Real Estate Word of the Day: Fair Housing

Fair housing refers to the principle that every individual, regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or familial status, has the right to access housing on an equal basis. This concept is enshrined in the Fair Housing Act of 1968, which was enacted to combat housing discrimination and ensure that everyone has a fair shot at securing housing.

Why Fair Housing Matters in Real Estate

Fair housing ensures that all prospective homebuyers and renters have an equal opportunity to find housing that suits their needs. Discrimination based on any of the protected categories is not only unethical but illegal. Embracing fair housing leads to diverse and vibrant communities. It fosters an environment where people from different backgrounds and walks of life can come together, enriching the overall experience of living in a neighborhood. Fair housing practices can positively impact property values. When a community is inclusive and welcoming to all, it becomes more desirable, potentially leading to higher property values. Compliance with fair housing laws is essential for real estate professionals. Failure to adhere to these laws can result in costly lawsuits and damage to one's reputation.

How We Promote Fair Housing

At Tom Crimmins Realty, we take our commitment to fair housing seriously. Here's how we ensure that we uphold these principles in every transaction:

  • Our agents and staff receive regular training on fair housing laws and practices. This ensures that they are well-informed and equipped to provide equal service to all clients.
  • We have a strict non-discrimination policy that is prominently displayed in our offices and on our website. We make it clear to everyone that discrimination will never be tolerated.
  • We make every effort to ensure that our services are accessible to individuals with disabilities. This includes providing information in accessible formats and making reasonable accommodations when needed.
  • We actively engage with and support initiatives that promote fair housing in our communities. We believe that a commitment to fair housing extends beyond our business operations and should be woven into the fabric of the communities we serve.

As a homebuyer or renter, you also play a vital role in promoting fair housing. Familiarize yourself with fair housing laws and your rights as a consumer. If you encounter any form of housing discrimination, report it to the appropriate authorities.

Looking to buy or sell your home on Staten Island? For all your real estate needs, look no further than Tom Crimmins Realty! Give us a call at (718) 370-3200, and we can provide you with professionally-trained agents who are flexible to all that you’re looking for!


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