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What Exactly Is Fair Housing?

June 4th, 2007 by tisner

What Exactly Is Fair Housing?

and how will it affect the sale of my home?
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As a licensed Realtor in the State of Florida we must adhere to strict rules regarding housing because of the Federal Fair Housing Act.  While we should all be aware of the protected classes (race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, handicap) under Fair Housing Law, some of the words on these lists can be surprising.

Terms that we are not allowed to use in our advertisements include:  active, adult community, couple, perfect for a family, empty nesters, preferred community, senior discount,  and traditional neighborhood. 

Terms that can set off questions include: 55 and older, 62 and older , close to, desirable neighborhood, exclusive, executive, handyman’s dream, ideal for, perfect for, private, safe neighborhood, secure, and tranquil setting.

Federal Fair house also prevents us from answering certain questions:
  • How are the schools?  Check Here for link to area schools and their information.
  • Is this a safe neighborhood?  Crime Stats, Florida State Information
  • What are the demographics of the neighborhood?  Demographics

Google is a great resource for you and a great place to do the research to answer these questions.  Hope that this helps explain some of the rules of the Federal Fair Housing act.  For more information Click Here >>>

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Teri Isner, CIPS, CRS, GRI
Keller Williams At-The-Lakes
66 Riley Road
Celebration, Fl 34747

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