Mark Meek has spent 25 years as a residential actual property dealer, and within the final 5 years he has taken a second job – Oregon state consultant, representing an space about 30 miles south of Portland.
These twin roles merged final 12 months when Meek chaired a state task force, “Addressing Racial Disparities in Residence Possession.” It was Meek’s job, he mentioned, to ascertain legislative options for the truth that simply 38% of Black Oregon residents personal a house in comparison with 65% of white Oregonians.
What the lawmaker got here up with has ignited a nationwide debate amongst actual property brokers, on the weighty topic of Truthful Housing Act violations and the invariably emotional dwelling sale course of.
House Bill 2550, which the Oregon legislature handed earlier this month and is earlier than Gov. Kate Brown, incorporates a single, bolded sentence that may change current legislation.
“With a view to assist a vendor keep away from choosing a purchaser based mostly on purchaser’s race, shade, faith, intercourse, sexual orientation, nationwide origin, marital standing or familial standing as prohibited by the Truthful Housing Act,” the sentence in query reads, “A vendor’s agent shall reject any communication aside from customary paperwork in an actual property transaction, together with pictures, supplied by a purchaser.”
What the laws refers to is, in actual property lingo, a “love letter” from potential purchaser to dwelling vendor. Maybe the love letter received its identify as a result of, like different amorous missives, the photographs can imply as a lot because the phrases.