Fair Housing vs Love Letters

Posted on: August 25, 2021

Fair Housing vs Love Letters-
Many times, a “love letter” accompanying an offer from a buyer influences a seller. Oregon recently banned love letters siting threats to Fair Housing. From the National Association of Realtors Here is why you should carefully consider submitting such a letter:
Love letters: This includes any communication that accompanies an offer from the buyer to the seller, such as a letter, video, or photos. The problem is these letters often innocently include personal information that reveals a prohibited basis for discrimination, including race, color, religion, national origin, sex, familial status, and disability. For example, if a letter says, “We can see our family celebrating Christmas around the fireplace,” or, “The wide hallways can accommodate my wheelchair,” these are potential fair housing issues.

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