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

  • 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.

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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.