Ensuring Equality in Real Estate

Fair Housing Resources

Below are resources to educate you on the legal requirements of the Fair Housing Act and the best practices pertaining to them.

Top 100 Questions and Answers for Fair Housing

For Washington State

Legal Updates on the Fair Housing Act

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Five Questions Your Real Estate Agent Legally Cannot Answer

Despite being illegal under the Fair Housing Act, a recent investigation conducted by the newspaper Newsday has shown that steering continues to be pervasive. Newsday had real estate agents show properties to one white tester and one minority tester (either African American, Hispanic, or Asian) with similar housing needs and financial capabilities. The investigation revealed that in 24% of cases, the real estate agents directed the white tester into differing communities from the minority testers, suggesting evidence of steering.

FHA Resources For Sellers

Best Practices To Avoid Potential Violations

Buyer love letters can put sellers at risk of violating fair housing laws.

Sending photos or videos can create additional risk.

Listing agents should document all offers received and the seller’s objective reason for accepting an offer.

Potential risks  of buyer love letters when selling your home

Love Letter Risk Editorial comments

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