One broker reflects on 50 years of fair housing

There are not many people who care to read about fair housing. Let’s face it, most of us are salespeople, and sometimes rules seem like unfair barriers …

Is withholding from the MLS crossing the fair housing line?

Everyone wants to write about fair housing issues for Inman — said no one ever. It is a lot more fun to write about the latest technology trends and how to get rich …

NAGLREP Housing Policy Summit covered Fair Housing and Equality Act issues for LGBT citizens and agents

NAGLREP founder Jeff Berger and NAGLREP Policy Committee Chair John Graff said they felt compelled to kick-start the summit because of the risk of losing the ground the LGBTQ community has made in recent years …

Is Location Certified’s neighborhood-quality stamp a marketing tool or trouble for agents?

“This home is in a quiet neighborhood with low crime and good schools.” Although that may be exactly what many homebuyers want to hear about a property, many agents wouldn’t make such a statement for fear of testing fair housing laws. But “Location Cer…

Sex offender info often should be shared by buyer’s agents: NAR, attorneys

A Florida real estate agent recently said that a client had fired him, in part, because he hadn’t disclosed that the property the client was interested in was next to the home of a sex offender. The agent said he regularly advises buyers to visit neighborhoods in person, to check in with police departments and to review websites. He said he told the buyer, however, that he wasn’t legally able to reveal that a sex offender lived near the property …

20 tips to be a successful landlord in 2015

Being a landlord comes with a lot of demands — creating lease agreements, screening tenants, shelling out eviction notices, following fair housing laws and marketing — that can easily become overwhelming, especially for first-timers and owners of mul…

Fair housing group investigating display of racial data on real estate websites

The National Fair Housing Alliance is investigating the ways that demographic information is displayed on real estate sites to determine whether some companies’ practices violate fair housing laws. Syndicated columnist Ken Harney reports that the NFHA is examining the practices …

Steering 2.0? Data may undermine fair housing laws

Only every so often will Phil Faranda’s clients say “too much coffee, not enough cream” when he recommends listings in certain neighborhoods. But plenty of buyers in Westchester Country, New York, still shun certain communities due to their ethnic makeups, he said …

Avoid fair housing violation when showing apartments

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