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NC Real Estate Q&A - Neighborhood Demographics

NC Real Estate Q&A - Neighborhood Demographics

 

Q: Why won’t my agent discuss neighborhood demographic information with me? 

 

A: The federal Fair Housing Act and North Carolina’s State Fair Housing Act both prohibit discrimination against any individual based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, handicap or familial status in the sale, rental or advertising of any and all residential property. As well, a violation of federal and state fair housing laws by a real estate agent is also a violation of our Real Estate License Law. 

Code of Ethics and beyond

In our state, we are bound to be mindful in, not only advertising but, verbal comments, with reference to race, religion, national origin or any of the protected classes. Spoken or written words in violation of fair housing are equally offensive and the punishment, equally as harsh. 

 

Realtors® are bound by the REALTOR® Code of Ethics, which contains Article 10, prohibiting Realtors® from discriminating on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity. 

 

Standard of Practice 10-1 states: “When involved in the sale or lease of a residence, REALTORS® shall not volunteer information regarding the racial, religious or ethnic composition of any neighborhood.” 

 

Bottom Line

 

In the world of residential real estate in North Carolina (and South Carolina as well), we are bound NOT to provide neighborhood demographic information. 

I have, and always will, continue to advise my clients that because of fair housing laws, I are not permitted to provide information regarding any of the protected classes, but they are certainly free to obtain it from a multitude of other sources available locally and online.

 

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Comment balloon 12 commentsDebe Maxwell, CRS • July 19 2019 04:16PM

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Debe: It is a question that often comes up. Good explanation of what agents in NC can and cannot say.

Posted by Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA (ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055) about 2 months ago

Morning Debe.

I've had a couple of former clients, that tried to get me to do that.  Needless to say, it didn't work, they left to go to another agent.  I smiled as they walked out.

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) about 2 months ago

Oh yes, we are also very mindful of the Fair Housing Act and steering.  Buyers are certainly able to find out what they need online and by driving through various neighborhoods on their own. 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) about 2 months ago

This is important information to share with prospective home buyers.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) about 2 months ago

Hi Debe Maxwell, CRS - This is a good public service post for all to understand and heed those words. 

I am not sure what the correct term is for those like the ACLU or NAACP who might "shop" real estate areas. I don't even know if that takes place...But I have had a young couple recently who were of two different races and asked me if that would be a problem?  I probably looked perplexed and said why would that be a problem? They had all the right papers, pre-approval, etc. They appeared to be qualified buyers. They were from a state that borders Canada and flew down here to find a property because one of them already had a job lined up. Nothing out of the ordinary. 

I showed them properties that fit their criteria and they really wanted one but said they had to wait on the sale of a property in another state. They were here for the weekend and were flying back the next day. 

What makes me wonder, I had a couple of phone calls and then nothing... no return of my calls and something just felt fishy as I thought back on our conversations.  

Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) about 2 months ago

Hello Debe,  I do know of a couple of agents that were set up by the real estate commission years ago.  It was a learning experience for them.

 

Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) about 2 months ago

It really does come up more often that I would like it to. I'm always a little surprised but, when I explain why, I've never had anyone have an issue with that, Anita Clark.

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) about 2 months ago

I have to, James Dray but, I've never had one that didn't accept my explanation of why 'we can't have this conversation - ever!' 

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) about 2 months ago

Absolutely, Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - there is so much information online that they can sift through.

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) about 2 months ago

Thank you, Roy Kelley! Sometimes it's nice to post a little refresher for those who ask.

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) about 2 months ago

Hi Sheri Sperry - MCNE®! I'll be that's exactly what they were doing. I actually feel like I had that happen to me a couple of weeks ago. I just happened to be with another agent and we both sensed that we were being tested and both agreed, we are both committed to following the letter of the law and said or did nothing wrong. 

I understand why they do this and I am just fine with them doing so too!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) about 2 months ago

I have a feeling I was recently and I was with another agent (both of us are brokers-in-charge) and I can promise you we both passed with flying colors!

Will Hamm 

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) about 2 months ago

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