The Fair Housing Act, enacted in 1968, is one the most crucial protections for today’s home buyers and renters. It protects the fair and equal residency opportunities for all citizens of any sex, race, color, religion, or heritage. Realtors must learn every detail of the Fair Housing Act before they are able to obtain their real estate license. It is very important to us realtors that we are able to adequately represent our clients, and that includes protecting them from, and also potentially causing, discrimination.

However, despite the act’s very specific standards, a lack of knowledge and understanding of what exactly constitutes a violation of these standards is allowing for individual rights to be compromised. 
                The St. Mary’s County Commissioners hope that by spreading awareness of this great and important act, we as a community can strive for a status of perfect fair housing opportunities for all citizens. In the spirit of this month, please take a moment to educate yourself on what exactly constitutes housing discrimination. It only takes a moment, and the more you know, the more protected you will be from potential discrimination. 
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