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Why Won't You Answer My Questions?

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 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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Maryland Mortgage Mama

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?

Equal Housing OpportunityA.  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.




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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Bridget McGee  Maryland Mortgage Mama  NMLS# 196068  SWBC Mortgage.   410-960-2061 EHO or


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Comment balloon 5 commentsBridget "Mortgage Mama" McGee • March 07 2013 08:52PM


And I can direct you to my incredible market leader site that will thoroughly answer all these questions that the federal laws wont allow me to answer.

In one simple spot called MARKET INSIDER, just by entering a zipcode you can find criminal stats, demographics, sexual predator, number of household members, education levels, school ratings and so much more.

Just ask.

Posted by Florida Tolbert Team Keller Williams Advantage, Keller Williams Land Luxury Division Specialist (Keller Williams Advantage III Realty in Lake Nona) about 7 years ago

We have to be politically correct and just act stupid as the a politician and we will do fine

Posted by Charles Stallions Real Estate Services, Buyers Agent 800-309-3414 Pace and Gulf Breeze,Fl. (Charles Stallions Real Estate Services Inc) about 7 years ago

We are supposed to be a local resource for our clients, but then can't give them much of the information that they want/need to make an informed decision. We have to direct them to other locations to get the answers. It makes us look like we are NOT the expert. It is frustrating to say the least.

Posted by Brian Rayl, Active Agent and Co-founder Of Home Value Leads (Home Value Leads) about 7 years ago

I ALWAYS suggest alternative methods of finding this information including school SCORING websites....sometimes their questions are RED FLAGS for me and my tenant screeing process.

Posted by Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.) about 7 years ago

Bridget, I love your intro.  "Bookmark this post..."  LOL.  Thank you.

Posted by Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) about 7 years ago