Long & Foster Real Estate

6000 Executive Blvd Ste 100
North Bethesda, MD 20852 240-215-3222

Ratings

?
?%    

Consumer Ratings for Long & Foster Real Estate — 1 Ratings

Register here and see full info on Long & Foster Real Estate, FREE.
Percent of customers who rated service "superior" for:
Doing service properly
?
?%    
Promptness/responsiveness
?
?%    
Pleasantness
?
?%    
Overall quality
?
?%    

Consumer Comments for Long & Foster Real Estate

Register here and see full info on Long & Foster Real Estate, FREE.
Consumer from WASHINGTON, DC
Mar 04, 2013
Not Recommended
Mel Ciment showed me a house on behalf of the Long and Foster listing agent Barbara Ciment during the Fall of 2012. The house was located on Stonington Road in Silver Spring, MD. Based on Mel Ciment's disturbing comments to me during this showing, he seems to be steering those he believes to not be Orthodox Jews away from this property and neighborhood . That is, the neighborhood within a one mile radius of the Kemp Mill Synagogue.

When I first phoned the listing agent, Barbara Ciment, about the house, she asked if I was represented by an agent and my answer was "No". I never asked Mel or Barbara Ciment about the demographics of the neighborhood, or about religious institutions. The only housing criteria that I communicated to Mr. Ciment was that I wanted to be near Brookside Gardens and parkland, and that I wanted to downsize and the Stonington Road house met these criteria.

During the house showing Mr. Ciment informed me unsolicited that the Orthodox Jewish synagogue, Kemp Mill, is just down the street, and that orthodox Jews must be within one mile of this synagogue in order to walk to it. He then proceeded to take me on a tour of the neighborhood identifying only Jewish households on the street, which were numerous. My only comments during this tour were on the house structures themselves both favorable including the adjacent homes and unfavorable in the case of an enormous house further down the street. He informed me near the end of this tour that this is not the right neighborhood for me, and he repeated this statement again upon our return back to the Stonington Road house. He also told me that he and his wife Barbara would keep my contact details, and that advise me of homes outside the one mile area from the synagogue when they came on the market.

I believe it is a violation of the code of ethics for a realtor to even mention a religious institution without a prospective buyer first requesting information on such institutions. When I later confronted Mr. Ciment with his comments, he communicated to me that he was sorry I misinterpreted his remarks about the market in Springbrook Forest, and was trying to explain why the same house located deeper inside Springbrook Forest would not command such a high price as the Stonington Rd. house, given its proximity to the synagogue. However, the price of the Stonington Road house actually was attractive to me, especially given housing prices in the neighborhood where I currently live, and I never asked to be shown less expensive homes.