Will County has hired Applied Real Estate Analysis (AREA), Inc., to conduct a housing study on housing rights for residents across Will County. As part of the study, the County would like to have a stronger understanding of any potential challenges faced by the real estate industry in Will County. This is not a test, and there are no wrong answers. You do not have to answer any question with which you feel uncomfortable.

There will be an opportunity at the end of the survey to provide additional comments if you feel they were not addressed in the survey.

Your response is confidential and anonymous.

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* 1. Please select your primary professional function as it relates to the residential real estate industry.

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* 2. How many years have you been involved in the residential real estate industry?

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* 3. Which of the following communities does your business serve in Will County?

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* 4. Have you ever attended a training/class/information session focused exclusively or primarily on housing rights?

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* 5. When did the most recent training/class/information session occur?

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* 6. In general, how would you rate your industry’s understanding of fair housing laws and best practices?

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* 7. In general, how would you rate your Will County clients' understanding of their housing rights under fair housing laws?

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* 8. Have you had any clients who have raised a housing discrimination complaint? The complaint could have been raised against anyone or any entity.

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* 9. Did the client take any action to report or address this claim?

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* 10. In your opinion, is housing discrimination common in Will County?

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* 11. Please indicate how strongly you agree or disagree with the following statements. In your response, please focus on Will County.

  Strongly Agree Agree Neutral/Neither Agree nor Disagree Disagree Strongly Disagree No Opinion
Real estate industry professionals are undertaking more activities to encourage equal access to housing
Financial industry professionals are undertaking more activities to encourage equal access to housing
Local government officials are undertaking more activities to encourage equal access to housing
State of Illinois government officials are undertaking more activities to encourage equal access to housing
Federal government officials are undertaking more activities to encourage equal access to housing

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* 12. We would now like to ask you some questions regarding the ability to access housing by all persons regardless of their race, religion, marital status, or other characteristics. Unequal access to housing is known as an “impediment.” Impediments include any actions, lack of actions, decisions, or lack of decision made because of a person’s race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, military discharge status, source of income, gender identity, or housing status.

Please rate whether or not you think any of the following are impediments or barriers to equal housing access in Will County.

  Very Strong Barrier Strong Barrier Somewhat of a Barrier Minor Barrier Not a Barrier Don’t Know/No Opinion
Lack of awareness of housing rights by residents
Lack of awareness of housing rights by real estate agents
Lack of awareness of housing rights by landlords and property managers
Lack of awareness of housing rights by banks and mortgage companies
Lack of awareness of housing rights by property insurance companies
Lack of awareness of housing rights by appraisers
Lack of awareness of housing rights by local government staff
Land use, zoning laws, and building codes that make developing housing difficult and/or expensive
Prevalent “fear of others” by Will County residents, including NIMBYism (Not In My Back Yard - A term for a person who resists unwanted development, such as manufacturing plants, prisons, power companies, or chemical companies in his or her own neighborhood or town.)
People being denied mortgages at a higher rate because of their background
Jobs, housing, and transit are not located near each other
The housing crisis and recession have impacted minorities more than others
The housing crisis and recession have impacted renters more than owners
The housing crisis and recession have impacted lower ­income households more than higher­ income households
Certain Will County policies and procedures do not encourage equal access to housing
An insufficient supply of affordable housing in Will County
There are highly segregated communities in the County

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* 13. Do you identify yourself as:

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* 14. What is your current age?

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* 15. Do you identify yourself as a member of any of the following groups? (select the primary group)

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* 16. Do you identify yourself as a member of any of the following additional groups? (select up to three)

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* 17. Do you have any additional comments on access to housing that you would like to share? If so, please list below.

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