Reaffirming Fair Housing: Why Now?

Discrimination has no place in real estate, as you already know. Now is an urgent time to act on our shared principle, NAR Director of Fair Housing Policy Bryan Greene says in NAR’s latest “Pivot in Place” video. The neighborhoods where people reside, Greene notes, determine their access to education, safety, and health care—particularly critical issues in the middle of this pandemic. Therefore, equal housing opportunity is a vital component of helping everyone not only survive but thrive despite COVID-19.

How can you join NAR’s renewed commitment to the Fair Housing Act at this challenging moment?

Familiarize yourself with the association’s recently adopted Fair Housing Action Plan, called the “ACT” initiative, which addresses accountability, culture change, and training so real estate professionals are educated and prepared to support housing rights.

Watch the video created for REALTORS®, “Bias Override: Overcoming Barriers to Fair Housing,” to learn how implicit bias can lead to unfair treatment in transactions, even when a practitioner has no intention to discriminate.

Follow best practices for avoiding steering clients toward certain neighborhoods, which is a fair housing violation.

Register for the NAR Appraisal Summit: Fair Housing Issues in Real Estate Appraisal event, which will be held virtually August 5 at 3 p.m. CT.

Find fair housing resources, as part of NAR’s Right Tools, Right Now program.

Learn methods for promoting anti-racism and fostering equality in the real estate industry.

In a further move to support fair housing ideals, NAR admonished HUD for dismantling the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing regulation, which helped communities fight housing segregation and discrimination. Read NAR’s comment letter to HUD.