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Buyers: I Can't Answer Some of the Questions you ask me!

Over the years I have been asked questions that I cannot answer because it would be azippered mouthviolation of the Realtor code of ethics or civil rights law.

Here are some questions that buyers should not ask their agents because we cannot answer them, along with the answers you will get from me:

Is this a safe neighborhood? I don't know what your idea of safe is. You may want to visit the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office website or applicable county's website.

http://sheriff.cuyahogacounty.us/

What is the racial or ethnic makeup of this neighborhood? For me to answer that would be a violation of civil rights law.  

 

 

  • Standard of Practice 10-1


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 nor shall they engage in any activity which may result in panic selling, however, REALTORS® may provide other demographic information. (Adopted 1/94, Amended 1/06) 

 

 

Are there any sexual predators in this neighborhood? I don't know but you may be able to have that question answered here.

http://www.esorn.ag.state.oh.us/Secured/p1.aspx


How are the schools in this neighborhood? I don't know what you are looking for in a school system. You can visit this website to find out about the schools in Ohio.

http://www.osba-ohio.org/schools.htm


Are there any kids in this neighborhood? I don't know. You may want to drive around the neighborhood and see if you can assess that for yourself.

Here are some questions I can answer:

How many homes are on the market here?
How many homes have sold in the nieghborhood in the last 6 months?
How many homes are  pending?
What is the school system in this neighborhood?
What are the taxes per year?
Is there a city income tax here?
Does this development allow pets and are there any other pet restrictions?
Is there a homeowner's association?
Can you help me find a good loan officer?
Can you help me find a good home inpsector?


There are many more I can answer but the idea here is to stick to the facts and to avoid conversations that could be a violation of civil rights law or the Realtor Code of Ethics. Then we will have a great working relationship.

BARB SZABO

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If you would like to buy or sell a home in the southern communities of Cleveland Ohio, please call me at 440-263-7496, or you may want to visit my website for more specific information on the communities I service: Brecksville Ohio Real Estate, Broadview Heights Ohio Real Estate, North Royalton Ohio Real Estate Independence Ohio Real Estate, Seven Hills Ohio Real Estate, Parma Ohio Real EstateParma Heights Ohio Real Estate and Middleburg Heights Ohio Real Estate.  Information is obtained from Neohrex (Northeast Ohio Real Estate Exchange) and is deemed reliable but not guaranteed and should be independently verified. Properties subject to prior sale, rental, or other status changes. All properties that are advertised as being listed or sold by Barb Szabo are in conjuntion with ReMax Trinity.

Comment balloon 1 commentBarb Szabo, CRS • January 26 2016 01:22PM
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