Two Ways You Can Commit a Fair Housing Violation Without Even Knowing It

June, 17 2019

While the Fair Housing Act’s purpose—barring discrimination in the sale, rental, or financing of residential property—may be easy to understand, navigating the many intricacies of the landmark statute can be tricky even for experienced real estate professionals, said experts on the 1968 law who spoke during a recent event in Fairfax, Va.

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4 Things You Didn’t Know About the Fair Housing Act

June, 13 2019

Usually I try to point Book Scan readers to the written word, but occasionally I find a piece of audio worth recommending. Last time I pointed you toward a wonderful novel about a real estate agent, but this time I’m suggesting a podcast.

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What’s a Social-Purpose REIT?

June, 13 2019

Just like the first volume, The City We Need Is Affordable, Vol. 2 looks at some of real estate’s more innovative responses to the challenge of affordable housing all around the world.

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Wake Up Call for the Development Industry

June, 13 2019

When I’m working on stories for REALTOR® Magazine, it’s not uncommon for my interview subjects to offer supplemental reading that might help round out my reporting. But rarely am I told that a book could change my thinking entirely on a given subject.

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No Sunset on Housing History

June, 13 2019

Edina, Minn. is one of the few suburbs I could see myself living in. It has decent public transportation, boutique storefronts, independent restaurants—and for an extra dose of kitsch—the first indoor shopping mall in America. It’s one of those old-growth ‘burbs, where the houses have character and the streets have sidewalks.

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Uncovering the Government’s Role in the History of U.S. Segregation

June, 13 2019

I live in Chicago, a city that consistently ranks among the most segregated in the nation. This fact is starkly evident to anyone who makes their lives here – a city where black and white citizens live separately, learn separately, and move through the city separately.

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Books in Brief: Lighting the Path to Housing Equality

June, 13 2019

No matter how passive it may seem, reading is an activity. It can be an acknowledgement, a political act, an act of remembrance—and at its best, it’s often all three wrapped into one.

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What It’s Like to be Evicted

June, 13 2019

It’s hard to imagine what it’s like to be evicted, perhaps because the impacts of evictions are so wide-ranging. Household items are put on the curb and lost if the evictee can’t afford a storage unit. 

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