Sunday, April 29, 2007

Phony-Face

As some of you know, I work part-time as a real estate broker assistant. "Fair Housing" laws have been passed, so real estate agents can't discriminate. Say if a retarded person wants to buy an apartment, the agent can't say the sellers prefer not to sell to a retarded buyer.

REBNY, the real-estate board of New York, has come up with a list of words and phrases that may NOT be used when dealing with a prospective home buyer--

Here's a sampling:

African
Chicano
Singles
Mentally Ill
Married
Integrated
Mormon Temple
Non-Smokers
Empty-nesters
Colored
Mosque
Retard
Exclusive
Bachelor
Jewish
Unemployed

This is all such a cotton candy fluff of goodwill, isn't it? I love the fact that if we don't say the word discrimination, it means we don't practice it. Yeah right. This totally ties into the era of forced apologies I've been blogging about.

80% of New York City apartment dwellings are COOPERATIVES. This means any prospective buyer has to submit an extensive board package, and also must be interviewed by the board of the building. No matter what you make, earn or possess, this board can turn you down for any reason. And you know what? They don't have to tell you why.

So maybe real estate agents don't use the unlawful words like the ones above, they're on the up and up, all is genteely covered up and glossed over, but if (for example) you've got a board interview to buy a fifth avenue cooperative apartment, and you're a wealthy black family...(puffs on a cigarette) good luck.

1 comment:

Christie said...

Well I'm fucked then. I am 3 of those on your sampling list. Wonder how a real estate agent could tap dance around that.