UW research documents property deeds in Seattle still containing discriminatory language, Seattle Times reports

The Seattle Times reported this week that in dozens of Seattle neighborhoods, property deeds still contain discriminatory language that limit property ownership to white people. Though covenants restricting property ownership by race have been legally unenforceable for over 70 years, University of Washington researchers have found that racist language persists in the deeds of over 20,000 properties here in our region.

REALTORS® believe homeownership is for everyone. April is National Fair Housing Month, an event that REALTORS® recognize each year. Last April, the National Association of REALTORS® commemorated the 50th anniversary of the landmark Fair Housing Act, the civil rights legislation that prohibits housing discrimination. NAR is at the forefront of fair housing issues and supports continuing to expand fair housing laws to increase diversity and inclusivity.

REALTORS® can use the mistakes of Seattle past as an opportunity to talk with their clients and renew their commitment to equal housing opportunities for everyone that wants to live in our beautiful region. We cannot fully realize the goal of providing equal housing opportunities until we have more – and more variety – of housing units available, including in the “missing middle” supply of condominiums and townhomes.

Below are upcoming events that will focus on or discuss legislative solutions to our state’s housing crisis where REALTORS® who want to make a difference can make their voices heard.

Select Committee on Citywide MHA meetings  |  Various dates  |  Seattle, WA

Solutions to Our Region’s Lack of Affordable Housing  |  January 17, 2019  |  Bellevue, WA

Washington REALTORS® Legislative Day  |  January 24, 2019  |  Olympia, WA

Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties Economic Forecast Breakfast  |  January 31, 2019  |  Bellevue, WA