Fair Housing Archive

Two Ways You Can Commit a Fair Housing Violation Without Even Knowing It

While the Fair Housing Act’s purpose—barring discrimination in the sale, rental, or financing of residential property—may be easy to understand, navigating the many intricacies of the landmark statute can be tricky even for experienced real estate professionals, said experts...

650,000 Leave Prison Each Year: Impact on Real Estate

Almost a third of Americans—100 million people—have a criminal record, and 650,000 are released from prison each year, adding to the total. This relates to housing because the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recently released guidelines to...
April 27, 2016

Housing Discrimination Doesn’t Need Intent, Supreme Court Says

Much of the country’s attention has been on the United States Supreme Court’s rulings on marriage equality and the Affordable Care Act last week, but the nation’s highest court also handed down an important housing decision that looks at...
July 1, 2015

Donovan: Making Housing Fairer for All

HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan made an appearance at the National Association of REALTORS®Midyear Legislative Meetings on Wednesday to laud the work of his agency in promoting housing policies and programs that acknowledge the equal rights of gay and lesbian...
May 15, 2013

The Right Way to Meet Fair Housing Challenge

It’s a phone call no association wants to receive. Fair Housing testers say sales associates in the market violated the law by treating households differently based on race and ethnicity. That’s what happened to the Lehigh Valley Association of...
March 20, 2013

Putting Marriage Up for a Vote

Update (Nov. 7, 2012): Minnesota voters rejected the constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman during the General Election Nov. 6. The measure required a simple majority, however, 51.3 percent of voters opposed the amendment...
November 5, 2012

Workforce Housing Experts to REALTORS®: Uncle Sam Needs You

Foreclosures, minimum wage, and Generation Y were among the varied issues discussed at last week’s Workforce Housing Forum. But the theme of REALTOR® advocacy for affordable housing for working Americans permeated nearly every speech, panel, and breakout session. Every...
October 15, 2012

Court Side: Withdrawal of Fair Housing Case Leaves Disparate Impact Issue in the Air

In April, the magazine hosted a webinar with two NAR attorneys—Ralph Holmen and Finley Maxson—in which we examined six cases and their potential impact on your business. Last week, I wrote a post on the RESPA case, Freeman v....

Equity Drop Is Double Hit for Business Owners

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine The pressure on home equity has been tough on everybody since the downturn but one segment of the population that’s been especially hard hit is the small business owner. Thanks to tight...
September 23, 2011

NAR: No Sexual-Orientation Discrimination

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Although not without dissent, the National Association of REALTORS®’ Board of Directors passed a recommendation at the 2010 Midyear Legislative Meetings today to amend Article 10 of the Code of Ethics to prevent...