Sellers Refused Home to Black Couple: HUD

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    A Chicago couple are accused of refusing to sell a Bridgeport home to comedian George Willborn because he is black.

    In this tough real estate market, you would think that agents would be itching to sell their properties to anyone with money in hand.

    But a Chicago couple, their agent, and their broker are accused of some nasty discrimination that goes beyond being overly particular.

    Daniel and Adrienne Sabbia have been charged with refusing to sell a Bridgeport home to a Black couple because of their race, reports Chicago Breaking News.

    In January, Chicago native and comedian George Willborn and his wife made a $1.7 million offer on the 5-bedroom home, which the Sabbias accepted, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

    However, the Sabbias refused to sign the sales contract, and HUD investigators were told Mr. Sabbia "expressed a preference not to sell his home to an African-American," reports Chicago Breaking News.

    HUD also charged the Lowe Group Chicago Inc. and real estate broker Prudential Rubloff Properties.

    Seriously, what year is this? Aren't we past this kind of nonsense yet?

    And perhaps even more ridiculously, who in this market passes up $1.7 million?

    Matt Bartosik is a Chicago native and a social media sovereign.