Is it illegal to write a “love letter” to a door-to-door salesperson

It’s been a hot real estate market for over a year now. People do everything they can to get into their dream home. Even writing so-called “love letters”

CHARLOTTE, NC – The real estate market has been in turmoil for over a year now. People do everything they can to get into their dream home. Even writing so-called “love letters” to convince the current owner to sell. However, is it legal to tell a landlord why you deserve to buy their house?

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THE QUESTION:

Is it illegal to write a “love letter” to a home seller in the Carolinas?

OUR SOURCES:

THE ANSWER:

No, it’s not illegal to write a love letter to a house seller in the Carolinas. However, you should be careful what you write in the letter and stick to talking about the property itself.

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WHAT WE FOUND:

North Carolina realtor David Hoffman told us that a “love letter” is basically what it sounds like, a potential buyer would write to the seller about how his family would like the house and why he love it.

“Once there is a bidding war and there are multiple buyers for few homes, buyers would say OK, I want to show the seller why we stand out and pull at the heartstrings,” said Hoffmann.

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Hoffman said those “love letters” themselves aren’t illegal. However, you have to be careful what you write there.

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“There are a lot of classes that are protected, like family classes, you know you can’t talk about your son or your daughter, you can’t talk about your husband or your wife,” Hoffman said.

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The National Association of Estate Agents cautions members against using love letters to help clients get their dream home. It is because of these protected classes. The Fair Housing Act prevents anyone involved in renting or selling homes from discriminating on the basis of race, gender, disability, religion and family status.

“The buyer’s agent could be disciplined or fined or have their license suspended,” Hoffman said.

This is the danger of these “love letters”, they could convince a seller to give the author of the letter a love agreement based on shared experiences or values. Hoffman said your best bet is to talk about the property itself.

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