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HUD charges discrimination in derailed sale

Sellers, listing agent, broker allegedly violated Fair Housing Act

Federal housing regulators have filed discrimination charges on behalf of a Chicago-area radio personality and comedian who thought he'd found a dream home for his family, only to have the sellers pull it off the market in the midst of negotiations.George Willborn -- a comedian whose resume includes appearances on Black Entertainment Television's "Showtime at the Apollo" and HBO's "Def Comedy Jam" -- and his wife Peytyn had a $1.7 million offer on the table to purchase an 8,000-square-foot, five-bedroom mansion in Chicago's Bridgeport neighborhood.Sellers Daniel and Adrienne Sabbia -- and their listing agent and broker, Prudential Rubloff Properties -- ran afoul of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) when the Sabbias wrapped up several days of negotiations by pulling their home off the market rather than responding with a counteroffer.In an interview under oath, the Sabbias' listing agent, Jeffrey Lowe, "admitted that while he was representing...

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