Discriminatory real estate ad attracts media attention

This post makes the “just for fun” category for the featured video’s surprise ending. If you start the video, please see it through to the end.

By way of Brendan King’s Twitter stream.

As a licensed Asian, I found this particular misunderstanding quite amusing and so did the other Asians in my office, but discriminatory practices are no laughing matter and fair treatment for all human beings is a cornerstone of a civilized society.

The Saskatchewan Human Rights Code was written to protect people from discriminatory practices. The following are “prohibited grounds” for discrimination under the Code;

(i) religion;
(ii) creed;
(iii) marital status;
(iv) family status;
(v) sex;
(vi) sexual orientation;
(vii) disability;
(viii) age;
(ix) colour;
(x) ancestry;
(xi) nationality;
(xii) place of origin;
(xiii) race or perceived race; and
(xiv) receipt of public assistance.

Section 10 and section 11 of the Saskatchewan Human Rights Code deal specifically with discriminatory practices in the sale or leasing of real estate.

Discrimination in the purchase of property prohibited

10(1) No person shall, on the basis of a prohibited ground:

(a) deny to any person or class of persons the opportunity to purchase any commercial unit or any place of dwelling that is advertised or in any way represented as being available for sale;

(b) deny to any person or class of persons the opportunity to purchase or otherwise acquire land or an interest in land; or

(c) discriminate against any person or class of persons with respect to any term of the purchase or other acquisition of any commercial unit or any place of dwelling, land or any interest in land.

(2) Repealed. 2007, c.39, s.4.

(3) Nothing in subsection (1) prohibits the sale, the offering for sale or the advertising for sale of a place of dwelling for occupancy by persons over 55 years of age exclusively.

Discrimination in occupancy of commercial unit or housing accommodation is prohibited

11(1) No person, directly or indirectly, alone or with another, or by the interposition of another shall, on the basis of a prohibited ground:

(a) deny to any person or class of persons occupancy of any commercial unit or any housing accommodation; or

(b) discriminate against any person or class of persons with respect to any term of occupancy of any commercial unit or any housing accommodation.

(2) Subsection (1) does not apply to discrimination on the basis of the sex of a person with respect to housing accommodation, where the occupancy of all the housing accommodation in a building, except that of the owner or the owner’s family, is restricted to individuals who are of the same sex.

(3) Subsection (1) does not apply to discrimination on the basis of the sex or sexual orientation of a person with respect to the renting or leasing of any dwelling unit in any housing accommodation that is composed of not more than two dwelling units, where the owner of the housing accommodation or the owner’s family resides in one of the two dwelling units.

(4) Nothing in subsection (1) prohibits the renting or leasing, the offering for rent or lease or the advertising for rent or lease, of any housing accommodation for occupancy by persons over 55 years of age exclusively.

The Saskatchewan Human Rights Code is here.

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Norm Fisher
Royal LePage Saskatoon Real Estate

May I ask why you're selling?

Found by way of Larry Yatkowski, author of the world renowned Yatter Matters blog in his recent post, “Is an anus a patent defectt?” Larry covers the Vancouver real estate market in a way you’ll appreciate. Thanks for this little gem Larry!

I’m always happy to answer your Saskatoon real estate questions.  All of my contact info is here. Please feel free to call or email.

Norm Fisher
Royal LePage Saskatoon Real Estate

Saskatoon home seller has one strange pricing strategy

This image is a screenshot taken from the Saskatoon MLS system that displays the price history of a listed property. The home seller is clearly confused. He has adjusted his price 16 times including 9 reductions and 7 increases. That’s right. 7 increases. Oddly, the asking price is still higher than it was the day the home was introduced to the Saskatoon real estate market nearly 5 months ago.

Like almost everything else these days, this MLS history report reminded me of the volatility of stock market. I only wish that my investments were still priced higher than they were five months ago. 🙂

Saskatoon home seller has strange pricing strategy

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Norm Fisher
Royal LePage Saskatoon Real Estate

John Gormley on me, real estate blogs, and you

Me: “A really good guy.”
Real estate blogs: “A bit of a mistake.”
You: “Loons…lefties…Saskatchewhiners…idiots.”

Audio clip from John Gormley Live – 09/16/08

Think about it. I am. ☺

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Norm Fisher
Royal LePage Saskatoon Real Estate

Norm Fisher: One on one with RE Revealed in a Bubble Gum Interview

Norm Fisher: One on one with RE Revealed in a Bubble Gum Interview

I’m not big on interviews. Perhaps that’s a bit odd for someone who is the “media spokesperson” for his company. One of the biggest challenges is the deadlines. Reporters always seem to call about an hour before they’d like to see you so you have to act quickly, and often rearrange other scheduled activities to get it done. I do it because it’s part of the job but I rarely have fun with them.


It was an entirely different story when Lani Anglin-Rosales asked me to do a “bubble gum interview” with RE Revealed. Her blog is one of my favorites and I really enjoy her intelligent sense of humour. It was an honour to be asked and she was gracious enough to give me “as much time” as I needed.

96 days later, the interview is here. 🙂


Lani, thanks for the invitation to RE Revealed and for your patience. I really did enjoy this one.

I’m always happy to answer your Saskatoon real estate questions.  All of my contact info is here. Please feel free to call or email.

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Norm Fisher
Royal LePage Saskatoon Real Estate