The Fair Housing Program, developed by the National Association of Realtors, provides guidance and other resources to real estate agents to make all people receive the same level of professional services.
A realtor is someone who is a licensed professional selling real estate and is a member of NAR. Other individuals, not part of the NAR, cannot call themselves realtors and are normally referred to as salespersons or real estate brokers.
If you do business with a realtor, then you are dealing with someone bound by the strict code of ethics by which members of the NAR must comply. This code of ethics states that realtors may not discriminate or deny services to anyone based on "reasons of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin".
They also shall be part of any agreement to discriminate or deny services based on those reasons.
As the seller, you cannot refuse to sell your home to anyone in the protected classes. You cannot tell your realtor, salesperson or real estate broker to discriminate either. It would be against the law. Anyone who can afford your home has the right to purchase it, unless there is something else about the offer you don't agree with.
You have the right to expect that you will not be discriminated against, and to be able to purchase a home in a free and open market with no restrictions. This also includes if you are looking to rent or lease property as well. The same laws apply to both parties - those looking to rent and those with rental properties available. These are referred to as "fair housing rights" and no one can violate those rights.
If you suspect you have been subjected to discrimination, there are avenues and agencies that you can pursue and report your suspicion to:
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