equal-house-oppApril 2013 marks the 45th anniversary of the 1968 landmark Fair Housing Act. The Fair Housing Act prohibited housing discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, or handicap. Every April, REALTORS® celebrate Fair Housing Month to reaffirm their continuing commitment to fair and equitable treatment and a professional level of service for all in their search for real property.

The National Association of REALTORS® has developed a Fair Housing Program to provide resources and guidance to Realtors® in ensuring equal professional services for all people. The REALTOR® Code of Ethics (which turns 100 this year) has a long history of promoting fair housing values.

You can also find many Virginia-based resources on VAR’s website, including downloadable resources, a Blake video on Fair Housing, and more. Look for more helpful tips throughout the month on Facebook and Twitter to ensure that you remain in compliance with fair housing laws.