Fair Housing Act Violations and Other Potentially Offensive Terms

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Real Estate Broker with Keller Williams West Sound Realty

This past week, I listed a nice property situated on a peaceful rural 5 acre parcel down in Port Orchard.

You can see a virtual slide show of the property 14098 Glenwood Road SW Port Orchard WA

Just a few minutes after the listing was published and went live, I received an email from the Northwest Multiple Listing Service, kindly notifying me that I had commited a listing violation.

More specifically, I had used descriptive language in my listing remarks section that violated the Fair Housing Act - a term/word that was discriminatory and potentially offensive.

And just what was this deplorable, slanderous, and offensive term?

The word was 'Family.'

It's interesting to note that the NWMLS uses the term 'Family Room' in their Residential Input room location fields.

I wonder how it is that they can use the same term as I did, but not be equally in violation of the Fair Housing Act?

Here is a link to the Fair Housing Word Report that I had received.

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Rich Jacobson is a licensed real estate professional with Keller Williams West Sound, providing knowledgeable empowerment and relentless representation for his clients of residential properties and vacant land throughout all of Kitsap County WA and portions of Pierce, Mason, and Jefferson Counties. You can also find him at KitsapLifeSoundBiteBlog, and Crabbing in the Hood, or e-mail: kitsapagent@gmail.com

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Rich, WOW that is insane.  What is even more insane is that I can think of several words that are offensive that they would probably not give a second thought to, because they would be looked upon as politically correct.

When the word Family starts becoming offensive, what is next?

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With all of the hysteria and miss information out there keeping us from doing our job, it is good to have a sensible person like Wallace #8 to set the facts straight.

Thanks for posting this important topic Rich and thanks Wallace for steering us in the right direction to find some solutions.

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Sounds like the PC police on streoids. You're clearly not vilating the intertion of the lawmakes so why should you be leld to the lettering of the text.

Did you have to change it?

 

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We were told here to avoid the use of  the words "within walking distance"  or " biking distance" as this could be a problem for those with walking disability. I think we have to play by the rules even though they may sometimes be the product of those that have nothing else to be concerned with in this life and in no way directly harm anyone.

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