Fair housing is more than a list of dos and don’ts, rights and penalties, and mandatory continuing education. As stewards of the right to own, use and transfer private property, fair housing protects our livelihood and business as REALTORS® and depends on a free, open market that embraces equal opportunity.
REALTORS® recognize the significance of the Fair Housing Act and reconfirm their commitment to upholding fair housing law as well as their commitment to offering equal professional service to all in their search for real property.
NAR’s Fair Housing Action Plan, abbreviated ‘ACT,’ emphasizes (A)ccountability, (C)ulture Change, and (T)raining in order to ensure America’s 1.4 million REALTORS® are doing everything possible to protect housing rights in America.
On November 18, 2020, NAR launched Fairhaven.realtor — an innovative online simulation training, where agents work against the clock to sell homes in the fictional town of Fairhaven, while confronting discrimination in the homebuying process.
During the training, learners also walk in the shoes of a homebuyer facing discrimination. The training provides customized feedback that learners can apply to daily business interactions.
At Home With Diversity is an educational experience designed to present a picture of the changing face of the real estate industry. More importantly, the class teaches REALTORS® how to work effectively with—and within—a rapidly changing multicultural market. Diversifying your clientele means learning the practical skills and tools to expand business and effectively service all cultural groups.
This certification addresses issues of diversity, fair housing, and cultural differences. The course teaches you to transact business in culturally competent ways. Learn more and get started below!
NAR Fair Housing Expert Alexia Smokler joined ValleyMLS Brokers for the 2021 Broker Summit and provide an update on NAR’s Fair Housing efforts, as well as the resources available to them to boost their offices bona fides in defending and abiding by the Fair Housing Act.
Ask the Experts: Fair Housing Helps the Economy
Several ‘must-read’ articles are listed below, explaining how Fair Housing isn’t only the right thing to do, it boosts the economy as well as your bottom line.
Watch the full HAAR Fair Housing Symposium the association held with representatives from the local housing authority on community needs and how property managers can play a central role in the challenge to support Fair Housing and opportunity for all. Leading the event are:
🔵 2021 NAREB interim-president Frank Brown, Huntsville City
🔵 Huntsville Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Director Kenny Anderson
🔵 NAR Fair Housing Policy and Valuation Director Sehar Siddiqi
🔵 2021 HAAR President Zelda Friedman
🔵 HAAR CEO Josh McFall
Fair Housing Resolutions
Each year at HAAR’s request, local leaders honor each April as Fair Housing Month. Thank you Mayors Tommy Battle and Paul Finley, and County Commissioner Dale Strong – as well as their hard-working staffs – for recognizing the importance of Fair Housing and opportunity in our real estate market. Click on any resolution below to read its full language.
Federal Compliance Guidelines
It can be difficult to navigate such an important law like Fair Housing, and the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development has posted guidance for the law as well as advertising a listing. Please find them in pdf format below or CLICK HERE for a web-friendly version of advertising guidelines.