“A seller’s agent shall reject any communication other than customary documents in a real estate transaction.”
By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog
(June 15, 2021)
OnlineEd – The 2021 Regular Session of the Oregon Legislature has passed House Bill 2550. In short, the Bill directs the seller’s agent to reject any communication from a buyer to a seller as necessary to help the seller avoid selecting a buyer based on violation of federal fair housing laws. In addition, the bill amends the seller’s duties in a real estate transaction as outlined in ORS 696.805. The enrolled bill, awaiting Senate President signature, specifically states:
“In order to help a seller avoid selecting a buyer based on the buyer’s race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status or familial status as prohibited by the Fair Housing Act (42 U.S.C. 3601 et seq.), a seller’s agent shall reject any communication other than customary documents in a real estate transaction, including photographs, provided by a buyer.”
Because most Oregon real estate brokers had already determined these types of letters to be discriminatory, this law is not expected to greatly impact the Oregon brokerage community.
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Jeff Sorg is a co-founder of OnlineEd®, an online real estate, mortgage broker, and vocational school founded in 1997, where he also serves as Chief Executive Officer, and School Director. Sorg holds vocational and post-secondary school instructor licenses in several states and has authored numerous real estate continuing education and pre-licensing courses and has been awarded the International Distance Education Certification Center’s CDEi Designation for distance education. Memberships include ARELLO (Association of Real Estate License Law Officials), the National Association of REALTORS®, Oregon Association of REALTORS®, and Portland Metro Association of REALTORS®. Awards and service include REALTOR® Emeritus in the National Association, Life Member award in Portland Metro Association and Chairperson of the Oregon Real Estate Forms Committee.
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