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Route79, Both Buyer and Seller in Freehold, NJ

Hard to get a straight answer from a Realtor about schools. Why?

Asked by Route79, Freehold, NJ Mon Nov 5, 2007

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A licensed real estate agent is not allowed to discuss these types of things..I know it seems kind of silly but there is a good reason for it! NY is especially strict about this... there was an article about it just a few months ago in the NY times called: "Questions your broker can't answer!"…
Hope this clarifies things for you...(There are many other ways to find out what school district you are in)
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Nov 10, 2007
In our area the School Department has a very hard time determining which homes are in which school district. Plus the districts are geographically all over the map! We've had lawsuits originating from Realtor/Agents advising clients that yes, this home is in the blank School District. Buyers go to enroll kid in school, and oooops! Wrong school! So like most everything nowadays, we as good, hardworking Realtors/Licensees refer you to the experts who can tell you precisely--The School District! Same reason I don't give Tax or Legal advice or surveying, contractor, pest control, blah, blah, blah!! 'Nuff Said?
3 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Nov 5, 2007
There are laws about steering (part of fair housing) that limit the amount of information a Realtor can give a potential buyer about schools or neighborhoods. If a Realtor says this is a "good school" or this is a "bad school" there could be some confusion as to how the realtor came to that conclusion. There are web sites and magazines that do compare schools by graduation rates, number of students who go onto college, teacher to student ratios etc. Your Realtor should be able to provide you the links or a local magazine for the area you are interested in.
2 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Nov 5, 2007
Hello Route 79. Choosing the right school is a very personal matter. The school with the best test scores may not be the best school for your child and a real estate agent can't make that choice for you. Unless an agent had his/her own children attend a particular school and can therefore answer questions from a parent's perspective, I think the agent can only point you to information that may help you decide which school is the best fit for your family. This is one of those areas where you really have to do your own homework.
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Ute Ferdig -…, Real Estate Pro in New Castle, DE
Because they aren't permitted by law to provide pertinent information regarding the most important decision you may make.
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