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APR 2019

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136 April 2019 RISMedia's REAL ESTATE {re: Real Estate} While significant progress has been made since 1968, there's more work to be done. As a nation, we are continually improving our commitment to fair housing. April may be Fair Housing Month, but we need to raise awareness and take action every day of the year. As a broker, you play a vital role in keeping fair housing front and center, starting with new-agent training. Make fair housing a topic of discussion in your brokerage and a focus for specific activities throughout the year. Stay Informed It's essential to keep current on what's happening in your community. Use Fair Housing Month as a reason to redouble your efforts to understand local fair hous - ing ordinances and reflect on how your actions and words can impact housing choice. Local fair housing organizations are great resources for up-to-date fair housing information, training classes and materials for your customers and clients. Fair housing is good business. Your livelihood de - pends on free and open markets that embrace equal housing opportunities. Discrimination that denies op - portunity to one or more demographic groups impedes free markets and can have a negative effect on the school system and the health of your community. It is important to raise and discuss these issues within your local association and seek solutions that build on market strengths and support private property rights and homeownership. Take Action What actions can you take individually and within your brokerage to be a catalyst for change? Be creative in finding solutions, drawing upon resources offered with - in your real estate franchise, as well as NAR: 8 If you see discrimination, challenge it and report it to your local REALTOR® Association or the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). 8 Ask yourself, "Which fair housing issues impact my ability to provide real estate services?" 8 Engage in community dialogue about the issues tied to housing choices, including schools, healthy communities, residential displacement and eco - nomic opportunity. 8 Support efforts to get Congress to take action to expand protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity. You can also work in collaboration with the local chapters of NAR's partners and allies in the fair hous - ing mission, including the National Association of Real Estate Brokers, the Women's Council of REALTORS®, the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Pro - fessionals, the Asian Real Estate Association of Amer- ica and the National Association of Gay and Lesbian Real Estate Professionals. NAR's Efforts As a champion for private property rights and home - ownership, NAR continues to raise awareness about the importance of equal housing opportunities and ad - vocates for anti-discriminatory policies and practices at the federal level. For example, NAR is currently spearheading efforts to amend the Fair Housing Act to prohibit discrimina - tion based on sexual orientation and gender identity. NAR also provides a variety of communication re - sources, presentation materials, showcase stories and videos that are excellent tools for sparking fair housing discussions within your brokerage or shar - ing through social media and other communication outlets. Learn More As the REALTOR® community, let's take ownership of fair housing rights and uphold the promise of the Fair Housing Act. To learn more and access NAR's extensive collection of fair housing resources, visit www.FairHousing.realtor. RE T he National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) last year commemorated the 50 th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, historic legislation that es - tablished this nation's commitment to equal housing opportunities. The Future of Fair Housing: It's Our Story to Write Use Fair Housing Month as a reason to redouble your efforts to understand local fair housing ordinances and reflect on how your actions and words can impact housing choice.

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