10 Things Your Realtor Can't Tell You

Reblogger Nina Hollander
Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
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10 Things Your Realtor Can't Tell YouHere in the Charlotte metro area, there are certain questions we get from our clients all the time--and these are questions we, as Realors®, simply CANNOT answer. And when you ask them and we don't answer, please don't think we are not being cooperative in sharing information. There are many questions and issues we are prohibited by federal and/or local laws to discuss with our clients. And legalities aside, we are also prohibited from providing "advice/information" about subjects that are considered "outside" of our experise, which is selling homes. So it's not us choosing not to discuss certain topics with you when you are buying a home... we really can't discuss them and actually jeopardize our licenses if we do.

 

If you have any questions about the home buying process and real estate in the Charlotte metro area (that we can answer) contact Nina Hollander and Carolinas Realty Partners. We would love to have (a legal) converation with you!

 

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Original content by Mimi Foster

Over the past few decades of selling real estate, people often ask questions I can't answer, either because of laws preventing disclosure, or because so many of the questions are subjective and change from person to person or situation to situation. Here are some common questions your Realtor can't tell you:

  1. Is it a safe neighborhood?Realtor can't tell you if neighborhood is safe

    This is probably the question I get asked most often. I can't possibly answer that, but I can direct you to either the local police department for crime statistics, or to online sites that can give you area crime reports. Regardless of what the current status of a neighborhood is, something could happen next week that might change your comfort levels.

  2. Is this a family-friendly neighborhood? (Or conversely - We don't want to live near children.)

    Familial Status is a protected class under local and federal laws, so it's not legal for a Realtor to steer a client to an area that does or doesn't have children. If you want to be in child-friendly areas, you might look at homes near schools. To qualify as a Senior Only community, there are federal guidelines that must be adhered to, and exceptions cannot be made for some families and not others.

  3. Is this a good elementary/junior high/high school?

    As with many areas of housing, "good" and "safe" and "clean" are all subjective, meaning everyone's opinion can be different. For questions like this, statistics can be found online for certain school criteria. Once you've identified a home that interests you, you might also want to ask neighbors, or speak with teachers and staff at the school you're considering.

  4. Realtor can't tell you about religious neighborhoodsCan you find us a Catholic neighborhood? (or Jewish, or Mormon, or hispanic, or Lebanese, etc.)

    Not only is religion a protected class, but so are nationalities. A Realtor can't possibly know what your criteria might be, nor is "steering" in any way legal. If there are specific places where you would like to live, specific neighborhoods where your friends live or where your group meets or where your church is located, then we can certainly show you homes in areas you request, but please don't ask us to specify those neighborhoods for you.

  5. Are there sex offenders in the neighborhood?

    Megan's Law requires convicted sex offenders to register their address with local officials. This information is available to the public. You may check the public records, or, for a nominal fee, get up-to-the-minute information from the police department in the locality of where you're considering a move. Since all information is subject to change (and not everyone registers how they're supposed to), if this is an area that's important to you, make sure you're comfortable with the information you gather.

  6. We want you to advertise our house to single, young professionals.

    Um . . . no. Besides other things, you can't discriminate based on marital status (this is considered discriminatory against someone who is not single) and age is protected (you can't solicit to exclude the elderly).

  7. Realtor can't tell you if your home value will increaseWill the house I'm buying go up in value?

    If we had a crystal ball, we might better be able to answer that question. In 2007 when the market was hot, people thought they couldn't lose. Then 2008 happened, and we are slowly recovering. There are too many variables - area considerations, economy (especially local), style, etc. But if you liked the house when you bought it, chances are, when it comes time to sell, someone else will like it as well, especially if it's in good and clean condition.

  8. Can we build a garage on the property?

    Each municipality has different laws regarding setbacks and variances. If building a garage is important to you (or a shed or a separate structure or modifying the structure that currently exists), I recommend you check with your local building department to find their specifics for what you have in mind.

  9. What's the standard real estate commission?

    THERE IS NO STANDARD REAL ESTATE COMMISSION. I can tell you what my company charges as standard practice, but commission is negotiable and I can't speak to what any other company or agent charges.

  10. Why do Trulia and Zillow advertise five bedroom houses for $50,000 on five acres in the mountains that were never available?

    definitely can't answer that question. Please stop asking.

    Realtor can't tell you why Trulia advertises homes that aren't for sale

 
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Rainmaker
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Will Hamm
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Good Morning Nina Hollander,  Great reblog on this subject.  People try to ask us all of these.  Have a great day.

Feb 25, 2016 10:26 PM #1
Rainmaker
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Will Hamm ~ good morning, Will. They don't just "try" to ask, they do ask. And then we "try" not to answer them! It's alaways a bit of an interesting dance.

Feb 25, 2016 10:30 PM #2
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Mimi Foster
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Thank you so much for the reblog. I very much appreciate it. 

Feb 25, 2016 10:38 PM #3
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Mimi Foster ~ this was a great post and it was my pleasure to reblog. 

Feb 25, 2016 10:42 PM #4
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Bill Roberts
Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate - Oceanside, CA
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Well Nina Hollander talk about skimming the cream. Mimi's post is really a winner.

Bill Roberts

Feb 25, 2016 11:11 PM #5
Rainmaker
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Bill Roberts ~ hi Bill... this was an excellent post and hit home as I probably get at least one of those questions on each and every transaction.

Feb 26, 2016 12:32 AM #6
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Great reblog Nina Hollander and excellent intro to it.

Feb 26, 2016 12:37 AM #7
Rainmaker
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Bob "RealMan" Timm ~ hi Bob... and thanks. I always feel that if I reblog something I need to provide some "original" commentary relating to the reblogged material.

Feb 26, 2016 01:26 AM #8
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Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
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What a great choice for a reblog, this is very important.  When I attend these types of classes, I definitely appreciate learning all about these types of things we aren't allowed to say and how to properly address them.

Feb 26, 2016 03:07 AM #9
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Nina good reblog.  I cracked up at question #10 - I don't know so please stop asking!!!

Feb 26, 2016 03:34 AM #10
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Anna Banana Kruchten ~ hi Anna... I laughed at #10 as well. I get all sorts of weird questions about stuff on Z&T.

Feb 26, 2016 03:38 AM #11
Rainmaker
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Brian England ~ hi Brian... that's really important these days to know just what you can or can't say. People are so "sue-happy" you never know when someone uses what you said against you in a law suit.

Feb 26, 2016 03:39 AM #12
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Grant Schneider
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Hi Nina - many of those questions regarding fair housing appear as well employment. 

Feb 26, 2016 04:26 AM #13
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
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You are right, we are unable to tell them this stuff, but we are allowed to tell them where to go for the info

Feb 26, 2016 04:53 AM #14
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

 William Feela ~ hi Bill, of course the public doesn't know we can discuss certain things. Once I explain why they get it.

 

Feb 26, 2016 05:28 AM #15
Rainmaker
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Grant Schneider ~ it's been 27 years since I've had to hire anyone, but it wouldn't surprise me that the hiring restrictions these days are similar to housing. 

Feb 26, 2016 05:30 AM #16
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Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
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That's a start all right!  There's plenty more where that came from.  

Feb 27, 2016 05:43 AM #17
Rainmaker
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner ~ Carla, I'm sure we could all write books of biblical proportions on subjects like this!

Feb 27, 2016 05:49 AM #18
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That was a great post Nina Hollander and I bet everyone responding could add a few more to the list; I know I can.

Feb 29, 2016 05:26 PM #19
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi Deanna... these are the "big 10," if you will. But not doubt we could double the list pretty easily.

Feb 29, 2016 06:55 PM #20
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