Dear Seller – I Know Your Home is Family Friendly But I Just Can’t Say That

Dear Seller – I Know Your Home is Family Friendly But I Just Can’t Say That

While your home may be prefect for a large family, in a quiet, family neighborhood and right Federal Fair Housing Actacross the street from the Catholic church I just can’t say that.  Your home may be right in the middle of the financial district, near public transportation and have a free membership to the gym making it ideal for a working professional but I just can’t say that. 

You see, there is the Federal Fair Housing Act that I must adhere to that strictly prohibits discriminatory preference against:

  • Race or Color
  • National Origin
  • Religion
  • Sex
  • Familial Status
  • Handicap/Disability

To advertise your home in a family friendly neighborhood would be discriminatory.  Why?  It would discourage those without children from looking at your home based on familial status.  While your home may be right across the street from the largest Catholic church in town it would be discriminatory based on Religion.

As a Realtor® it is my job to highlight your home and advertise it in the best possible light.  If you hire me to be your Realtor® then you must be comfortable with me and trust that I know how to advertise your home without violating the Federal Fair Housing Act.   If you DON’T hire me, or any Realtor® for that matter, to assist you in selling your home you must know that you are subject to the Federal Fair Housing Act as well.  Yes, even as a private seller! 

The next time you see the ad that I run for your home please don’t be upset with me for not mentioning that your home is family friendly or right next door to the Synagogue.  Besides, your home has many more beneficial attributes for me to concentrate on!

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