This is great information if you are searching for a home in Maryland. Realtors are bound by Fair Housing Laws, but they can direct you to resources to get the answer. Margaret Woda does just that!
There is so much informaiton available on the web that if you purchase a home and don't know what you are buying...it can only be your fault!
If you are looking for a real estate agent in the Crofton, Maryland area to help you to purchase a home, look no further! Margaret is one sharp cookie who not only understands the laws she is bound by, she provides the information you need to make your best decision on your home purchase!
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Q. As a military transferee relocating to Maryland, I’m very frustrated about the way you beat around the bush when I inquire about different neighborhoods and schools in Crofton and throughout the D.C. area. Why won’t you answer my questions?
A. Fair Housing Laws forbid real estate agents from providing information to consumers that could be interpreted as “steering” – i.e., directing a client toward OR away from a particular property in a discriminatory manner. In other words, my non-answer should not be interpreted as hiding negative information; the answer could be exactly what you want to hear.
Ten years ago, I probably would have suggested that you visit local schools and talk to individuals who live in neighborhoods you’re considering. Today, however, I can refer you to websites that provide statistical data that may provide you with the peace of mind you’re looking for. This will be particularly helpful for you, coming from another part of the country.
- U.S. Census Bureau Quick Facts – Maryland (Search by county and/or city)
- EPA Community Search (Search by zipcode)
- Pollution Scorecard (Search by zipcode)
- Crime Reports (Search by city, state, or zipcode
- Family Watchdog (Search by city, state, or zipcode)
- Maryland Sex Offender Registry (Search by zipcode)
Before you buy a home in Crofton or anywhere, it’s important to be familiar and comfortable with the neighborhood and broader community, as well as any individual home. So don’t hesitate to ask questions because I may be able to suggest additional helpful websites.
Yet it’s still not a bad idea to do some research the old-fashioned way when you come for your house-hunting trip: make a personal visit to neighborhood schools, shopping, dining and recreation facilities BEFORE you buy a home.
And please understand that I’m not trying to be coy when I don’t give you a straightforward answer to your questions. I’m trying to follow the law.
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