Why Won't You Answer My Questions?

Reblogger Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Property Manager with Gibson Management Group, Ltd.

I ALWAYS suggest alternative methods of finding this information including school SCORING websites....sometimes their questions are RED FLAGS for me and my tenant screeing process.

Original content by Margaret Woda

Q.  As a military transferee relocating to Maryland, I’m very frustrated about the way you beat around the bush when I inquire about different neighborhoods and schools in Crofton and throughout the D.C. area.  Why won’t you answer my questions?

Equal Housing OpportunityA.  Fair Housing Laws forbid real estate agents from providing information to consumers that could be interpreted as “steering” –  i.e., directing a client toward OR away from a particular property in a discriminatory manner.  In other words, my non-answer should not be interpreted as hiding negative information; the answer could be exactly what you want to hear.

Ten years ago, I probably would have suggested that you visit local schools and talk to individuals who live in neighborhoods you’re considering.  Today, however, I can refer you to websites that provide statistical data that may provide you with the peace of mind you’re looking for.  This will be particularly helpful for you, coming from another part of the country.

Demographics

Safety

Schools

Before you buy a home in Crofton or anywhere, it’s important to be familiar and comfortable with the neighborhood and broader community, as well as any individual home.  So don’t hesitate to ask questions because I may be able to suggest additional helpful websites.

Yet it’s still not a bad idea to do some research the old-fashioned way when you come for your house-hunting trip: make a personal visit to neighborhood schools, shopping, dining and recreation facilities BEFORE you buy a home.

And please understand that I’m not trying to be coy when I don’t give you a straightforward answer to your questions. I’m trying to follow the law.

 Posted originally to FocusOnCrofton.com

 
 

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Kathleen "Kathy" Price
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This is a great idea to put all of that information together on one page so that everyone can find what they are looking for. Abiding by the law is what we have to do. Thank you for the post.

Mar 07, 2013 07:03 PM #1
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My rental listings have EVERYTHING including floor plans....my inquiry forms starts my screening process and if they don't fill out the inquiry/contact I have to REask the same questions in my FIRST e-mail response which delays the process FOR THEM!!!

Mar 07, 2013 07:12 PM #2
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Roy Kelley
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Good choice for a re-blog.  This is good information for those that are new to property management.

Mar 07, 2013 07:33 PM #3
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Margaret Woda
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Wallace, thanks for the re-blog.

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Sorta like "why do they need a realtor again" you danged if you do and if you don't

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