What you should do is go where you feel is the BEST place for you to live and grow. Don't let a few ignorant people get in the way of your happiness. In my experience, some people just fear what their new neighbors will be like, regardless of their race or ethnicity. Good Luck! Be a good neighbor! We are all in the same home buying world!
It is a violation of the Fair Housing Laws for a Realtor, a seller or anyone for that matter involved in a housing transaction to discuss the etnic makeup of a neighborhood, or persons ethnic background at anypoint. It would be a violation of the same Fair Housing Laws for your agent to show you homes only in neighborhoods occupied predominately by African-American families. I have never had any potential clients or neighbors come up to me looking to discuss this issue. If I did I have an obligation to inform them they are violating the Fair Housing laws and I would not work with them in the future. Political correctness has nothing to do with the issue. It comes down to the law! Best of luck!
My advice to you is to shop neighborhoods and see where you are comfortable living and as long as you are financially qualified, then work toward pursuing your dream home. Don't worry about the neighbors.
Senior Loan Officer
Preferred Empire Mortgage
I would not do business with anyone who ask me to discriminate against specific types of people. Not only is discrimination socially offensive but it can also jeopardize a transaction, your license, and expose me to liability. Violation of fair housing laws carry stiff penalties on both the federal and state levels.
Although I have never experience this, I don't feel that the issue of fair housing has long been resolved. Despite the intentions of both the 1866 and 1968 civil rights acts to provide equal housing opportunity for all citizens, there are still many places that this goal has not been achieved in practice.
Please call me direct if you have any questions or would like suggestions.
Patrick C. Williams Jr.
Licensed Associate Broker, CBR
Keystone Realty U.S.A.
384 Larkfield Road
East Northport, NY 11731
Direct: (516) 425-3764
Toll free: (800)610-9814
40 years ago when my Japanese American parents moved our family into a Caucasian neighborhood in Northern California, I recall vividly the physical and emotional torment I suffered at the hands of my racist neighbors who had little problem hurdling both verbal insults at me or rocks when it suited them. I'd like to believe that with election of a black President and acceptance of people of color in many places in society, you and I--as people of color and ethnicity different from Caucasians--have both the opportunity and the means to live in ANY neighborhood (Caucasian or otherwise) and the color of our skin should not deter you from finding and living in the home you like or in a part of town that best suits your needs.
While I understand your trepidation, as a professional woman, I think you should be proud of your accomplishments and your ability--through careful financial planning and good credit--to be given such a wide variety of choices for housing. Your only job is to find something that you like and in a neighborhood that will grow with you, your lifestyle and your changing family needs now and in the near future.
And as for neighbors not wishing to live near individuals of color, it is no longer politically correct or desirable for people to blatantly and openly express racist or xenophobic views, so Realtors seldom hear these comments either from our clients or from neighbors. In fact, I find that many more welcome diversity than abhor it.
Choose the home, Lilah, that best suits your needs and do not put as much weight on the "color" of the neighborhood as the quality of the home and the community!
Good luck and happy house hunting!
Grace Morioka, SRES, e-Pro
Area Pro Realty
San Jose, CA
There are nice and not nice people of all cultures and they live everywhere. Thank goodness that today, in this country we are all free regardless of color, race, religion, sexual orientation and marital status to live anywhere we can afford. Be proud and live where you choose!
If I can ever help you find a place to live please call or email me anytime.
Melanie K. Lichaa
Licensed Home Specialist
Century 21, Laffey Associates