Fair Housing is not a destination; it is a journey. Fair Housing is about trying to help every interested individual to find adequate housing and to be able to stay there for a lifetime.
Sure, there are certainly state and federal laws that prohibit discrimination against members of protected classes. But we should not need any of those. Good business sense tells us that we should help every client achieve their housing goal, wherever and whatever that may be.
But there are many other aspects of helping individuals achieve and retain their housing goals. One of the ways we do this is in cooperation with the nonprofit organization Rebuilding Together Sacramento. They help individuals with disabilities or on fixed income to maintain their homes to allow them to stay in those homes after they would otherwise have to move out and possibly become homeless. Our next event with them is on Saturday, April 30, 2016. Watch for announcements in our weekly email blast or go to rebuildingtogethersacramento.org and choose Sacramento Association of REALTORS® as the group you want to work with.
Another aspect of Fair Housing, in my mind, is making sure that we do not place clients into inappropriate housing. Is the home they are looking at a realistic property for their stated needs and lifestyle? Is the financing they are getting going to allow them not only to buy the house, but to be able to stay in that home for the foreseeable future? We have a fiduciary duty to our clients to always act in their best interest. That is a significant part of the concept of Fair Housing. We are the experts and owe a duty to our clients to make sure they are aware of and considering both the negative and positive aspects of the home you are looking at or the financing they are considering.
As we move through Fair Housing Month, please keep in mind all the things we do that can or will bring home the concept of Fair Housing to all the people we meet.