Three major real estate brokerages are following counterparts including Realogy in endorsing a bill that would ban LGBTQIA housing discrimination nationwide. I joined REMAX in 2002 for their compassion, and expertise working with buyers and sellers.

Just in time for Pride Month 2019, the annual June Celebration of LGBTQ rights and advocacy in the U.S., three major real estate brokerages — Compass, eXp Realty, and Redfin — all confirmed to Inman news this week for the first time that they support the Equality Act, a proposed update to the U.S. Civil Rights Act that would make it illegal for anyone in the country providing various services, including employment, housing and related services, to discriminate against people based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Further, all three companies told Inman they are taking steps to join the advocacy group the Human Rights Commission’s wider business coalition supporting the legislation, which includes numerous other real estate firms and businesses across industries.

“We support the Equality Act as part of our commitment to fulfill our mission – to help everyone find their place in the world,” a spokesperson for Compass told Inman.

“Redfin fully supports the Equality Act and are now in the process of joining the business coalition,” a spokesperson for the company told Inman.

The Equality Act would add non-discrimination protections for LGBTQIA-identifying individuals into the nation’s civil rights laws, which include the Fair Housing Act.

It passed in the Democrat-led House of Representatives The Fair Housing Act, passed into law in 1968 and now a bedrock of the real estate industry, makes it illegal to discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, familial status or national origin in the renting or selling of housing and related services. It does not, however, specifically mention sexual orientation or gender identity as protected categories.

In the absence of a uniform specific federal law banning discrimination against such persons in housing and other services, 20 states in the U.S. have passed their own laws banning housing discrimination based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

Realogy, RE/MAX, Zillow and HSF Affiliates have all previously announced their support of the legislation, adding the three most recent companies to a growing list. The National Association of Realtors (NAR), the largest industry trade group in the nation with around 1.3 million registered members, has also recently expressed support for the Equality Act after being urged on by the industry advocacy group the National Association of Gay and Lesbian Real Estate Professionals (NAGLREP).

BY PATRICK KEARNS Staff Writer for Inman News.

Many Broker and agents may ask what I share so much to everyone in my blogs. In a world where buyers can find homes faster than Realtors can pass them along, this is one of the true benefits we can offer our clients. Although the overall purchase price is the factor with the most weight given to it, there are several others we can work with to help our clients stand out.

1. Aggressive closing dates, large deposits

The most popular ways to put forward a strong offer are to have aggressive closing and a large deposit to hold back as a binder or escrow.

After price, these are typically the second and third items looked into, respectively. Chat with the loan officer to see how tight you can realistically make the dates without requiring an extension.

Once you make a determination, explain to the myself or another lilsting agent the conversation you had and that those dates are not just feasible, but to be expected.

Follow that up by making the deposit a full lump sum at contract execution rather than in various disbursements after inspection, etc. Putting it all upfront shows the seller just how into the property you are.

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2. Pre-approval letter

I work with many of the same loan officers deal after deal. We have come up with a pre-approval letter that shares with the sellers that all income and asset documents have been received and reviewed, credit run, and file is ready to move to underwriting.

This shows that the buyer is pre-approved, not just pre-qualified. Asking the loan officer to provide you with the automated underwriting engines (AUS) findings and adding a brief explanation on how to read them also shows the homework done by the loan officer to pre-approve my buyers.

This can express to the sellers just how strong of a mortgage candidate the prospective buyers are, and it can give them confidence the deal will go through according to plan.

3. Waive inspections

Waving inspections is another way of getting clients into a home. The best way to do this and protect your buyers at the same time is with “for buyer’s purposes only” inspections.

This gives buyers an opportunity to back out if they perform an inspection and severe issues come up. This is also a situation where the buyer, should know the property and have a good idea of what condition it is in.

It is out of our scope to be building inspectors, but you should be able to recognize asbestos wrap, missing plumbing, outdated electrical, past its life roof, etc.

4. Send in a full offer

Sending over a full offer also is a great way to gain acceptance. When submitting an offer, always be sure to include the pre-approval letter, copy of deposit check and all related disclosures and addendums.

If it is a FHA mortgage, it’s a must to be sure to include the FHA Amendment Clause as well. This way the seller has everything and can execute the contract without needing to go back and request further information.

Creating strong offers that beat out other buyers and getting our client the home they want is a win for all.

Material in this article is referenced by the primary writer BY MICHAEL MAYNARD May 31, 2019