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Advice for the Rookie Realtor

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Re: 'Disclosure laws irk Rookie Realtor' (Aug. 11) Dear Rookie: Yes, it is the duty of an agent to disclose any information about the neighborhood that may have impact upon the purchaser's decisions. I would disclose to my customers all the places of worship that I'm aware of, and then let them decide which place of worship, or whether living next to a half-way house or a registered sex offender, is to his/her liking. I wouldn't interject my thoughts, but, as i would disclose whatever information that I knew of in regard to schools, libraries, shopping, places of worship, residences of registered sex offenders, is always up to the client/customer to make the next "move." If the agent is aware of this information, my recommendation is: disclose, disclose, disclose–or shame, shame, shame. Diane BenjaminRE/MAX Preston Road NorthDallas, Texas Dear Rookie: The Federal law specifically forbids disclosing that information, even if asked directly. The Fair Housing Act identifi...