"Great family street": Could be considered discriminatory by singles and by same-sex couples. Also perhaps by empty-nesters.
Same with "with 25 kids." That could be read as suggesting that an individual or couple--or even a married husband and wife--without children wouldn't be welcomed or that the property might be inappropriate.
Look: We live in very sensitive times. You're not supposed to say "walk to shopping" because it could be considered discriminatory by people who are unable to walk--those in wheelchairs for instance. So you say "2 blocks to shopping." You're not supposed to say "Great schools" because one person's definition of "great" may not be the same as another's. So you say, "School districted ranked in top 10 nationwide by US News & World Report."
Check with your broker on language that could convey the idea of a "great family street" without explicitly saying so.
Hope that helps.
He said a great family street. (That means it is a great street for anyone with 1 or more people in the household.)
The street has 25 kids on it.
Would it be any different if he had stated there are 3 houses and one camp on this 2 mile long road? Back long ago I knew such a road.
Would if be different if he had said there are 60 cows on the road?
What about 28 horses?
Is showing a fact that is undisputed illegal?
How could this violate anyone's anything? It is a good street for any size family consisting of 1 or more people.
If you have less than one person in your household you will not like it here? If less than one person you would not be here right???
Color me confused.
What HUD wants is for real estate agents to not discriminate on the basis of various protected classes, familial status being one of those. So far as HUD is concerned, discrimination isn't just active, but it's implied - by advertising that a particular property isn't friendly to a protected class.
This is something that I support wholeheartedly, BTW.
That anyone could see this simple statement as steering is laughable. A great family street. That to me means families have parties in the road. 25 kids. That could be more likely to tell someone who hates kids to look elsewhere and they could appreciate the warning.
What is a family? 2 or more people who choose to be together. Family can be a father and son alone. A mother and daughter alone, a husband and wife, or 2 same sex people living together.
There are few singles indeed who do not want to have someone else close with them. That means in time they also would like to be part of a family.
We even have an extended family. Aunts, uncles, friends, and neighbors ALL can be included in the concept of an extended family. Some people grew up with an uncle who had no blood relation. That uncle was only a real friend and yet considered family.
Is it a violation? I have no idea. Some laws are stupid and so are some people who try to push them far past the limits of reason and respect.
Should it be a violation to a fair minded person not looking to find something wrong so they can complain? NO!!!
For another thing, this is part of your licensing class and core CE curriculum.
If you ever have doubts about which way to go on wording, I'd definitely leave descriptive, suspect words out of the ads you're placing. It's so not worth the hassle. Keep thinking no-frills, simple, simple, simple.
Someone might have called on your ad, too.
Scott Miller, Realty Associates, Boca Raton, FL