Small House with gavel in front of text: Fair Housing

Every Month is Fair Housing Month

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. In 2018, Washington REALTORS® worked with the Legislature to help celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Fair Housing and with the Governor’s office to issue a formal Proclamation. In 2019, the WR Executive Committee authorized up to $100,000 for a Fair Housing program (more information). Stay tuned for details to come.  

Find more Fair Housing information on NAR's website

Fair Housing Related News




WR Fair Housing Video Collection

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




Download Our Fair Housing Poster

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Fair Housing Resources

U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development

Washington State Human Rights Commission

800-233-3247 in WA
TTY 800-300-7525
Fax 360-586-2282

King County Office of Civil Rights

TTY Relay: 711
Fax 206-296-4329

Seattle Office for Civil Rights

TTY 206-684-4503
Fax 206-684-0332

Office of Equity and Human Rights

Fair Housing Center of Washington (Western WA)

888-766-8800 (toll free)
Fax 253-274-8220

Northwest Fair Housing Alliance (Eastern WA)

800-200-FAIR (in 509 area code)
Fax 509-325-2716

WR Fair Housing Articles

  • What is a Buyer Love Letter?


    Letters, videos, photos, or any communication accompanied by an offer from a potential buyer to appeal to the seller. Love letters place sellers in the position of indicating a preference for a buyer based on a "feeling" or something that the seller "just likes" about a potential buyer. This "feeling" frequently arises from shared interests, history, family preferences, etc. of the buyer and seller and may trigger decisions by seller based on the seller's unconscious bias.

  • Veterans Are Having a Hard Time Using Their VA Home Loans


  • Fair Housing Conversations


  • 2018 Legislative Session Recap


    Washington REALTORS entered the 2018 Session knowing clearly what our priorities are: Help urban and rural housing inventory issues, working with the Legislature to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, and ensuring that more people have a chance to enjoy homeownership.

  • Fair Housing Conversations - History & Unfair Housing Practices


    The road to fair housing in the U.S. has been a long and storied one. While there have been bumps and setbacks on that road, the progress made along the way has helped to open the doors of housing opportunity to a wider population.



NAR Resources

Fair Housing Act: Criminal History-Based Practices and Policies

Originally posted on April 7, 2016 on

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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