Is this a good neighborhood?

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Okay, I'll admit it. I love the HGTV shows! As if working 12 hours a day on real estate isn't enough, I spend too much of my free time watching other realtors do their jobs.

The other day, I was watching a show where a family was looking for a vacation home on the beach in Mexico. I like the beach. I like Mexico. This will be fun! I thought.

However, at the first home, the realtor stated: This home is in a good neighborhood.

I wondered if I heard her correctly.

We all know that all real estate is local and there are different rules in different associations, but where I live (USA), we are not supposed to assert that a neighborhood is good, bad or whatever.

Still wondering if I had heard her correctly, the family proceeded to the second home. She said it again: This is a good neighborhood. I think she also added that it is quiet or something.

Again, at the third home: This is a good neighborhood.

So either all three homes are in really outstanding neighborhoods, or this is something she always says.

If I were to say something like that here, it would be considered a Fair Housing violation. The words good neighborhood mean different things to different people. We're just the source of the source, you know.

You want to know the crime rates? Look it up. You want to know about the schools? Look it up.

Perhaps anything goes in Mexico. Perhaps all the neighborhoods are good in Mexico. I don't know. Just don't ask me to tell you whether or not the neighborhood is good when I show you a home in Arizona!



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This post was authored by John & Shannon Cox, THE COX TEAM, Phoenix area Real Estate Consultants and Agents serving the East Valley cities of Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, Tempe, Queen Creek and surrounding areas.


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Comments (3)

Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

     Great way to find yourself in a Fair Housing lawsuit!   Like you, I provide the contact information for the School Board, the Police and Sheriff, the Census Bureau, and other neutral 3rd parties.

Jun 12, 2014 08:48 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Not sure if any other countries have fair housing laws at all.

Jun 12, 2014 09:06 AM
Diana White-Pettis
Bennett Realty Solutions - Upper Marlboro, MD
GRI, CDPE, CNE, WHC Upper Marlboro Homes for Sale

I also provide the contact information so they can speak directly with the various parties and make their own determination on whether they think the neighborhood is "good."  Doing anything to the contrary is definitely a lawsuit waiting to happen!

Jun 12, 2014 01:40 PM