I rarely write articles about Fair Housing Laws. Although I have not encountered any issues regarding fair housing this very important article is provided as general information.
Questions about the presence of children, age, marital status, etc. have no bearing on a real estate decision. If they surface in general conversation about prospective buyers the conversation must be redirected to the transaction and decision at hand.
In real estate, the only thing that matters when deciding to accept or reject an offer is.....the offer.
A real estate transition has no likability criteria - except "liking" the offer.
When a seller (or landlord) bases any purchase or lease decision on anything other than the offer, terms and ones ability to pay they are treading on dangerous ground.
As a Realtor® (and a person) I will not be involved in any transaction that does not comply with Fair Housing Laws.
The below is extracted from the HUD web site.
In the Sale and Rental of Housing: No one may take any of the following actions based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status or handicap:
- Refuse to rent or sell housing
- Refuse to negotiate for housing
- Make housing unavailable
- Deny a dwelling
- Set different terms, conditions or privileges for sale or rental of a dwelling
- Provide different housing services or facilities
- Falsely deny that housing is available for inspection, sale, or rental
- For profit, persuade owners to sell or rent (blockbusting) or
- Deny anyone access to or membership in a facility or service (such as a multiple listing service) related to the sale or rental of housing.