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When making any posting on ActiveRain, you must comply with section 3604(c) of the Federal Fair Housing Act. This law generally prohibits stating, in any notice or ad for the sale or rental of a dwelling, a discriminatory preference based on any of the following protected categories:

    * Race or Color
    * National Origin
    * Religion
    * Sex
    * Familial Status (more)
    * Handicap / Disability (more)

If you ever feel concerned about the actions of one of our members regarding discrimination and Fair Housing issues please flag the post, or send a notice to our support department by clicking here.  You may also file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity Washington, D.C. 20410 - (202)708-1112 (Voice).

The Federal Fair Housing Act

Contained in Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, the Fair Housing Act makes it illegal to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or familial status in the sale or lease of residential property or in the sale of vacant land for the construction of residential buildings. This act also protects against discrimination in advertising, financing, appraisal, and real estate services.

Americans with Disabilities Act
Title III of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities in commercial facilities and places of public accommodation.

Equal Credit Opportunity Act
The federal Equal Credit Opportunity Act makes it unlawful to discriminate against anyone on a credit application due to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, age or because all or part of an applicant's income comes from any public assistance program.

The Civil Rights Act of 1866

This law states that all citizens of the United States shall have the same right, in every state and territory as is enjoyed by white citizens thereof to inherit, purchase, lease, sell, hold, and convey real estate personal property.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964

This act was one of the first attempts made by the federal government to implement fair housing ideals. The act prohibited discrimination based on race, color, religion, or national origin in many programs in which the federal government offered financial assistance.

ActiveRain Fair Housing

In addition and or combination with any federal, state, or local laws we believe that no person shall be discriminated against in the sale or lease of residential property on the basis of Sexual Orientation.

Find more Fair Housing information at www.HUD.gov.
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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Thanks for reminding us!

Jul 02, 2009 02:40 PM #61
Patricia Knowles
Patricia Hardee Knowles - Jacksonville, NC

I am thankful for a government which cares enough to require we respect one another's rights in Fair Housing.  I just saw a movie with Samuel Jackson in it that  sends chills up my spine at the injustice of people not trying to get along and allow others to live in peace in their  homes.

Jul 15, 2009 08:21 AM #62
Bill Ladewig
LoanOfficerSchool.com - Escondido, CA
Experience Is Your Advantage

These have been our (lending and real estate) rules for quite a while and I am glad AR has made them part of your site.

Jul 24, 2009 06:00 AM #63
Ann Knowles

Instead of counting on others (NAR)to be the ones to stamp out the mistakes we are making  in concerns of Fair Housing,  it is time for the Realtor to step and hold themselves accountable.

We should consider ourselves in the" AGE OF ACCOUNTABILITY"

Sep 02, 2009 07:45 AM #64
Damon Gettier
Damon Gettier & Associates, REALTORS- Roanoke Va Short Sale Expert - Roanoke, VA
Broker/Owner ABRM, GRI, CDPE

I understand the concept and the need for the fair housing laws but it has gotten out of hand and gone to the point that we cannot answer simple questions that our clients ask.  Questions that any other professional can answer....just not us.

Nov 09, 2009 12:49 PM #65
Sandy Bliven
Re/Max South County - Westerly, RI
e-PRO, Westerly RI Real Estate

Great input, I cannot tell you how many times I see this abused..............  Good Post!

Dec 01, 2009 08:27 AM #66
Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

hey Michigan Divorce Attorney stop spamming such an important post and write your own content if you think this has improtance. Do you even have a blog post up on ActiveRain?

Read the Guidelines.

Your link is against the community Guidelines and ActiveRain uses no follow links to keep the Spam down. 

I know I have Reported a Concern on this post before for comment spam for an MI divorce attorney.  Was it law offices of Jannlle J. Zawaideh?  I don't remember...

AR feel free to delete this too... my feelings won't be hurt.

Jan 16, 2010 01:50 AM #67
Kevin Cottrell
Austin Real Estate Today - Austin, TX

In our Market in St Louis, MO, I would only hope that each and every broker would ensure that their agents understood that this applies not only to their actions and conduct daily but also to their blogs and website content as wel.  It is very unfortunate that some real estate agents need to be reminded of the Federal Fair Housing Act.

Jan 17, 2010 12:47 PM #68
Ed Hunnicutt
Carolina One Realty Charleston - Mount Pleasant, SC
Charleston, SC, Real Estate

Federal Fair Housing Act should be top of mind, Always!

Feb 16, 2010 05:38 AM #69
Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

What designation Art?  I avoid designations with a yearly fee.  Is there a Fair Housing designation?  What is it?

Mar 03, 2010 01:01 AM #70
Felix Hung
Realty ONE Group - Irvine, CA

I surely hope that everyone knows these and knows these already! We get enough training on this with mandatory training and CE credits required for renewing our licenses.

Mar 14, 2010 06:13 PM #71
Jana Guy
RE/MAX Whatcom County Inc. - Bellingham, WA

Thats good that we have these rules here at the bottom.

Jul 19, 2010 10:50 AM #72
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

File your nails, soak your feet, apply a facial mask....feel good about yourself...knowing that you are doing the very best thing you can for someone who has trusted you with their future.  All the best of 2011 !

Dec 30, 2010 11:28 PM #73
John Michailidis
Real Property Management of Sarasota & Manatee - Sarasota, FL
Real Property Management of Sarasota & M

I never thought to click on this link -- glad I did.  I'm going to purr something similar on my site. --JM

Jan 09, 2011 04:05 PM #74
Jon Kolsky
Kolsky Realty & Management - Long Beach, CA
Licensed California Real Estate Broker

I wish zillow followed the rules of the fair housing act.

Jun 09, 2011 05:44 AM #75
Steve Warrene
Your Town Realty - Lower Burrell, PA
Pittsburgh Real Estate Investment Specialists

This is a perfect reminder for those who want to vent or get things of of chest.

Jan 10, 2013 05:34 PM #76
James Faulkner
Saint Augustine, FL

Fair housing laws are vital to the health of the country, for its vitality, direction, & moral compass. We are all a nationof imigrants & that is what has made the country so great.

Apr 06, 2013 12:42 PM #77
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Written back in February 2007... this post still needs to be highlighted!

Apr 06, 2013 01:15 PM #78
Eric Badgley
Keller Williams - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham Real Estate

Great reference!

Oct 08, 2013 08:05 AM #80
Joy Daniels
Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd. - Harrisburg, PA

It is always good to review this information. It's the "Constitution" for Realtors!

Dec 10, 2013 10:14 AM #81
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