For Washington State
Despite being illegal under the Fair Housing Act, a recent investigation conducted by the newspaper Newsday has shown that steering continues to be pervasive. Newsday had real estate agents show properties to one white tester and one minority tester (either African American, Hispanic, or Asian) with similar housing needs and financial capabilities. The investigation revealed that in 24% of cases, the real estate agents directed the white tester into differing communities from the minority testers, suggesting evidence of steering.
FHA Resources For Sellers
Best Practices To Avoid Potential Violations
Buyer love letters can put sellers at risk of violating fair housing laws.
Sending photos or videos can create additional risk.
Listing agents should document all offers received and the seller’s objective reason for accepting an offer.