Study finds racial discrimination in real estate practices


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  • Semi-Strong Louisville, KY
    June 15, 2013 4:16 p.m.

    A friend was looking to lease a house. They had the deal almost done. The subject turned to religion and it came out that she was LDS. The deal immediately fell through. There was no financial reason not to consummate the deal. Why did the owner back out? It seems almost certain it was due to religious discrimination.

    Do people still do discriminatory things? Yes. Do they do so against their financial interests? Yes.

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    June 13, 2013 7:21 a.m.

    I would like to see the numbers from the study and how they came to this conclusion.

    If you approach someone and tell them your price range and what you are looking for, and that's what they look for, for you....then that's not discrimination. If you're an illegal that limits your options and if you are an illegal then you shouldn't be allowed to have a loan or to purchase property to begin with (amazing that they can buy property, rent, start up businesses or churches yet they won't pay taxes and still get tax credit for lying about their income).

    Show me the study first before calling everything discrimination. It's in the interest of most businesses to turn a profit. They could care less what you look like, as long as you pay the bills.

  • logical Meridian, ID
    June 12, 2013 10:58 p.m.

    Yea it happens all the time. Real estate agents turn away potential customers?! Get me the number of an agent that turned away potential customers for a NON-ECONOMIC reasons. This is the dumbest thing. Read Thomas Sowell's book "Economic Facts and Fallacies". Remember how the banks were accused of lending discrimination that led the politicians to create policies that led the the housing market crash? Those were unfounded lies because some smart person was sure it was going on. Yea, banks turn down money all the time too!? Yea, a stupid thought.

  • SLars Provo, UT
    June 12, 2013 5:28 p.m.

    My family sold a house in Utah county in 2000. A small older (1950)900 sq foot home. All the real estate agent brought by was minorities. We had several non minority friends that were interested, and after the home was sold, we asked them why they never made an offer. We were told that they were never called by the agent, and their phone numbers were not returned.

    Make of it what you will, but I saw block busting in the 60's.