Sacramento woman refuses to sell relative’s home to Trump supporters
A California woman is willing to write off nearly 40 percent of local buyers as she puts her house on the market — because she won’t sell to a Trump supporter.
The woman is putting her Sacramento home up for sale but insisted the house — which has been in her family since the 1960s — can’t fall into the hands of anyone who voted for President Donald Trump, reported KOVR-TV.
“She entertained people from all walks of life,” said the homeowner, who asked to remain anonymous for the report, of her relative who previously owned the home. “I told [the realtor] that I didn’t want her to sell it to a Trump supporter.”
But legal experts aren’t sure her requirement can be enforced — or even lawful.
“That’s an unlawful contractual term that infringes the freedom of association and First Amendment rights,” said attorney Allen Sawyer.
Political affiliation isn’t one of the seven protected classes in the Fair Housing Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color, disability. National origin, sex and familial status.
“People have a right to believe what they want to believe and they shouldn’t be restricted from purchasing property based on that,” said Sawyer.
Even if the homeowner’s requirement is found to be legal, realtors say it’s nearly impossible to enforce.
“We can ask somebody how they voted, but they don’t have to tell us,” said realtor Elizabeth Weintraub.
Certified appraiser Ryan Lundquist said the woman may be limiting her ability to sell the home by refusing to sell to a Trump supporter.
“Thirty-nine percent of voters voted for Donald Trump in the Sacramento region — that’s an absolute fact,” he said.
But the homeowner said some things are more important than money.
“When you’re talking about principals, morals and ethics — it’s very, very deep,” she said.