Fair Housing study blasts realty agents for alleged 'steering and racial discrimination

April 10, 2006
Fair Housing Study Blasts Realty Agents for Alleged "Steering" and Racial Discrimination by Kenneth R. Harney
     In a scathing report, the National Fair Housing Alliance last week claimed that racially-motivated steering and unequal treatment of African-American and Latino home seekers are commonplace practices by some realty agents.
     The nonprofit fair housing group says it conducted "paired sales tests" in 12 metropolitan areas between early 2003 and mid-2005. The tests involved whites, Latinos and African-Americans posing as prospective home buyers in repeat visits to realty brokerage firms to detect any patterns of differential treatment by agents. The "tests were structured to capture detailed information about agent and (realty) company policies and practices," said in the report.