The Fair Housing Act is not limited to what is written in FSBO listing descriptions but also applies to what is said in person. Though instances of being reported are rare, there is always the possibility in a place like NYC that people will have delicate sensibilities and get offended. Be careful about saying anything that might be perceived to be discriminatory in natures such as:
“This building has a lot of guys, it might be tough for a young girl to be comfortable here.”
“It’s not going to be easy for you to live here since you’re in a wheelchair.”
“There are a ton of Puerto Ricans in the neighborhood, not sure if you’d fit in.”
Unfortunately many real estate search websites such as Zillow and StreetEasy have corporate policies which prohibit words such as “office” in listing descriptions. This is because these sites are geared towards residential listings and as a result they don’t want to corrupt their search results with commercial listings. While not actively enforced as of this writing, you run the risk of your listing being removed from certain sites because of references to a home office in FSBO listing descriptions. To be safe, try an alternative phrase such as “work area” or “work space!”
Welcome home to this over-sized, sun-filled 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, whole floor apartment on a prime Upper West Side block literally steps from Central Park. Sprawling the entire length of a semi-detached, stately brownstone, this garden apartment has it all including your own private garden and a wood burning fireplace. The kitchen is an entertaining dream with large island, plenty of cabinet space, double ovens, and Sub Zero and Bosch appliances. A generous master bedroom features space for a sitting area/home work space or nursery and includes a custom closet. A large second bedroom is perfectly suited for a guest or child’s room. The elegant bathroom contains a pedestal sink, washer/dryer and linen closet. The exclusive garden is an oasis in the city, featuring a mature willow tree, English ivy along the length of the patio and thoughtful landscaping and plenty of space to enjoy Sunday brunch and summer BBQ’s. New hardwood floors, custom closets in both bedrooms, exposed brick in the living room and built-in bookshelves in both the kitchen and living room. There is ample bulk storage for each unit in the basement and private storage (perfect for bikes and strollers). Low co-op maintenance and pets are welcome.
Please note: this article is not intended to serve as legal or tax advice. You should consult your lawyer and tax attorney for all aspects of your real estate transaction.