Fair Housing for the Real Estate Industry


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. It also explains how federal laws help prevent discrimination in real estate lending transactions. The course 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, students will be able to:

  • explain the history and importance of the Fair Housing Act
  • identify and define protected classes
  • recognize unlawful practices in selling, brokering, and appraising residential real property
  • understand how to avoid discriminatory advertising
  • determine best practices to reduce risk for property owners and ensure fair dealing with the public
  • recognize the benefits of incorporating diversity in a real estate business

Designed For

Real estate professionals at all levels in their career

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