“Throughout the course of your career, you will likely work with buyers and sellers of many different backgrounds. As a REALTOR® sworn to uphold a strict Code of Ethics, you must treat all clients equally, regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity. The REALTOR® commitment to diversity and equality is perhaps the strongest in real estate, even going a step farther than the federal Fair Housing Act, which does not include sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes against housing discrimination.” (Source: National Association of Realtors®)
In 2020, NAR launched Fairhaven, a new fair housing simulation training for REALTORS® that uses the power of storytelling to help members identify, prevent, and address discriminatory practices in real estate. Inspired by real stories, this innovative online experience has agents work against the clock to sell homes in the fictional town of Fairhaven, while confronting discrimination in the homebuying process. Learners will also walk in the shoes of a homebuyer facing discrimination. The training provides customized feedback that learners can apply to daily business interactions
In 2017, NAR took its first look at member business through the lens of gender and race. The 2021 report expands these topics and scope. In addition to examining experiences by race and gender, NAR members were also asked questions regarding their sexual orientation.
This list was created as a part of a conciliation agreement between the RMLS™ and the Fair Housing Council of Oregon. The RMLS™ has agreed to routinely search its database for these words and remove them from any listing in which they appear. RMLS™ is committed to observing the Fair Housing Act, which seeks to ensure equal opportunity in housing. This list is not intended to be a complete list of words that may violate federal, state or local fair housing laws. Agents should check with their broker and brokers may wish to consult their attorney regarding fair housing compliance.
The sale and purchase of a home is one of the most significant events that any person will experience in his or her lifetime. It is more that the simple purchase of housing, for it includes the hopes, dreams, aspirations, and economic destiny of those involved.
NAR’s At Home With Diversity® (AHWD) course teaches Realtors® how to work effectively with today’s diverse pool of homebuyers and addresses the topics of diversity, fair housing, and business planning development. Once you complete the course, you can take your commitment to the next level by applying for the AHWD certification.
NAR partnered with the mind science experts at the Perception Institute to create this online workshop to help members avoid implicit bias in their daily business interactions.
2020 NAR President Vince Malta addresses the REALTOR® commitment to equality, inclusion, restoring communities and impacting change. In the second video he addresses rebuilding grants and what brokers and agents can do now to help communities.
Like to learn about the world from podcasts? From This American Life to The Bowery Boys, NAR presents podcasts that will educate you on Fair Housing.
The articles featured are the work of investigative journalists who have uncovered critical fair housing stories, along with civil rights scholars who have condensed their books into a shorter form. They’ll help you deepen your understanding of fair housing in less time than it takes to read an entire book.
Founded in 2003, AREAA is a nonprofit professional trade organization dedicated to promoting sustainable home ownership opportunities in Asian American communities by creating a powerful national voice for housing and real estate professionals that serve this dynamic market.
The Alliance was founded June 2020. The all-inclusive and all-embracing organization advocates for the LGBTQ+ community in real estate and housing policy while working to improve the professional lives of members. As their website says, “The LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance has a mission to advocate, elevate, and celebrate.”
Since 2007, NAGLREP has advocated on behalf of the rights of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community as it relates to housing and discrimination laws. Members of NAGLREP share a LGBT and Realtor® referral network and help provide services to LGBT and non-LGBT home buyers and sellers.
NAHREP’s mission is to advance sustainable Hispanic home ownership by educating and empowering the real estate professionals who serve Hispanic home buyers and sellers.
The NAHREP Western Oregon chapter is currently in the formation process.
NAREB was founded in 1947 as an equal opportunity and civil rights advocacy organization for African American real estate professionals, consumers, and communities in America. The purpose of NAREB is to enhance the economic improvement of its members, the community at large, and the minority community which it serves.
When WCR began in 1938, women weren’t allowed in many local Realtor® associations. Today, this nationwide organization provides business leadership programs and is politically involved. As their website states, “Council membership means a high-level business leader who will follow through on client needs.”