Published 06/11 2014 05:41PM

Updated 06/11 2014 05:41PM

If a seller refuses to allow you to purchase a home because of your age, race, or religion, they are breaking the law. If you believe you've been discriminated against, you need to proceed carefully. First, consider what evidence you have. Do you have any documents or advertisements that state a preference for race or religion? Did a house mysteriously go off the market, only to return once your offer was refused? Maybe your evidence isn't concrete, but you do have a reasonable suspicion of discriminatory practice. Your first step should be to document the dates, times, and circumstances of the events you believe were discriminatory. You can also consult an attorney specializing in real estate law. This attorney can advise whether you have a basis for legal action or not. Remember, there are portions of the Fair Housing Act allowing religious and non-profit organizations, as well as private clubs, to give preference of sales to members of their organization. A real estate professional can give you more information on your rights as a homebuyer.

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