Fair Housing Rules Affect WNY Buyers

Colleen Kulikowski September 20, 2016

Fair Housing Rules Stop Us From Answering Some of Your Questions!
What a New York Realtor cannot tell you about a neighborhood might surprise you. We recognize that the purchase of your Western New York home is a huge life altering decision and you want to make sure that you have not only the perfect home, but also that have all the facts you need to make that decision.

Fair housing has been in the news in Western New York lately and it is a good time to explain how Fair Housing affects the Western New York Buyer. As a licensed Real Estate Salesperson and Realtor® in the State of New York we must adhere to strict rules regarding housing because of the Federal Fair Housing Act.

We cannot discuss things like schools, crime statistics, and demographics.

We cannot render or express an opinion about the status of the neighborhood.

The Federal Fair Housing Act keeps us from making certain determinations about a neighborhood. We have put together some resources to answer your very important questions. The Internet is a wonderful resource and there are many great resources in addition to this list.

In addition to our showing of your potential WNY home, we suggest that before you decide to put an offer on a Western New York home that you:

  • Stop by the public library and speak with the librarian, they will be full of resources for you to investigate your new home!
  • Visit the school district website, call the school that your children will attend and ask for a tour. Call the President of the PTA and introduce yourself and ask a few questions.

  • Cruise the neighborhood at night, early in the morning and on the weekends. You’ll see the neighbors next door. Most people make the mistake of seeing a home during the day and looking again during the same time a few days later.
  • Check out National sites that might be of assistance to you
  • Walk the neighborhood during rush hour. Not just block, but the four blocks surrounding yours.
  • Look for basketball hoops, skateboard ramps, and trampolines, all tell-tale signs kids in your potential new neighborhood.
  • Check the local paper and see if there are any public meetings to learn what is really going on in a neighborhood.
  • Websites that can assist you with information on schools:
  • Watch and listen for unleashed neighborhood dogs or excessive barking from dogs.
  • Stop by the city or town hall to find out which neighbors have filed for home improvement permits for building a house extension over the next 12 months, or a new pool.
  • Take a cyberspace tour on Google Street View’ to check out empty lots and backyards that look like a landfill.
  • Talk with the local store owners. They’re always the first to share the local gossip.
  • Knock on the door and meet your potential neighbors. These are the people you will have next door or over the fence.
  • Check on-line registries for the location of any local sex offenders.

Remember that we are a team in the process of your Western New York home search!

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All statistics are gathered from the Buffalo Niagara Association of REALTORS®.

For more information – call our J. Philip Real Estate Team at: (716) 650-0051

Thinking of selling your Western New York home? Interested in finding out the current market value of your single family home, condo or investment property? Then call us at (716) 650-0051 to discuss what is happening in today’s Western New York Real Estate Market. We would be happy to give you a personalized Comparative Market Analysis for your home or assist you to purchase a home.

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