Of course this means these agents ARE on thin ice.
There are laws that PROHIBIT agents from discussing such issues. This is NOT an agents preference, but, as others have stated, The FEDS believe your 'not knowing' serves a higher purpose."
Those courageous agents who venture onto the thin ice are also requied to state, "This does not PREVENT such a person from moving in.?" Further complicating issues is when ANYTHING goes wrong in a real estate transaction...FOR ANY REASON....everyone will try to blame the agent. Being on thin ice is not where you want to be caught when Chase denies the loan two days before closing.
Even a casual reading of the disclosures will alert any buyer to the Megan's Law issue AND give them the website to go to check for themselves. It is the buyer's responsibility to read and check if they wish to. In reality, MANY buyers don't care.
As stated in another response to one of your questions, the Megan's Law website is not necessarily an accurate way to determine whether of not a registered offender is still living at any given address. They move. They don't tell the authorities. Since we are not police, we do not monitor registered offenders and, in fact, would be breaking the law ourselves if we did. I've actually had buyers knock on front doors and ask if the offender was still living there. In some cases, they are no longer there.
Lastly, we cannot - by law - disclose locations of sex offenders - so, to be VERY honest, I NEVER check the website. There are a couple of factors here:
1. Since these individuals move, the website frequently shows offenders who are no longer there. If I provide you with information about these individuals, I am misrepresenting the facts and slandering the current occupant. Additionally, even if the individual IS still there, they could have been accused but never convicted - I could be slandering the accused individual as well.
2. We are not allowed to provide crime statistics, demographics or other information about any neighborhood - we can tell you where to get information, but never give you the actual info ourselves. It's called steering and it's against the law. Here are some posts that may be helpful:
NO STEERING ALLOWED: 3 Important Facts To Know As A Buyer
Donâ€™t Get â€˜Steeredâ€™ in the Wrong Direction
As for your case, I'm wondering if you were provided a Statewide Buyer & Seller Advisory and a Natural Hazard Report? The information is clearly stated in those documents. It's really important stuff!!
Did you think that bringing out all the negatives of a house and neighborhood is the best way to sell a house?
The Fair Housing Act prohibits us from discussing Race, Religion, Crime, and other topics: If you comment, either positively or negatively, we can be accused of STEERING and lose our licence.
Web sites, relating to Megan's Law, have been available for years now; and you are obviously aware of them.
I hear what you are saying, but it sometimes takes time for legislation to reach its fullest extent.
Thank you for your post.
If you have children you should look.
I am going to add it to my first-appointment list, just in case I do run into the one set of parents who are not tethered to the Internet. But I have to tell you, Menudo, all of the parents (and potential ones) I've worked with over the past few years do a ton of research about neighborhoods. They scan the "mom blogs," they hit the school and crime reports . . . . they know.