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    You purchase toilet paper, computers and paper towels through the Amazon website. Now, you can buy your next house. The world’s largest retailer is partnering with Realogy, the largest U.S. residential brokerage, to match homebuyers with real estate agents through a program called TurnKey. In return, customers get up to $5,000 of Amazon products and services. And, yes, that includes Alexa-enabled smart home devices.

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  • Senate to consider expanding fair housing protections for LGBTQ people

    Bill would add gender identity and sexual orientation to protected classes
    A study released last month showed that same-sex couples are more likely to be denied a mortgage and pay more for one (should they be approved) than heterosexual couples. Now, a new bill in Congress is seeking to address those disparities by adding more fair housing protections for LGBTQ people.
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  • Facebook making massive changes to ad platform after being accused of enabling housing discrimination

    Fair housing groups spur changes to housing, employment, lending ads
    Facebook is making significant changes to its advertising platform after the social media monolith was accused of enabling discrimination in housing, employment, and lending. The changes come after years of scrutiny into Facebook's ad practices, which appeared to allow advertisers to purposefully exclude certain people from seeing housing, employment, or lending ads.
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  • Fight erupts in Seattle over law prohibiting landlords from checking tenants’ criminal history

    Court battle set over “Fair Chance Housing Act”
    There’s a legal fight brewing in Seattle that could have serious ramifications for the multifamily industry as a whole. The fight involves a newly enacted city law that forbids Seattle landlords from checking into the criminal history of their prospective tenants. Landlords have balked at the law and are now suing the city.
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  • No teenagers allowed: New Orleans landlord accused of discrimination

    HUD charges property owner with discriminating against families with children
    A New Orleans landlord stands accused of discriminating against families with children after allegedly repeatedly stating that he did not want any teenagers living on the property. The Department of Housing and Urban Development announced late last week that it is charging Earmastine Nelson with housing discrimination for running a real estate ad on Craigslist that stated “NO TEENAGERS PLEASE.”
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  • New York suing HUD, Ben Carson to enforce Obama fair housing rule

    State joins fair housing advocates lawsuit against Trump administration
    The state of New York is moving to join a lawsuit against the Department of Housing and Urban Development and HUD Secretary Ben Carson over Trump administration recently moving to delay a controversial Obama-era fair housing rule meant to address segregation in housing.
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  • National Fair Housing Alliance settles race discrimination case with Mississippi real estate agents

    Accused Jackson agents of discriminating against minorities
    The National Fair Housing Alliance announced this week that it reached a settlement with a group of Jackson, Mississippi real estate agents over allegations that the agents discriminated against homebuyers. The NFHA said that an investigation found that when “potential White homebuyers sought housing in integrated and predominantly African American neighborhoods, they were steered away.”
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