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The Fair Housing Act And Your Real Estate Agent's Opinion

Many mundane, everyday words might be construed the wrong way and can get a professional in trouble. For real estate agents, there is a lot of caution when it comes to the Fair Housing Act.

First enacted in 1968, it was designed to ensure that no one was denied housing on the basis of race, color, national origin, and religion. Disability, sex, and familial status were later added to the Act.

However, the law does allow for age restricted communities of 55+ years old. This doesn't mean someone younger than 55 can't purchase in an age restricted community to use as a rental property, it means that they may not live in it as the primary occupant.

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Ninety-nine percent of the time, this is a great thing. But there are some situations where a real estate agent might find themselves in hot water by saying the wrong thing.

For example, if you ask your agent, "Is this a good neighborhood?", they're likely to not tell you the truth or at least not the whole truth. Any answer, like "This is a great place to raise a family," might be construed as "elderly or single people not wanted."

In reality, the agent means no harm (we assume), but it can be interpreted as excluding some people. Similarly, "this is a great place to retire," might be heard as, "You're not wanted because you're young." That's a violation of the law.

The best and simplest way to get what you need is to look up these items online. A real estate agent is restricted to just the facts. They can't advise you based on age, color, sex, disability, religion, etc.

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