The ultra-competitive housing market in Washington’s Puget Sound area means some buyers are left in the lurch. The News Tribune found that real estate agents are advising their sellers to avoid VA home loans because of real and perceived problems with that type of financing.

Some lenders, buyers, and real estate agents say the practice feels like discrimination. But unlike other forms of housing discrimination — by race, national origin or disability, for instance — sellers can disqualify an offer from a VA buyer simply because of their method of financing.