When potential buyers say that they don't like your neighborhood, is it related to the diversity in your area?

Asked by Boyne, Carmel, IN Sat May 11, 2013

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Steve Parsons, Agent, Salisbury, MD
Sat May 11, 2013
There could be a number of factors on why a buyer doesn't like a particular neighborhood. It could be the diversity. It could be the crime rate. It could be the school district. The buyer can have any reason they want for not liking a particular property as they are the ones forking over the cash for it. Now a real estate agent, on the other hand, can be liable for what they say about a neighborhood, based on school district, diversity, or crime rate, due to Fair Housing Laws, but a buyer cannot.
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Joe Shoemaker, Agent, Indianapolis, IN
Sat May 11, 2013
Also...things like architectural style is a factor. Perhaps all the houses look too much alike? Or they're of a style that's too dated. Lots of reasons to not like a neighborhood which have nothing to do with diversity.
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Joe Shoemaker, Agent, Indianapolis, IN
Sat May 11, 2013
Thanks for the question.

Most often, concerns about the neighborhood are more reflective of the maturity (or lack of) of the trees, lack of sidewalks, overall upkeep of surrounding properties, access to shopping and entertainment...things like that.

Good luck on your sale!

Joe Shoemaker
Principal Broker, REALTOR®
MacDuff Realty Group, LLC
317 413.8501
Web Reference:  http://www.macduffrealty.com
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Ron Thomas, Agent, Fresno, CA
Sat May 11, 2013
If you have a problem with the "diversity" you should keep it to yourself.
I would never broach that subject with a client; never!
If they have a problem with it, they can voice it, or not; I would roll with it.

We've had this problem for 5,000 years, and it will be with us for a few more.
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