Only every so often will Phil Faranda’s clients say “too much coffee, not enough cream” when he recommends listings in certain neighborhoods. But plenty of buyers in Westchester Country, New York, still shun certain communities due to their ethnic makeups, he said.
Andi Kimbrough began her search for a home in Grapevine, Texas, in 2012 by using the popular school ratings site GreatSchools to flag the one poor-performing elementary school in the otherwise excellent school district that covers Grapevine.
Shunning listings served by that school, she then used the site’s listing search feature to hone in on a single-family rental served by a more desirable school, moving into the home in 2012.
Allan Van Inwegen said he received some unsettling news almost immediately after moving into a home with his wife and two children about 14 years ago. His neighbors told him they were living in a property right next door to a sex offender, “who happened to be 17 with a green mohawk,” said Inwegen, a broker in Denver.