This past week, I listed a nice property situated on a peaceful rural 5 acre parcel down in Port Orchard.
You can see a virtual slide show of the property 14098 Glenwood Road SW Port Orchard WA
Just a few minutes after the listing was published and went live, I received an email from the Northwest Multiple Listing Service, kindly notifying me that I had commited a listing violation.
More specifically, I had used descriptive language in my listing remarks section that violated the Fair Housing Act - a term/word that was discriminatory and potentially offensive.
And just what was this deplorable, slanderous, and offensive term?
The word was 'Family.'
It's interesting to note that the NWMLS uses the term 'Family Room' in their Residential Input room location fields.
I wonder how it is that they can use the same term as I did, but not be equally in violation of the Fair Housing Act?
Rich Jacobson is a licensed real estate professional with Keller Williams West Sound, providing knowledgeable empowerment and relentless representation for his clients of residential properties and vacant land throughout all of Kitsap County WA and portions of Pierce, Mason, and Jefferson Counties. You can also find him at KitsapLife, SoundBiteBlog, and Crabbing in the Hood, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org