Fair Housing: Showings Verbiage Tips

We are breathing a sigh of relief at the easing of restrictions on our industry, especially in regard to the ability to show property again. With it have come necessary safety protocols and knowing how to communicate these changes with our clients professionally is our duty.

In Fair Housing legislature, the basic rule is to describe the property, not who lives or should live there.  It is paramount to always be aware of protected classes at the federal, state and local levels.

During the pandemic restricting who may attend showings should be handled carefully.  The state association suggests using “Only principals to the buy/sell agreement are allowed for initial showings.” in lieu of prohibiting certain protected classes from attending.

If you have any questions about HUD’s Fair Housing Guidelines, we recommend visiting www.hud.gov.  Additional Fair Housing Resources may be found on NAR’s website.

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