Judge suspends Oregon ban on homebuyer ‘love letters’

A federal judge has suspended Oregon’s ban on homebuyers providing letters to sellers that accompany their offers. The state had banned the letters as it posited that they could help contribute, unknowingly or not, to Fair Housing violations as they could tip off sellers to characteristics of buyers that could support biases. Other jurisdictions throughout the country have considered similar bans. Indeed NAR, itself, has stated these homebuyer notes could lead to Fair Housing violations. While a preliminary injunction has been issued, this issue is far from settled.