Real Estate News About Woodbridge, Mount Vernon, and Lorton Virginia: Buyer Asked Me To Violate Fair Housing Laws

Buyer Asked Me To Violate Fair Housing Laws

Buyer Asked Me To Violate Fair Housing Laws

Realtor From California Claimed I Could Violate Fair Housing Laws Because She Is Special

When I Asked Her To Leave My Office She Wouldn't Go

A Realtor from California was moving to northern Virginia because the Navy was transferring her husband to the Pentagon.  She asked to hire me as her buyer agent.  She wanted me to send listings to her; She would pick homes she liked and I would send her videos of the houses; They would pick a home from a video, make an offer from California so they could make a door-to-door move.

So far she was making sense.  She was very business-like.  She knew what she wanted.  She wanted an updated home in Vienna or Dunn Loring, up to $950,000, with at least 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.  The home had to have a 2-car garage.  No problem.

Then the hammer fell...  She said, "I want you to carefully screen the neighborhood; I don't want to live near any blacks, spics, asians (she is asian), towel-heads, or Indians".  She knocked the breath out of me.  She proceeded to justify why she didn't want a diverse neighborhood.

I said to her, "You realize you are asking me to break the law by violating fair housing laws?".

She said, "It's okay, I am a member of a protected class, and as such, I can ask to be 'protected' from members of my protected class".

I was stunned.  I could not believe this bright woman had twisted fair housing laws to such an extent.

I said, "I don't know how you reached the conclusion you did, but you're still asking me to violate fair housing laws.  I'm not going to do that.  I could lose my real estate license for life, go to jail, and pay thousands of dollars in fines".

She said, "You won't be in any trouble if I don't tell anybody".  "Besides, I am asian, so I am a member of a protected class, so it's okay for me to tell you to discriminate among other protected classes".

I got up from my desk, stepped out to the hall, gestured toward the front door, and said, "I am not the right agent to help you".

She continued to argue with me.

I continued to gesture toward the door and say, "I am not the right agent to help you, now would you please leave".

She and her husband finally left.

I made a courtesy call to the woman's broker back in California to explain what her agent was doing in Virginia.  The broker was astounded, and promised she would have a talk with the agent.

So what's the point?

The point is, when you work with me, you can count on me to abide by ALL of the laws affecting real estate agents.  I would rather turn away a client than break the law.

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Comment balloon 4 commentsErick Blackwelder • April 24 2014 08:27AM


Yikes I have been dooing this business for a long time and have not had a client ever ask not to like near other protected classes.

Posted by Tim Lorenz, 949 874-2247 (TIM LORENZ - Elite Home Sales Team) over 5 years ago
She said it was okay to discriminate because she was among a protected class.
Posted by Erick Blackwelder over 5 years ago

Erick - Kudos for you for standing up and doing the right thing. There is no reason for any of us to ignore fair housing no matter what someone else wants us to do, and the size of home they are buying.

Posted by Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807, Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor (Good Company Real Estate over 5 years ago
She was so blatant about her desire to violate fair housing, I thought she was either a HUD Tester, or an utter moron. Either way, it doesn't matter. I don't conspire with HUD Testers nor morons. Erick
Posted by Erick Blackwelder over 5 years ago