Small House with gavel in front of text: Fair Housing

Every Month is Fair Housing Month

Nothing makes you realize how valuable the opportunity to own a home can be than by celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act. While the need for Fair Housing laws in the first place is disheartening, no single federal policy has had a greater impact on shaping our neighborhoods and communities for the better than passage of the Fair Housing Act. Recently, Washington REALTORS® worked with the Legislature to help celebrate the 50th anniversary and with the Governor’s office to issue a formal Proclamation.

Find more Fair Housing information on NAR's website

 



 

 

WR Fair Housing Video Collection

Playlist of Legal Hotline videos, featuring Legal Hotline Lawyer Annie Fitzsimmons, that cover fair housing issues and best practices.

 



 

 

50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act

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Fair Housing Resources


U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development


Washington State Human Rights Commission

360-753-6770
800-233-3247 in WA
TTY 800-300-7525
Fax 360-586-2282
www.hum.wa.gov


King County Office of Civil Rights

206-263-2446
TTY Relay: 711
Fax 206-296-4329
www.kingcounty.gov/civilrights


Seattle Office for Civil Rights

206-684-4500
TTY 206-684-4503
Fax 206-684-0332
www.seattle.gov/civilrights


Office of Equity and Human Rights


Fair Housing Center of Washington (Western WA)

253-274-9523
888-766-8800 (toll free)
Fax 253-274-8220
www.fhcwashington.org


Northwest Fair Housing Alliance (Eastern WA)

509-325-2665
800-200-FAIR (in 509 area code)
Fax 509-325-2716
www.nwfairhouse.org

WR Fair Housing Articles


  • Niche Markets

    Summary:

    The world we live in today is becoming more and more specialized. With the availability of over 500 cable channels, targeted magazines, and boundless specialists in most industries, ranging from fashion to healthcare, today’s consumers are used to finding products and services targeted to their specific needs or wants. This kind of consumer expectation lends itself particularly well for REALTORS® who decide to focus their business and specialize in a niche market.

  • The Ultimate Love Letter

    Summary:

    The process of searching for the “perfect” home can be exhilarating and exhausting. When a buyer finds the home that they simply “love” it is understandable that the buyer is motivated to ensure that their offer stands out above the rest. To achieve that goal, a buyer might include a “love letter” with their offer that professes their love for the home. While the buyer’s motivation is understandable, an offer that is accepted on the basis of anything other than the ultimate love letter—price and terms—might violate fair housing law.

 

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NAR Resources


Fair Housing Act: Criminal History-Based Practices and Policies

Originally posted on April 7, 2016 on REALTOR.org

In the recently issued “Office of General Counsel Guidance on Application of Fair Housing Act Standards to the Use of Criminal Records by Providers of Housing and Real Estate-Related Transactions(link is external)”, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) urges housing providers to exercise caution when implementing criminal history policies or practices used to make housing decisions.

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