- Fair Housing Month
- Report a Fair Housing Violation
- Opening Doors to Housing Series
- Additional Resources
Seattle King County REALTORS® is proud to join the National Association of REALTORS® and Associations across the nation in sharing resources, education, and training during Fair Housing Month. Check out our Fairhaven contest and education opportunities available throughout the month of April.
Contest: Fairhaven – A Fair Housing Simulation
Fairhaven is an innovative training platform available to all NAR members at no cost. The training tests your knowledge of Fair Housing and helps members identify, address and prevent discriminatory practices in real estate.
When you complete the 90-minute training simulation during April, you will be entered into our contest drawing. Have fun, get smarter and be an advocate for fair housing and the future of our industry. Thank you for participating in our Fairhaven Contest!
Participating in our contest is simple, beneficial, and rewarding!
- Complete the online Fairhaven Training at www.fairhaven.realtor
- Automatically get entered into our drawing for a chance to win 1 of 5 $50 gas cards!
- Get recognized for your leadership and dedication to Fair Housing on our Fairhaven Page!
Washington REALTORS® has launched their Fair Housing Series. We encourage members to attend these FREE webinars!
APRIL 8 • 10:00AM – 11:00 AM
WR Legal Hotline Lawyer
APRIL 14-15 • 9:00AM – 12:00 PM
FREE WEBINAR – 6.0 CE
Certification through NAR $40
APRIL 27 • 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Lynn Grosso and James Kordich
U.S Department of HUD
APRIL 29 • 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Keynote Speaker: Bill Dedman, Author & Pulitzer Prize Winner
Inside the Investigation that’s Shaking Up the Real Estate Industry
April 21, 2021 • 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Take a guided tour inside Newsday’s Peabody Award-winning investigation Long Island Divided and its documentary film Testing the Divide, which are raising awareness of illegal steering by real estate agents. Pulitzer Prize winner and No. 1 bestselling author Bill Dedman was a lead reporter on Newsday’s three-year investigation. Bill developed the methodology for the investigation, including recruiting, training, and deploying 25 testers with hidden cameras.
Bill will share with REALTORS®:
- How tests were conducted
- What were the major findings
- How to avoid steering
- Can brokers talk about schools
- How to ensure fair treatment
To receive the link to this session on April 21, please register for Washington REALTORS®’ 2021 Spring Business Conference.
Feel free to download and share NAR’s Fair Housing Month banner/flyer!
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The Fair Housing Act outlaws discrimination against home renters and buyers by landlords, sellers, and lenders on account of their race, color, religion, sexual orientation, nationality, disability, or family status.
How to Report a Fair Housing Violation
If you believe you or your client has been a victim of a Fair Housing violation, we encourage you to report the violation to the Washington State Human Rights Commission and to contact the Seattle King County REALTORS® Professional Standards Administrator.
File a complaint with the Washington State Human Rights Commission
Any individual who believes that he or she has been discriminated against based on protected class status may file a charge of discrimination with the WSHRC. Learn more about the process here.
File an Ethics Complaint
If you believe that a REALTOR® has violated one or more Articles of the Code of Ethics, you can file an ethics complaint alleging a violation(s) through the local REALTOR® association where the REALTOR® holds membership. View more information on our website.
“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.” – Article 10, REALTOR® Code of Ethics
“Opening Doors to Housing” Series
As a charter member of the National Association of REALTORS®, Seattle King County REALTORS® is proud to stand with our national organization as it launches a broader effort to promote awareness and progress on fair housing and equal opportunity for all. We encourage you to view the campaign here.
Seattle King County REALTORS® has launched this additional effort to make housing and opportunity tools available to our members as they serve the diverse communities in our area. Our series on “Opening Doors to Housing” includes relevant resources, articles, best practices, talking points, and stories on advancing housing opportunities and promoting inclusiveness.
We encourage our REALTOR® members to follow and share aspects of our series.
In November 2020, NAR launched Fairhaven, a new fair housing simulation training for REALTORS® that uses the power of storytelling to help members identify, prevent, and address discriminatory practices in real estate.
In this video, you will watch an online workshop to help members avoid implicit bias in their daily business interactions.