Contacts: Shanna Smith, President and CEO
Deidre Swesnik, Director of Communications
Undercover Investigation Reveals Chicago Housing Discrimination by Nation’s Largest Residential Real Estate Brokerage
National Fair Housing Alliance Announces Complaint Against
Coldwell Banker Office and NRT, Inc.
CHICAGO, IL – The National Fair Housing Alliance today announced a housing discrimination complaint against Coldwell Banker Residential’s Chicago Gold Coast office and its parent company, NRT, Inc., the nation’s largest residential real estate brokerage.
The investigation uncovered blatant housing discrimination against African Americans on the north side of Chicago, including neighborhoods such as Lincoln Park, the Loop, Gold Coast, and Lakeview. The federal Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in housing based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or familial status.
“We have found egregious discrimination at every NRT company we have tested over the past three years,” said Shanna L. Smith, president and CEO of the National Fair Housing Alliance. “The agents’ actions show a continuing practice of refusing to do business with African-Americans.”
In Chicago, real estate agents showed white homeseekers 36 condominium units versus showing only seven units to the same number of African-Americans homeseekers. One