Blockbusting Lawyers

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What is "Blockbusting?"

Blockbusting generally occurs in multi-racial neighborhoods or in neighborhoods that are undergoing change to the make-up of who lives there.  Blockbusting is when a real estate agent tries to coerce people into selling their homes by playing upon the fear that they will lose money on their property if they do not sell soon.  In other words, blockbusting is when real estate agents try to increase their sales and profit by suggesting that people leave their neighborhoods before property values decrease.  They may base their statements about these declining values on the race, ethnicity, or economic class of some of the people living in the neighborhood. 

What are Some Examples of Blockbusting?

Examples of blockbusting include:

What Do I Need to Prove in Order to be Successful in Case Against a Blockbuster?

In order to be successful in an action for blockbusting, you must satisfy and prove the following three things:

  1. that the statements made to you were intended to be profitable for the person making them;
  2. that the statements were made to induce the sale of your property; and
  3. that the statements made you believe that a certain class of people were moving into the neighborhood and that your property values would decrease if you did not sell as soon as possible.

Should I Consult an Attorney on My Housing Issue?

Real estate and property laws in general are a complex area of the law.  If you believe you have been subjected to improper practices by a real estate agent, an attorney can help you prove your case and can also help you preserve and protect your rights as a homeowner.

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Last Modified: 05-22-2013 12:15 PM PDT

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