Minority homeseekers are shown fewer homes and apartments than whites.
Black, Hispanic and Asian homeseekers continue to face discrimination from private real estate agents and rental property owners, a recurring obstacle that minorities have been fighting since the 20th century.
A new study released by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), shows that people of color are shown fewer homes and apartments than whites in 2012.
Minorities who are as equally qualified as white homeseekers are just as likely to receive an appointment and be shown at least one home or rental property when they call a real estate agent. But whites are more likely to be favored.
The report reveals findings from an "applied paired-testing methodology" in 28 metropolitan areas. "In a paired test, two people, one white and the other minority, pose as equally qualified homeseekers and inquire about available homes or apartments," the reports states.
Rental agents tell Blacks about fewer available units than equally qualified whites in all eight metro areas for which local estimates were computed. In five metro areas (Atlanta, Washington, Houston, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia), the differences between whites and Blacks in number of units available are statistically significant. In Atlanta and Philadelphia, the differences are substantially above the national average (of 0.2 units per inquiry). In seven of the eight metros, agents also show Blacks fewer units than equally qualified whites (Washington, DC, is the only exception). These differences are statistically significant in Atlanta, Houston, and Philadelphia, with the estimate for Philadelphia above the national average (of 0.06 units per inquiry).
Read full report here.
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