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Should I Refuse To Help A Client If He/She Seeks 'City Program Money"?

Please help me with this. I am in a moral dilemma.

A friend has asked me to be her Realtor. She is a struggling writer on a very low income working two jobs earning only $1200/mth. There are many bank owned properties ranging in price from as low as $35K - $100K which would be 'affordable' for this person. Her rent is currently $720.

I have guided this client/friend to several mortgage officers, but she is also seeking 'city program money' from the city of Mpls set up to 'stimulate' purchasing/renovating a home in North Mpls, a neighborhood ravaged by crime despite all the cute homes there left abandoned.

When I reason this out for myself, that means I would be accepting compensation/commission from a sale that was, in my opinion, ill gotten by forced public taxation and then 'illegally' loaning it out 'privately' which is against our Constitution, regardless of its 'legality of State law'!

This is morally wrong, and I may choose to walk away from it despite my own tight financial situation.

Furthermore, to be even more perfectly honest, I would also have to 'walk away' from most bank mortgages too if they are in someway connected with Fannie Mae/Federal Reserve, since they are all 'fraudulent' as contracts!

What do you think is the correct thing to do here?



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Another way of thinking of this

is that she is getting some of her money back from taxes.

I think the reason why no one can afford anything is because of all of these federal taxes, so if someone can get some of it back what is the problem?

Based on her income, chances

Based on her income, chances are she would have received all of her taxes back and then some at tax time, especially if she has children.

Columbus, Ohio

She has no children.

But she works.

You have 2 options. 1. Refuse

You have 2 options.

1. Refuse the money, someone else will gladly snatch it up and the mess continues unchallenged.

2. Take the money and equate an hourly rate to it and put that many hours into solving the problem. Write open forums in papers, attend city council meetings, raise awareness, etc. Put the money towards a city council campaign.

In the end if you go with option #2 more people win.

Columbus, Ohio