What is the Fair Housing Act and Why Does It Matter?

For decades, Realtors® − members of the National Association of Realtors® − have supported a free, open market that embraces fairness and equal opportunity for all buyers and sellers. Members of the Snohomish County-Camano Association of Realtors® strongly support the Fair Housing Act, legislation first passed in 1968 and now prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status and national origin.

This year, Realtors® from Snohomish County will join Realtors® across the country to embark on a yearlong commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act to raise awareness for fair housing issues.

“Realtors® continue to recognize the significance of this important act and reconfirm our commitment to upholding fair housing law, as well as our commitment to offering equal professional service to all in their search for a home or property. Realtors® work hard to build strong communities and neighborhoods where all people can live and prosper,” said Bob Wold, President of the Snohomish County-Camano Association of Realtors®.

Over the years, NAR has developed educational information on diversity and fair housing laws, programs and resources that have helped educate Realtors® across the country on the importance of inclusive housing practices and the promotion of diverse homeownership. During the yearlong commemoration, NAR will further examine community fair housing issues and advocate for changes to the Fair Housing Act to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Realtors® will focus on three key elements in 2018: acknowledging the organization’s changing role in the fight for fair housing, understanding how we as a nation are constantly improving our commitment to fair housing and ways Realtors® strive to lead efforts to address fair housing policy issues.

“Fair housing protects the American Dream of homeownership for all citizens, and the Snohomish County-Camano Association of Realtors® looks forward to commemorating the anniversary and supporting the development of healthy and diverse communities,” Wold said.

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, the Snohomish County-Camano Association of Realtors® is offering continuing education training covering federal, state, and local protected classes under the Fair Housing Act, best fair housing practices for Realtors® when dealing with clients and sellers, recent cases in fair housing and updated fair housing laws.

For more information, visit www.FairHousing.realtor to learn about the commemoration, find materials and resources, and see what Realtors® are doing in the State of Washington to advance fair housing.

The Snohomish County-Camano Association of Realtors® is “the voice for real estate in Snohomish County.” If you have questions for The Expert about Real Estate email us at info@sccar.org.

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