Making a Prospective Buyer want to Run Away

Reblogger Eric Kodner
Real Estate Broker/Owner with Wayzata Lakes Realty: Eric Kodner Sells Twin Cities Homes

I chose to re-blog Ed Silva's post because it documents an incident of anti-Semitism in the course of showing residential real estate.  Mr. Silva reports,

"The main wall of the house, which was around the front door and been painted in black spray paint with anti-Semitic phrases, racist phrases and graffiti of all types."

This kind of housing discrimination and particularly buyer exposure to religious/racial hate speech is rarely reported.  Agents need to recognize and acknowledge that this is a Fair Housing and non-discrimination issue.  We all need to be vigilant and aware that we may encounter hate speech in the conduct of our business.

 

 

Via Ed Silva CDPE, GRI, ABR, Real Estate Agent (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754):

Making a Prospective Buyer want to Run Away

I had an experience with an attempted showing this weekend that makes me just shake my head and wonder what people are thinking. The particular property has been on the market for a while, and is in an area where comparables are not easy to obtain.

My clients are looking for a get-a-way home with waterfront access. They are looking, in particular, around some of the larger lakes in the Litchfield County area of Connecticut.

In waterfront property there can be a wide spread of values and some sellers know that the premium for waterfront may be acceptable if the house is right.

As we approached this one particular home, we were greeted by the homeowner that was leaving. She explained that her mother was staying behind to attend to their dog. The animal was described as being very friendly. As I peered into the doorway, I was greeted by a pit bull, no leash or collar just barking up a storm.

 

We suggested that the mother put the dog into one of the rooms while we walked around the outside of the home.

The home had a rental apartment that was separate from the main home and as it was unoccupied we headed to see that. When we walked in, the place was a mess, and was worthy of just a turn around and leave. That’s when the day just turned.

The main wall of the house, which was around the front door and been painted in black spray paint with anti-Semitic phrases, racist phrases and graffiti of all types.

We left the house, and I got on the phone to the listing agent and suggested that they get back and take a look at their listing.

I received a call from the agent later that night, and she apologized profusely for herself and on behalf of her client. Evidently a friend of the seller’s son had asked to live in the apartment for a few weeks and they had not gone in after he had left. That individual should be carefully watched as he could be a cause for concern, or worse down the road.

We as agent’s need to attend to our business but we also have an obligation to make sure our clients attend to their properties as well, and make them buyer friendly. This is more important when dealing with rental properties with owners that are not local, and as noted, sometimes live next door but are not very vigilant.

Making a Prospective Buyer want to Run Away

 

Want to get more information on available homes or condos in the Central Connecticut area? Go to my MLSPulse Home Search site to sign up for ALL Connecticut property listings!

Do you know somebody who is behind on their mortgage and doesn't know what to do? I may be able to help them, especially if they are facing foreclosure!

Visit my Short Sale Help site:    www.ctshortsalessite.com 

Whether looking to buy or sell, we service the Greater Waterbury towns of Beacon Falls, Bethany, Cheshire, Naugatuck, Middlebury, Southington, Thomaston, Waterbury, Watertown and Wolcott 

Ed Silva  RE/MAX Professionals,  www.edwardsilva.com  203-206-0754

Original content by Ed Silva REB.0759001

Making a Prospective Buyer want to Run Away

I had an experience with an attempted showing this weekend that makes me just shake my head and wonder what people are thinking. The particular property has been on the market for a while, and is in an area where comparables are not easy to obtain.

My clients are looking for a get-a-way home with waterfront access. They are looking, in particular, around some of the larger lakes in the Litchfield County area of Connecticut.

In waterfront property there can be a wide spread of values and some sellers know that the premium for waterfront may be acceptable if the house is right.

As we approached this one particular home, we were greeted by the homeowner that was leaving. She explained that her mother was staying behind to attend to their dog. The animal was described as being very friendly. As I peered into the doorway, I was greeted by a pit bull, no leash or collar just barking up a storm.

 

We suggested that the mother put the dog into one of the rooms while we walked around the outside of the home.

The home had a rental apartment that was separate from the main home and as it was unoccupied we headed to see that. When we walked in, the place was a mess, and was worthy of just a turn around and leave. That’s when the day just turned.

The main wall of the house, which was around the front door and been painted in black spray paint with anti-Semitic phrases, racist phrases and graffiti of all types.

We left the house, and I got on the phone to the listing agent and suggested that they get back and take a look at their listing.

I received a call from the agent later that night, and she apologized profusely for herself and on behalf of her client. Evidently a friend of the seller’s son had asked to live in the apartment for a few weeks and they had not gone in after he had left. That individual should be carefully watched as he could be a cause for concern, or worse down the road.

We as agent’s need to attend to our business but we also have an obligation to make sure our clients attend to their properties as well, and make them buyer friendly. This is more important when dealing with rental properties with owners that are not local, and as noted, sometimes live next door but are not very vigilant.

Making a Prospective Buyer want to Run Away

Want to get more information on available homes or condos in the Central Connecticut area? Go to my MLSPulse Home Search site to sign up for ALL Connecticut property listings!

Do you know somebody who is behind on their mortgage and doesn't know what to do? I may be able to help them, especially if they are facing foreclosure!

Visit my Short Sale Help site:    www.ctshortsalessite.com 

Whether looking to buy or sell, we service the Greater Waterbury towns of Beacon Falls, Bethany, Cheshire, Naugatuck, Middlebury, Southington, Thomaston, Waterbury, Watertown and Wolcott 

Ed Silva  RE/MAX Professionals,  www.edwardsilva.com  203-206-0754

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Eric - whether this is a Fair Housing and/or non-discrimination issue, it is plain wrong on a human side 

Nov 15, 2011 03:00 PM #1
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KAREN THOMPSON, GRI, REALTOR
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Yes, I agree, but sometimes our seller's do things of which we are not aware.   Cuddos for the buyer's agent that made the seller's agent aware of it.

Nov 15, 2011 03:05 PM #2
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Eric Kodner
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Jon - Regardless of what racial, religious, ethnic or other group is involved, hate speech on display in housing for sale is a problem.  I imagine HUD would see this as an issue of interest.

Nov 15, 2011 03:10 PM #3
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Eric Kodner
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Karen - It's quite possible that HUD could hold an owner (or even a listing agent) responsible for not taking steps to remove graffiti containing hate speech from a listed property.  I'm not at all certain that a lack of awareness is an excuse for a listing agent to miss something this repugnant.  Yes, Ed is to be commended for pointing this out to the listing agent.

Nov 15, 2011 03:14 PM #4
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Eric

Thanks for reblogging this to get the word out to others. I find it hard to believe no one was aware. Thank goodness Ed reported it to the listing agent. You have to wonder.

Jeff

Nov 15, 2011 03:46 PM #5
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Eric Kodner
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Jeff - I think HUD would find this interesting.  I know they gather information on hate incidents in connection with real estate transactions.

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