10 Things Your Realtor Can't Tell You

Reblogger Debbie Reynolds
Real Estate Agent with Platinum Properties TN Broker: 208698

Buyers can ask and ask but there are certain questions I will not answer and they will have to find out for themselves. This is a fantastic post that you must read.

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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Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
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Hi Debbie, buyers and sellers ask their Realtors without knowing whether they're able to answer such questions, I suspect some do. There are websites we can direct them to rather than opening that can of worm. Excellent re-blog.

Mar 01, 2016 05:02 AM #1
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Allie Angeloni
Long Realty - Oro Valley, AZ

Great Re-Blog Debbie Reynolds thanks so much - and great original by @Mimi Foster.  This is an excellent reminder of what we cannot answer . . .

Mar 01, 2016 05:14 AM #2
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
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Debbie Reynolds - Number 10 resonates with me! Just last week I had a client who I have been working with insist there was a 5 acre property in a neighborhood I know really well.  He kept insisting it was there!  I finally figured out it was a typo!  .5 acres !!

Mar 01, 2016 05:43 AM #3
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Brenda Mullen
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Terrific post by Mimi and good on you for reblogging.  This is a great list of no-no questions to ask a Realtor®.  I once had a man tell me he wanted to only live in a Republican neighborhood......told him there was no way I could do that for him lol!

Mar 01, 2016 05:45 AM #4
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Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Debbie, what a great post from Mimi. Excellent list and all so true - there are things we just can't tell our clients. 

Mar 01, 2016 06:16 AM #5
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Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
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Debbie, thanks for reblogging this post. It's important for the public to understand that while these are questions they have and they want answers, we can't be the resource for those answers. It can be quite frustrating.

Mar 01, 2016 06:46 AM #6
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Debbie Reynolds
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Thank you friends for stopping by. Mimi made a great list and stated the facts.

Mar 01, 2016 11:28 AM #7
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Gita Bantwal
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Good morning Debbie. this is a good choice for  a reblog. Thank you for sharing.

Mar 01, 2016 07:58 PM #8
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Joe Petrowsky
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Good morning Debbie. Good choice for a re-blog. This post is so very true, could have used a few of these suggestions while I was in the real estate business.

Mar 01, 2016 08:18 PM #9
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This was a great choice for re blog.  I love the questions-- so true!

 

Mar 01, 2016 09:24 PM #10
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Roy Kelley
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This is an excellent selection for a reblog and important information to share with prospective home buyers.

Mar 02, 2016 09:52 PM #11
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I really liked this post and all the good information it contains. Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

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