Mississippi real estate firm accused of discrimination

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A complaint filed with the Department of Housing and Urban Development alleges a Brandon real estate company discriminated against black customers and encouraged white homebuyers to purchase houses in predominantly white areas.

On Sept. 10, The Clarion-Ledger reports the National Fair Housing Alliance filed a complaint with HUD’s fair housing office in Atlanta against Re/Max Alliance following a yearlong investigation in which people of both races posed as prospective buyers with similar qualifications and housing preferences.

As of Tuesday, Lee Garland, a real estate agent and director of the office, said he had not received a copy of the complaint from HUD or the housing alliance.

The investigation was sparked by a complaint from a black homebuyer who told the housing alliance he or she had contacted Re/Max regarding a foreclosed property.

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