SOURCE: Long Island Board of Realtors

June 27, 2008 21:07 ET

Long Island Board of Realtors® Hosts Fair Housing Seminar

LONG ISLAND, NY--(Marketwire - June 27, 2008) - The Long Island Board of Realtors® recently hosted an informational seminar to address Fair Housing Law and its impact on Long Island. Hundreds of realtors attended the event held at the Coral House in Baldwin, which featured guest speaker Marcus Wally, Founder and Broker of New World Realty.

Fair Housing Laws have been on the books in the United States since 1866. The Fair Housing ACT of 1988 and Title VIII of the 1968 Civil Rights Act constitute the Fair Housing Act, which makes fair housing a national policy throughout the U.S. and prohibits discrimination in the sale, lease or rental of housing, or making housing otherwise unavailable because of race, color, religion, sex, disability status or national origin.

"Federal and state fair housing laws were put into effect to create an even playing field for homebuyers in all areas of real estate transaction," explains Mohsen Zandieh, LIBOR President. "The implications of fair housing laws are very significant in the real estate industry and real estate professionals may not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status or national origin. Equally as important, they may not follow such instructions from a home seller or landlord," he added.

Realtors gathering in Baldwin discussed numerous aspects of fair housing legislation including the Americans with Disabilities Act, Equal Credit Opportunity Act, as well as the Fair housing Act of 1988. Michael Mendicino, Chairperson of LIBOR's Fair Housing and Cultural Diversity Committee, explained the importance of the seminar: "Realtors need to be familiar with all aspects of fair housing law, need to stay current with regard to fair housing legislation and apply their knowledge to all real estate transactions."

"The fair housing laws are very specific when it comes to discrimination and equal access and realtors need to know that there are implications for working outside the parameters of the law when it comes to selling or buying a property," Anthony Atkinson, Co-Chairperson of LIBOR's Fair Housing Committee, added.

The Long Island Board of Realtors is a non-profit trade association consisting of more than 25,000 real estate professionals. LIBOR is the largest local Realtor Board in the Country with ten Chapters that cover the North and South Shore of Nassau, Suffolk and Queens Counties.

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