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In My Neighborhood in Cambridge : Real Estate Advice

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Tue May 10, 2016
12warecambridge asked:
Wed Jan 20, 2010
Alyssa Kitchen answered:
37 Lancaster street in Cambridge has been on the market for 14 days at 4,900,000. Here is the MLS# 71015688 enter that into a google page and it will show up on trulia, zillow, or any other real estate website. Or you can just enter the address and the same thing will happen. That is likely the easiest way to track the home but I can tell you that homes in that price point seem to stay on for quite a bit in this market! ... more
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Wed Jan 13, 2010
Don Tepper answered:
While the other answers are correct, I'd just like to point out that there are sometimes legitimate reasons for making inquiries regarding religion or religious issues. For example, some religions forbid work--including the operating of machinery--on the Sabbath. That includes driving automobiles. For that reason, some members of certain religious denominations ask for or require a home within walking distance of a house of worship. (And now the spectre of Americans with Disabilities Act appears; agents aren't supposed to say "walk to the bus" or "3 block walk to school" in deference to those unable to walk. So we say "close to bus stop" or "close to school.")

Some religious have strict dietary laws. While it's always possible to go across town to stores and restaurants that observe those dietary laws, it may be more convenient to live relatively close to them. And while an agent can't get into the religous or ethnic makeup of a community, it's acceptable if the client requests a search of homes within a specific radius of a defined point.

More generally, though, if religious affiliation is important (in a positive way), visit some houses of worship for whatever faith you're interested in. People often attend services relatively close to where they live.

Hope that helps.
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