Fair Housing protects more than race,
color, national origin, religion,
sex, familial status or handicap.

To sellers and buyers landlords and tenants:

I promise to obey all fair housing laws.

In a cocktail lounge at a Realtors Convention in New Orleans I was privy to local agents overtly approving steering. Not long after I was in a bus with some Olympia Realtors and overheard a similar comment. It has been more than 25 years since I have heard a South King County real estate agent make a racially biased housing remark.

On the tee box at hole two at Maplewood Golf Course a member of my foursome made a racial comment about the black foursome on the green behind us. I regularly hear comments that my Grady Way Walmart is too international. We need to help each other do better with issues of bias.

I was showing homes in East Renton as I drove into the driveway of a house for sale, my client eyed the next door neighbor mowing his lawn. "Skip this one," she said. "I would never live next to a midget."

I knocked on the door of a recently acquired tenant who has a hearing disability. I then realized he needs a flashing door bell and a flashing smoke alarm. Tenants who have disabilities have to help us understand their needs.

Section 8 tenants are protected by fair housing laws in some municipalities, at the very least their caseworkers often become their advocates. Yet, because of inspections and repairs; because of the delays in payment; because of increased paperwork; because of their regulations (you have about a 15 day window to increase rent for the next rent period), I think Section 8 tenants need to pay about ten percent more to net the property owner what he would net from a non-assisted tenant. Yet I will tolerate just about anything from any tenant who stays ten years. It is all about the money.

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