JACKSON, MS (WJTV) – After a year long investigation, a local real estate company is accused of discrimination.
The national fair housing alliance along with the Department of Housing and urban development filed the complaint.
They are alleging that Re/max alliance based in Brandon purposely didn’t service African American customers, while persuading white buyers to purchase homes in predominately white neighborhoods.
The fair housing alliance launched the investigation after being contacted by someone here in Mississippi, who claimed to have been unfairly treated by the business.
They then hired people with similar resumes and backgrounds to pose as buyers.
They claim to have found two major problems. One being that African Americans were either ignored or not service the way they should be. Morgan Williams the Director of Enforcement and Investigations/National Fair Housing Alliance said:
“The second thing that we found is that not only were the white prospective homebuyers serviced and shown homes, instead of being shown homes in Jackson, in which they were instructed to inquire about they were showing homes in white communities in the outlining areas.”
WJTV went to the Remax office in Brandon to get their response to this complaint. We were told that their leader was not in the office, and that they would be getting back to us.