trying their best to be fair and equal to everyone!

Original content by Leesa Finley NC #129285

Dear Seller - I Know Your Home is Family Friendly But I Just Can't Say That

While your home may be prefect for a large family, in a quiet, family neighborhood and right
Federal Fair Housing Actacross the street from the Catholic church I just can't say that.  Your home may be right in the middle of the financial district, near public transportation and have a free membership to the gym making it ideal for a working professional but I just can't say that. 

You see, there is the Federal Fair Housing Act that I must adhere to that strictly prohibits discriminatory preference against:

  • Race or Color
  • National Origin
  • Religion
  • Sex
  • Familial Status
  • Handicap/Disability

To advertise your home in a family friendly neighborhood would be discriminatory.  Why?  It would discourage those without children from looking at your home based on familial status.  While your home may be right across the street from the largest Catholic church in town it would be discriminatory based on Religion.

As a Realtor® it is my job to highlight your home and advertise it in the best possible light.  If you hire me to be your Realtor® then you must be comfortable with me and trust that I know how to advertise your home without violating the Federal Fair Housing Act.   If you DON'T hire me, or any Realtor® for that matter, to assist you in selling your home you must know that you are subject to the Federal Fair Housing Act as well.  Yes, even as a private seller! 

The next time you see the ad that I run for your home please don't be upset with me for not mentioning that your home is family friendly or right next door to the Synagogue.  Besides, your home has many more beneficial attributes for me to concentrate on!

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Comments (4)

Kymberly Caldwell-Muniz
(909) 973-0410 - Fontana, CA
TCR Group Keller Williams Realty Rancho Cucamonga

Hi Tom, thanks again for reminding us on our code of ethics. Great information.

Jun 28, 2010 03:45 AM
Charlie Ragonesi - Big Canoe, GA
Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros

I think if there is a play set in the yard or plug stoppers in the home you can say the yard and home has features which make it kid friendly. By inference that means family friendly I do not see this as a proble. However there is a line to alk here I agree with you

Jun 28, 2010 03:52 AM
Leesa Finley
RED Properties - Wake Forest, NC
RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate

Wow, Tom, thanks so much for the re-blog!  I greatly appreciate it and I LOVE seeing others take this so seriously!

Wake Forest NC House Chick

Jun 29, 2010 01:19 PM
Orlando Masis
Appraisal IQ (Real Estate Appraisal) in Austin Texas - Austin, TX
Austin Appraiser, for Real Estate

None of these are relevant to the appraisal process, either!

Feb 25, 2011 08:44 AM