What it means to cross the 'steering' line in real estate

How to help buyers without limiting their options and violating the Fair Housing Act
  • Steering happens when agents say, “this is a good neighborhood,” or “this is the best neighborhood for families with children” or “you wouldn’t be happy here.” The practice is prohibited by the Fair Housing Act.

Real estate agents are strongly encouraged to become neighborhood experts, and buyers often come to us and ask us to recommend a neighborhood. I wish I had a dollar for every time I have told a client that I cannot recommend a neighborhood. I cannot recommend the best condo buildings for singles, or even the best neighborhood for young families.