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REALTORS® Committed to Fair Housing Throughout the Year

Chad Schneider, 2017 President, Lorain County Association of REALTORS®

Chad Schneider 2017 LoCAR President
April 2017 marks the 49th anniversary of the 1968 landmark Fair Housing Act. Each year REALTORS® recognize the significance of this event 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 real property.

The sale and purchase of a home is one of the most significant events that any person will experience in his or her lifetime. It is more that the simple purchase of housing, for it includes the hopes, dreams, aspirations, and economic destiny of those involved.

In 1968 Fair Housing laws were implemented to eliminate these barriers to home ownership. In 1974 sex and in 1989 the disabled and families with children were included in the protected classes. The Federal Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability or familial status; but state laws and local ordinances can and often do protect additional classes. In fact, the 2014 REALTOR® Code of Ethics adds gender identity to the list of classes to be protected from discrimination.

REALTORS® help to bring about a real change in the attitude of the housing industry regarding the value and importance of open and free housing.

The responsibility for compliance basically was put on the real estate industry and apartment owners. For more than thirty years, REALTORS® have actively been involved in the achievement and promotion of Fair Housing. To real estate professionals, fair housing means equal access, and equal housing opportunities. A person’s ability to rent or own should be limited only by how much he or she can afford.

THE LAW:

Civil Rights Act of 1866: The Civil Rights Act of 1866 prohibits all racial discrimination in the sale or rental of property.

Fair Housing Act: The Fair Housing Act declares a national policy of fair housing throughout the United States. The law makes illegal any discrimination in the sale, lease or rental of housing, or making housing otherwise unavailable, because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.

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

Equal Credit Opportunity Act: The Equal Credit Opportunity Act makes discrimination unlawful with respect to any aspect of a credit application on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, age or because all or part of the applicant's income derives from any public assistance program.

THE REALTOR® FAIR HOUSING PROGRAM:

The National Association of REALTORS® has developed a Fair Housing Program to provide resources and guidance to REALTORS® in ensuring equal professional services for all people. The term REALTOR® identifies a licensed professional in real estate who is a member of the National Association of REALTORS®. Not all licensed real estate brokers and salespersons are members of the National Association, and only those who are may identify themselves as REALTORS®. They conduct their business and activities in accordance with a strict Code of Ethics.

The Code of Ethics: Article 10 of the National Association of REALTORS® Code of Ethics provides that, "REALTORS® shall not deny equal professional services to any person for reasons of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity. REALTORS® shall not be parties to any plan or agreement to discriminate against a person or persons on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity. REALTORS®, in their real estate employment practices, shall not discriminate against any person or persons on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity."

A REALTOR® pledges to conduct business in keeping with the spirit and letter of the Code of Ethics. Article 10 imposes obligations upon REALTORS® and is also a firm statement of support for equal opportunity in housing.

If you are thinking about buying or selling a home, contact a REALTOR® today. Members of the Lorain County Association of REALTORS® care about the community in which they live, work and support. Lorain County offers a wide variety of housing choices.

Do your research and take advantage of the many housing opportunities right here in Lorain County. We are fortunate to live in a region with such vast offerings. From big to small, country to city... it's available in Lorain County! Our proximity to highway and freeway access provides great commute options both east and west! Contact your LoCAR REALTOR® member today.

The Lorain County Association of REALTORS® is an industry trade association representing licensed real estate sales agents in Lorain County who are members of the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) and the Ohio Association of REALTORS® (OAR). As members of NAR these licensed real estate agents have earned the REALTOR® designation and they pledge to protect the rights of homeownership and conduct their real estate business abiding by the NAR Code of Ethics.

The Lorain County Association of REALTORS® is excited partner with Lorain County Habitat for Humanity® to provide a charity golf outing that will assist Habitat’s work. Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit ecumenical Christian housing ministry seeking to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness throughout Lorain County and is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a worldwide ministry supported by the National Association of REALTORS®. This charity golf outing will be held on June 12, 2017, 2015 at Avon Oaks Country Club which is a private golf club located in Avon. Your involvement provides a great opportunity for your company to receive community exposure and help to support a very worthwhile cause. If you are interested in golfing or sponsorship, please email: Contact@LoCAR.org.

The Lorain County Association of REALTORS® is one of more than 1,200 local boards and associations of REALTORS® nationwide that comprise the National Association of REALTORS®. The National Association of REALTORS®, “The Voice for Real Estate,” is America’s largest trade association, representing nearly one million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.

REALTOR® is a registered collective membership mark which may be used only by real estate professionals who are members of the National Association of REALTORS® and subscribe to its strict Code of Ethics. Not all real estate sales agents are REALTORS®. All REALTORS® are members of NAR along with their State and Local Association.

Lorain County
Association of REALTORS®

5321 Meadow Lane Ct. #6
Sheffield Village, OH 44035
Telephone: (440) 328-4210
E-mail: contact@LoCAR.org
Fair Housing Hotline:
1-800-662-FAIR
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