April is Fair Housing Month
One of the most basic rights for all Americans is having an opportunity to pursue and achieve the American dream of homeownership. April 2012 marks the 44th anniversary of the 1968 landmark Fair Housing Act. Each year REALTORS® recognize the significance of this event and reconfirm our commitment to upholding fair housing law and offering equal professional service to everyone.
Fair Housing is a cornerstone of our commitment and is a key part of our Code of Ethics:
Article 10 of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® Code of Ethics provides that “REALTORS® shall not deny equal professional services to any person for reasons of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin. REALTORS® shall not be a party to any plan or agreement to discriminate against a person or persons on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin. REALTORS®, in their real estate employment practices, shall not discriminate against any person or persons on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin.”
Here is a great list of legislation and responsibilities for homeowners, homebuyers and REALTORS® on fair housing. If you suspect an act of discrimination, what should you do? This is a great resource for how to report acts of discrimination.
The Fair Housing Pocket Guide from NAR is a great reference for brokers and agents. It contains examples of the most commonly asked questions from buyers and sellers which relate to housing discrimination and offers the appropriate responses to those questions.
The Minnesota Association of REALTORS® is the largest professional trade association in the state with more than 19,000 members who are active in all aspects of the real estate industry.