RISMedia's Real Estate Magazine

APR 2018

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120 April 2018 RISMedia's REAL ESTATE {re: Real Estate} Even today, minorities are sometimes ushered toward specific neighborhoods. Other groups, such as LGBTQ and veterans, also feel the sting of steering. Ultimately, discriminatory housing practices contribute to racial and economic segregation in communities, which can lead to disparate outcomes in individuals' overall qual- ity of life—including health, education, and economic opportunity. We All Have a Role to Play All Americans deserve the same access to the opportu- nity of housing. NAR has evolved in our history, which re- flects some of the same issues our country faced. While we acknowledge our role in the past, we recognize our place in the present and our responsibility to drive con- tinued progress. It's time to bring greater awareness to these critical issues. Fair should mean fair for all Ameri- cans. It's an obligation we are proud of, and remain vigi- lantly aware of—not just because fair access to housing is part of adhering to the REALTOR® Code of Ethics, but because it's the right thing to do. Our members make a difference in every interaction they have with clients. Together, we can have a significant impact on policies that create broader change. Accomplishing this begins with self-awareness. What biases do you have? What assumptions do you make that don't even feel like discrimination? Even the most well-intentioned real estate professionals can inadver- tently assume something about a person's preferences based on someone's age, race, sexual orientation, family status, etc. Each of these assumptions, in the strictest sense, potentially violates the Act. A Yearlong Commemoration In commemoration of the 50 th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) will join with our partners and allies to raise aware- ness and create action. These partners include: 8 The Women's Council of REALTORS® 8 National Association of Real Estate Brokers 8 National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals 8 Asian Real Estate Association of America 8 National Association of Gay and Lesbian Real Estate Professionals Throughout 2018, you'll be hearing more about events and initiatives intended to 1) improve our commitment to fair housing and property rights by acknowledging our history and recognizing past champions; 2) commemo- rate the passage of the Fair Housing Act and actions to realize the promise of the law; and 3) embrace our role in the forefront of advancing fair housing and leading ef- forts to address community issues. Learn More Housing is a critical element of civil rights and fair treat- ment of all Americans. To learn more about the history of fair housing, what's next for fair housing, and how NAR and its partner organizations are commemorating the 50 th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, please visit www.FairHousing.realtor. Together, we can spread the word that "Fair Housing Makes U.S. Stronger." RE A pril 11, 2018 marks 50 years since the Fair Housing Act legislation passed, but for some Americans, the "American Dream" of home- ownership remains just that—a dream. Although sig- nificant strides in fair housing have been made since the 1968 passage of the Fair Housing Act, there's still work to do in order to achieve its intended goals. Fair Housing: From Dream to Reality How Your Brokerage Can Get Involved The yearlong commemoration of the 50 th anni- versary of the Fair Housing Act includes three key components: 8Acknowledge the history 8Recognize the progress made since 1968 8Lead action for continued progress NAR has compiled numerous resources your bro- kerage can use to share with your agents and participate in the commemoration, including fly- ers, print and banner ads, stories and videos. To access these materials, visit the Commemoration Resources tab at www.FairHousing.realtor.

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