Fair Housing is Always in Season

April 01, 2012

The month of March registered more days with below-average temperatures than any other March in Chicago history.

April Fool’s!

Actually, last month was the warmest March on record in Chicago and Illinois.

The Chicago area recorded an average temperature throughout the month of 53.5 degrees, which smashed the previous record of 48.6 degrees set in March of 1945 and 1910. Amazingly, last month’s March saw eight days of at least 80-degree temperatures; from 1870 to 2011, only 10 March days total reached the 80-degree mark.

In fact, if March were April, it would have been the seventh warmest April on record.

bunch of houses in a row, each one a different colorWhile we can’t predict whether April will feel like winter, spring or summer around Chicagoland, we can alert you to observances honored during the month, such as Fair Housing Month.

The Fair Housing Act, which protects homeowner rights and abolishes discrimination in housing, became law in April of 1968, and since then, Fair Housing Month has been celebrated throughout the month of April amongst the national and Chicago real estate communities.

The Act, which was amended in 1988, provides protection from housing discrimination based on seven protected classes: race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability and familial status. Fair-housing laws give every individual the right to buy, sell or rent residential property and to peacefully enjoy their investment.

“The Illinois Association of REALTORS┬« is in full support and advocacy of the practice of equal opportunity in fair housing. It is our pledge to uphold the spirit as well as the letter of the law, through programs, activities and training designed to promote and further the right of equal opportunity in housing for all.

*We believe equal opportunity exists only where there is complete freedom of choice in housing and we oppose any attempt to interfere with this freedom of choice.”

During April’s commemoration of the enactment of the Fair Housing Act, real estate professionals are urged to take some time to review business practices and philosophies to ensure total compliance with fair-housing laws.

Whether you are a real estate agent, a home buyer or a homeowner, visit realtor.org to learn more about equal opportunity in housing.

Then read on to find out about other observances recognized during this month.

April is:

African American Women’s Fitness Month

Amateur Radio Month

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April is Frog Month.

American Cancer Society Month

Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month

Celebrate Diversity Month

Community Service Month

Jewish-American Heritage Month

Keep America Beautiful Month

National Autism Awareness Month

National Better Hearing and Speech Month

National Food Month

National Garden Month

National Landscape Architecture Month

National Mental Health Month

National Occupational Therapy Month

National Older Americans Month

National Parkinson’s Awareness Month

National Pecan Month

four grilled cheese sandwiches on top of each other

April is also Grilled Cheese Sandwich Month.

National Sarcoidosis Awareness Month

National Soft Pretzel Month

National Volunteer Month

Pets are Wonderful Month

Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month

Soy Foods Month

Stress Awareness Month

Thai Heritage Month

Women’s Health Care Month

Check back to Chicagoland Real Estate Forum this month for more details on some of these observances, and have a great month!

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