Fair Housing Solutions: Overcoming Real Estate Sales Discrimination
On November 17, 2019, Newsday released a scathing report detailing an investigation into the nature and extent of real estate sales practices on Long Island in New York. The report, entitled Long Island Divided, was the culmination of a three-and-a-half year comprehensive investigation entailing 240 hours of secretly recorded meetings with real estate agents and analysis of 5,764 house listings. It revealed a 19 percent rate of discrimination against Asian Americans, 39 percent rate of discrimination against Latinos, and 49 percent rate of discrimination against African Americans. Altogether, the agents in the Newsday investigation gave White testers 50 percent more listings than those given to their equally qualified Black counterparts.