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Stop writing 'love letters' to sellers in today's real estate market, says President of Ohio Realtors

July 21, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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While buyers would like to compliment a seller on their fenced-in yard for children to grow or a spacious living room for Christmas morning, those comments could present problems, according to the President of Ohio Realtors.

“If a decision is made based on the letter versus other letters, it’s clearly a fair housing issue,” Task explained. News 5 spoke with several realtors in Northeast Ohio, who all explained they’re seeing about 25% of sellers’ agents no longer accept love letters, compared to almost none about a year ago. “We were recommending letters for a really long time,” Task said.

Earlier this month, News 5 highlighted how sellers would no longer be allowed to list homes as “Coming Soon,” beginning August 1. Fair housing regulations at the federal, state and local level currently prohibit discrimination in housing because of race, color, religion, sex, familial status, ancestry, national origin, disability, military status, sexual orientation and gender identity. “It’s incredibly difficult if not impossible to write a love letter and not mention at least one of those protected classes,” Task added. Tanesha Hunter serves as the director of education and outreach for the Fair Housing Center for Rights & Research, and points to penalties such as fines in the tens of thousands of dollars for sellers who discriminate.

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