A REALTOR can be a wealth of knowledge to a prospective buyer.
REALTORS build relationships with customers and often buyers feel that they can talk to them about anything.
Due to various laws there are many questions that REALTORS cannot answer.
For example REALTORS cannot comment on-
- demographic statistics, such as the cultural make up of a neighborhood.
- sex offenders in a neighborhood.
- crime statistics in a neighborhood.
REALTORS are forbidden from steering a buyer to or away from a specific area.
In our area of Brevard County Florida we had seen such a population boom that our school districts and boundary maps were continually changing. So, when a buyer moved to a specified area, we were uncertain as to whether their home will be included in their school district of choice the following year. Thus, we were advised not to discuss school districts. Many agents refer buyers to the Brevard Public School System Website, in our area. The site highlights school districts and it is full of statistical data in our area.
Many counties have their own school system websites. There are websites available that will tell which addresses are within a given school district. You can find them on my website.
REALTORS are in a position to refer their customer to the necessary websites to help them find the information that may help them make a decision to suit both their wants and their needs. One such website is City Data. It is packed full of statistical data on any given area. Crime stats for an area can be found here, also.
A REALTOR can refer a client to the National Sex Offender Registry Website for sex offenders in an area.
Remember, Realtors also cannot give legal advice to a client. This is best left to an attorney.
So, the next time a buyer asks a REALTOR a question that they are unable to answer, remember, there are topics that agents cannot discuss. There are various resources today that offer an abundance of excellent information. But, be sure to check that you are getting the information from a trusted site.