FAIR HOUSING STATEMENT
Cressy & Everett Real Estate conducts business in accordance with all federal, state, and local fair housing laws. It is our policy to provide housing opportunities to all persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, familial status, handicap, national origin or sexual orientation. The company's fair housing procedures are not recommendations. They must be followed by everyone associated with the company.
Federal and state fair housing laws were put into effect to create an even playing field forÂ homebuyers in all areas of a real estate transaction. These laws prohibitÂ discriminationÂ based on race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status, and national origin.
Civil Rights Act of 1866
The Civil Rights Act of 1866 prohibits all racial discrimination in the sale or rental ofÂ property.
Fair Housing Act
The Fair Housing Act of 1968 makes fair housing a national policy. It prohibitsÂ discrimination in the sale, lease or rental of housing, or making housing otherwiseÂ unavailable because of race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status or nationalÂ origin.
Americans with Disabilities Act
Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination against personsÂ with disabilities in commercial facilities and places of public accommodation.
Equal Credit Opportunity Act
The Equal Credit Opportunity Act makes it unlawful to discriminate against anyone on aÂ credit application due to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, age orÂ because all or part of an applicant's income comes from any public assistance program.
The home seller, the home seeker, and the real estate professional all have rights andÂ responsibilities under the law.
For the Home Seller
You should know that as a home seller or landlord you are obligated not to discriminateÂ in the sale, rental and financing of property on the basis of race, color, religion, sex,Â disability, familial status, or national origin. You may not instruct the licensed broker orÂ salesperson acting as your agent to convey for you any limitations in the sale or rental,Â because the real estate professional is also obligated not to discriminate. Under the law, aÂ home seller or landlord cannot establish discriminatory terms or conditions in theÂ purchase or rental; deny that housing is available or advertise that the property isÂ available only to persons of a certain race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status, orÂ national origin.
For the Home Seeker
You have the right to expect that housing will be available to you without discriminationÂ or other limitations based on race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status, orÂ national origin.
This includes the right to expect:
- Housing in your price range made available to you without discrimination
- Equal professional service
- The opportunity to consider a broad range of housing choices
- No discriminatory limitations on communities or locations of housing
- No discrimination in the financing, appraising or insuring of housing
- Reasonable accommodations in rules, practices and procedures for persons withÂ disabilities
- Non-discriminatory terms and conditions for sale, rental, financing, or insuring of aÂ dwelling
- To be free from harassment
For the Real Estate Professional
Agents in a real estate transaction may not discriminate on the basis of race, color,Â religion, sex, disability, familial status or national origin. They also may not follow suchÂ instructions from a home seller or landlord.
What To Do if You Feel the Law Has Been Violated
Discrimination complaints about housing may be filed with the nearest office of the U.S.Â Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) or by calling HUD's toll-free numbers, 1-800-669- 777 (voice) or TTY (800) 927-9275 contact HUD on the Internet