Governor Gretchen Whitmer signs bill to protect homebuyers from discrimination
A bill protecting homebuyers from discrimination has been signed into law by Governor Gretchen Whitmer. Patrick Center spoke with the Grand Rapids State Representative who sponsored it.
Michigan’s Statewide Housing Plan released in 2022 reveals that the average home sales price from January 2013 to October 2021 increased 84%, and indication the housing market is competitive.
“But it can be increasingly so for certain parts of the population.”
State Representative Kristian Grant is addressing discriminatory housing practices that have historically impacted Black, Indigenous, and people of color communities.
“Having access to homeownership is really the basis of how Americans build wealth and build stability.”
Recently, the National Association of Realtors enacted a requirement that member realtors complete two hours of fair housing training every three years. The Grand Rapids Democrat and House Bill 4717 takes that training one step further for real estate licensees and property association managers.
“What this bill does is ensure that each time they renew their license they have had to spend one credit hour a year on learning updated and new fair housing law.”
Grant says the bill is crafted to aid in the elimination of barriers and provide access to opportunities.