June 26, 2017

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HUD Announces Settlement In California Fair Housing Case

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced a settlement in a California Fair Housing Act discrimination case. According to the FHA/HUD official site, HUD “reached an agreement with the owner and manager of a California apartment complex, resolving allegations they discriminated against tenants because of their national origin and familial status. Two related complaints filed with HUD alleged that the manager of the Four Palms Apartments in Mountain View, California, made discriminatory statements about Latino residents and prohibited their children from playing outside”. Such discrimination is not permitted under federal Fair Housing Act laws. “A family’s right to enjoy their home shouldn’t depend on where they are from or whether they have children,” said Bryan Greene, HUD’s General Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, who | more...

 

Happy Memorial Day 2017!

Happy Memorial Day! We pause today from our usual posts about FHA home loans, refinance loans, and related topics to recognize the sacrifices made by our women and men in uniform. Thank you to all who have served-from those who have gone before to those who are about to enter their first year in uniform in service to our country. We return with our regularly scheduled posts on Tuesday. Thank you for reading, and have a safe and happy Memorial Day 2017.

 

Fair Housing Month And HUD

Fair Housing Month ends this weekend. This month-long campaign to raise awareness of Fair Housing laws is an important one, which includes measures taken by the Department of Housing and Urban Development to help house hunters and apartment seekers alike to get fair consideration when applying to find or buy a home. Those measures in 2017 include a trying to raise awareness of certain persistent types of discrimination. According to the HUD official site, one version is particularly troublesome. “Every type of discrimination robs individuals and families of their right to choose where to live, but one form of discrimination HUD is particularly active in addressing is discrimination against families with children, known as familial status discrimination.” HUD states that every year, more than ten percent of all Fair Housing | more...

 

HUD Announcement On California Fair Housing Case

The Department of Housing and Urban Development announced an agreement in a fair housing case involving a group of mortgage lenders operating in California. According to a press release on HUD.gov, ” The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced an agreement with a group of California mortgage lenders to resolve allegations they discriminated against a mortgage applicant based on his national origin.” The press release states that allegations of Fair Housing Act violations were brought against “American Financial Network of Brea, California; Benchmark Communities of Fresno; Brigantino Enterprise of Hollister; and an employee of Benchmark Communities failed to prequalify him to purchase a home in Hollister because he is Hispanic”. Federal Fair Housing laws prohibit “discrimination in rental, sales or home lending transactions based on a | more...

 

April Is National Fair Housing Month

National Fair Housing Month is a bit more than half over, but it’s an important time to raise awareness of Fair Housing laws, how they affect mortgage loan applicants, and how such laws affect renters as well as borrowers. Do you know about your Fair Housing Act rights under the law? The FHA/HUD official site reminds its’ readers, “The Fair Housing Act protects people from discrimination when they are renting, buying, or securing financing for any housing. The prohibitions specifically cover discrimination because of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability and the presence of children”. You read that correctly-as a renter, a buyer, or an applicant, your rights include equal consideration regardless of the presence or absence of any of the factors listed above. Fair Housing laws do have | more...

 

April Is Fair Housing Month

April is Fair Housing Month, and a press release from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) reminds us that 2017 is the 49th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act. We report on these issues here in addition to our usual FHA home loan topics because all borrowers, house hunters, and apartment seekers are protected from being denied housing on a discriminatory basis, but many don’t know or fully understand their rights under federal Fair Housing Act laws. And, as HUD explains, the availability of housing is an important factor in areas far beyond the immediate need of shelter and security. According to a press release at the HUD official site, “This year marks the 49th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, landmark legislation that became law on April | more...

 

Fair Housing Act Settlement With Alpine Bank & Trust

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced a settlement in a Fair Housing case involving an Illinois lender. According to a press release at the HUD official site, a recent settlement with Alpine Bank & Trust settles allegations that, “the Northern Illinois-based lender discriminated against African American and Hispanic mortgage applicants.” According to the press release, HOPE Fair Housing Center located in Wheaton, Illinois, “filed a complaint with HUD claiming the lender’s business service areas excluded majority African-American and Hispanic neighborhoods”. Fair Housing Act regulations make it illegal for any person or company to discriminate against applicants for non-financial reasons such as race, religion, national origin, family status, gender identity, etc. According to the HUD official site, “HOPE Fair Housing Center alleged the bank’s lack of a | more...

 

HUD Charges Oklahoma Landlords With Fair Housing Act Violations

Fair Housing Act laws help protect house hunters no matter what phase of the process they might be at, and it also offers protections for those seeking rental housing. Violations of Fair Housing laws can hinder those hoping to buy with FHA loans, conventional loans or other mortgages at some point, even if they aren’t actively looking to purchase at the moment. That’s why we report on Fair Housing cases from time to time-current and future loan applicants should know their rights and what to do if they encounter unfair treatment along the way. HUD recently announced on its official site that it is bringing charges against Oklahoma landlords for violations of Fair housing law. According to a press release on the HUD site that, “…it is charging the landlords | more...

 

HUD Announces Agreement In Fair Housing Cases

HUD has announced agreements with insurance companies in Ohio and Florida following an investigation into violations of Fair Housing Act regulations. We occasionally devote space to these issues because even in situations where the violations involve rental housing or other non-FHA loan transactions, they can affect borrowers seeking to apply for FHA loans. Some borrowers need rental housing to use in the planning stages of a mortgage before they can purchase a home, others may find themselves forced to house hunt due to job relocations, etc. Fair Housing laws protect Americans at all stages of the process of finding a home regardless of renting or buying. This most recent announcement of Fair Housing action from HUD states, “The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced agreements with two | more...

 
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Fair Housing Issues: Discrimination Against Children

There are many reasons why we report on Fair Housing Act laws. Violations of Fair Housing laws don’t just directly affect the borrower who is trying to purchase a home; such violations can hurt renters who are in the planning stages of a home loan or those who are actively looking as renters who have relocated to a new job market, etc. Families with children looking to rent or buy with an FHA loan (or any other type of mortgage) may experience discrimination based on family status. One recent example discussed on the HUD home page makes it clear that people from all walks of life may experience this type of illegal discrimination. Consider a recent example in Wichita, Kansas, where credit history, payment status, or other financial qualifications were | more...