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Laura Hepworth
800 Village Square Crossing
Suite 307 
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
561 346-6723
800 579-7810

laura@sandcastlehomesrealty.com

 

We are a full service real estate brokerage firm. The real estate market is always changing and it is important that you choose the right REALTOR. I have over 20 years of experience as a residential real estate agent. As a Listing Broker for Sage Aqcuisitions we market the HUD owned residential Real Estate Owned Properties in our area. Please feel free to reach out to us if you need more information about purchasing a HUD owned home.

Whether it is your first purchase or you are an experienced investor, I will make sure that you experience a smooth process. I have extensive experience negotiating for both the buyer and the sellers. I have first hand knowledge of the values in the communities in my area. I can help you to correctly value your home. This is an important first step when making a decision about selling your home. Please feel free to contact me.

I look forward to helping you whether it is looking for a your first home or finding the value of your current home.

 

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Approved Listing Broker for Sage Acquisitions as prime contractor to HUD. For more information on purchasing a HUD home please call Laura @ (800) 579-7810 toll free.

HUD No. 18-089
HUD Public Affairs
(202) 708-0685
FOR RELEASE
Wednesday
August 22, 2018

FLORIDA HOUSING PROVIDER AGREES TO PAY WOMAN $100,000, SETTLING CLAIMS OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today that it has approved a Conciliation Agreement between Area Housing Commission, a public housing authority in Pensacola, Florida, and a female resident resolving allegations that one of its maintenance workers sexually harassed the woman. The agreement also settles allegations that the Commission retaliated against the woman when she reported the alleged sexual harassment. Read the agreement.

The Fair Housing Act makes it unlawful for a housing provider, including a public housing authority and its staff, to sexually harass a tenant. This includes creating a severe or pervasive hostile housing environment, or conditioning housing or housing-related services on the tenant's acquiescence to sexual demands. The Act also prohibits retaliating against persons who complain about housing discrimination.

"When people think of home, they think about safety, security, a place to create lasting memories - not about being subjected to unwanted sexual advances or degrading treatment," said Anna María Farías, HUD's Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. "No one should have to suffer the humiliation and fear sexual harassment causes in order to keep a roof over her head, and HUD is committed to taking action to address it whenever and wherever it occurs."

The case came to HUD's attention when the woman filed a complaint alleging that one of Area Housing Commission's maintenance workers subjected her to a severe incident of sexual harassment. The woman's complaint further alleged that after she reported the incident to Commission authorities, they retaliated against her.

Under the terms of the agreement, Area Housing Commission will pay the woman $100,000, move her to a three-bedroom apartment once an appropriate unit becomes available, and provide her with a parking space close to her unit. In addition, the Commission will ensure that a female employee is in the woman's apartment anytime maintenance work is being performed, create a policy prohibiting sexual harassment of applicants, tenants and voucher holders, establish a formal sexual harassment complaint procedure, and provide sexual harassment training for employees.

Last month, HUD and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) released a public service announcement (PSA) to raise awareness of housing-related sexual harassment and to reach persons who are victimized by it. The goal of this campaign is to make it easier for victims all over the country to find resources and report harassment. Watch the public service announcement (PSA). HUD and DOJ are also providing training and best practice materials on preventing and addressing sexual and other discriminatory harassment in housing to public housing staff, private landlords who accept housing vouchers, and residents of public housing and voucher housing.

April 2018 marked the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act. In commemoration, HUD, local communities, housing advocates, and fair housing organizations across the country have coordinated a variety of activities to enhance awareness of fair housing rights, highlight HUD's fair housing enforcement efforts, and end housing discrimination in the nation. For a list of planned activities, log onto www.hud.gov/fairhousingis50.

Persons who believe they have experienced discrimination may file a complaint by contacting HUD's Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity at (800) 669-9777 (voice) or (800) 927-9275 (TTY).

 

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I would like to thank Laura Hepworth for an excellent job during the sales process, as I am a local investor and it is nice to work with investor friendly brokers, who understand the business. I would recommend Laura to anyone looking for a smooth transaction. Scott
A few years ago, Laura was a licensed real estate agent with my real estate company and I was her Broker-in-charge --- I always found Laura to be honest, dependable and trustworthy as well as knowledgeable. I would recommend Laura as a real estate professional as well as a nice person. Liz Loadholt Chief Operating Officer AgentOwned Realty Liz Loadholt
Laura is the epitome of what I look for in a real estate broker. Her charisma and market knowledge is only out done by her hard work and willingness to go above and beyond for her clients. She really has her thumb on the pulse of the Palm Beach County single-family market. James
I'm extremely happy to be in a position to give testimonial to the professionalism and competence of Laura Hepworth. For many months, I agonized over the decision of selling my property in Port St. Lucie. Once I made the decision the rest was easy. Laura guided me through the entire process and the fact that I was living outside the state of Florida made no difference. Every document was thoroughly explained in a simple and concise manner. Laura is a consummate professional, with vast knowledge in the field of real estate. She is competent, honest and stood by me from the beginning to the end. If I should ever conduct another real estate transaction in the state of Florida, I will will not do it without the advice and guidance of Laura Hepworth..............Thank you Laura! Sincerely, Melvon Herbert Melvon Herbert
I have know Laura for over 20 years and she is a FIRST class lady with the highest skills and integrity. She is a real hard worker and always strive for perfection. Her honesty and hard work are second to none. she is the BEST! July 23 at 5:31pm JC Buffington
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