Fair Housing: It's Just Good Business


Although the federal Fair Housing Act was enacted over 50 years ago, housing discrimination continues to be a problem in the country. Every year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) investigates thousands of housing discrimination complaints based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, and familial status. This course reviews federal fair housing law protections, discusses key characteristics of protected classes, and explores activities that constitute fair housing violations including advertising. A review of court cases in which discrimination occurred will give the licensee a better sense of discriminatory actions and how to prevent discrimination in their real estate practice.

The course also explains how federal laws help prevent discrimination in real estate lending transactions. It concludes with a discussion of business practices that real estate professionals can develop to ensure compliance with the Fair Housing Act and to grow their business by embracing diversity.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • explain the history and importance of the Fair Housing Act 
  • identify and define protected classes
  • recognize how to reduce or prevent discrimination in the housing industry
  • discuss fair housing compliance and penalties for noncompliance
  • evaluate advertising according to fair housing guidelines 
  • identify unlawful practices in selling, brokering, and appraisal of residential real estate
  • recall sound practices in key areas of property management
  • explain real estate professionals' duties and responsibilities under the Fair Housing Act
  • describe the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Department of Justice (DOJ) enforcement practices
  • recognize the benefits of incorporating diversity in your real estate business 

Designed For

Real estate professionals at all stages of their career.

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