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Fair Housing Resources

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.

Following the troubling results of a newspaper’s fair housing investigation last year, NAR wants to ensure that all members have the tools they need to promote fair housing and guarantee all people are treated fairly and equally in their search for a home.

This page is a dedicated spot to house resources and tools to help REALTOR® members and associations learn more about fair housing.

Fair Housing for Our Future with Bryan Greene, NAR’s Director of Fair Housing Policy
A webinar discussion on the impacts of the Long Island investigation, NAR’s response and ACT plan, and how that all applies to your business.

NC REALTORS® Diversity & Inclusion Statement

NC REALTORS®, representing over 50,000 REALTORS® who reside in diverse communities across North Carolina, embodies our REALTOR® Code of Ethics, the governing document which protects the housing rights of all people, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity. We embrace equality and inclusivity, honoring individuals and respecting differing perspectives to reach common goals for the betterment of all. Racism and discrimination have no home in North Carolina.

 

Adopted by the NC REALTORS® Board of Directors in October 2020

COVID-19 Fair Housing Guidance

During the COVID-19 pandemic, REALTORS® continue to play an important role in assisting people to find homes. These frequently asked questions about complying with the Fair Housing Act during the COVID-19 pandemic supplement our previous guidance.

Read the FAQs

Fair Housing Declaration

Print a copy of the REALTOR® Fair Housing Declaration and post it in your office and/or association.

I agree to:

  • Provide equal professional service without regard to the race, color, religion, gender (sex), disability (handicap), familial status, national origin, sexual orientation or gender identity of any prospective client, customer, or of the residents of any community.
  • Keep informed about fair housing law and practices, improving my clients’ and customers’ opportunities and my business.
  • Develop advertising that indicates that everyone is welcome and no one is excluded;, expanding my client’s and customer’s opportunities to see, buy, or lease property.
  • Inform my clients and customers about their rights and responsibilities under the fair housing laws by providing brochures and other information.
  • Document my efforts to provide professional service, which will assist me in becoming a more responsive and successful REALTOR®.
  • Refuse to tolerate non-compliance.
  • Learn about those who are different from me, and celebrate those differences.
  • Take a positive approach to fair housing practices and aspire to follow the spirit as well as the letter of the law.
  • Develop and implement fair housing practices for my firm to carry out the spirit of this declaration.
VIDEO | Bias Override: Overcoming Barriers to Fair Housing

Watch this online workshop to help avoid implicit bias in your daily business interactions.

The mind science experts at the Perception Institute present an online workshop to help members avoid implicit bias in their daily business interactions. Drawing upon the latest evidence-based research, Perception explains how our brains’ automatic, instant association of stereotypes with particular groups can cause us to treat those who are different from us unfairly, despite our best intentions and often without our conscious awareness. Perception then applies these concepts to the everyday work of REALTORS®, and offers strategies to override bias in order to convey respect, ensure fairness, and improve business relationships.

Want to go deeper? Take the Implicit Bias test, and watch for future offerings from Perception and NAR.

Free & Discounted Tools, Courses, Videos and Publications

Please visit nar.realtor/fair-housing to access the latest information and download core fair housing resources and tools including:

 

  • Fair Housing and Beyond – CE Available
    Fair Housing laws, beginning with the Fair Housing Act of 1968, were enacted to prohibit discrimination against certain protected classes. Real estate professionals must be familiar with both the theory and practice of Fair Housing when conducting business.This course covers discrimination and housing, types of violations, advertising rules, ADA, penalties, fair employment practices, fair credit practices.  It also explores anti-trust laws, bankruptcy protection, environmental considerations, and data security.

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  • 50% discount on the At Home With Diversity certification
    From now until December 31 2020, all members can earn the At Home With Diversity (AHWD) online certification for just $49.50 (a $50 savings). This course teaches sensitivity and adaptability to future market trends and illustrates the changing face of the real estate industry.

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  • Free Training Tools
    Housing Point: Fair Housing Act Video Download – now FREE for all members
    This training video highlights numerous scenarios and provides risk management tips on how to meet the obligations under the Fair Housing Act.

 

  • Window to the Law episodes
    January’s video provides a Fair Housing Update and provides tips and tools you need now to understand and comply with this important law.

 

  • Legal Affairs publications
    Noncompliance with fair housing laws is a risk that responsible real estate brokers simply cannot assume as a cost of doing business. The Fair Housing chapter from Real Estate Brokerage Essentials is now a free download!

 

  • Free digital downloads from the REALTOR® Store
    Access nearly every fair housing brochure, handbook and publication for FREE here.

 

NAR's New Fair Housing Action Plan

2020 NAR President Vince Malta and NAR’s new Director of Fair Housing Policy Bryan Greene discuss the Newsday article, NAR’s Fair Housing Committee, and NAR’s Fair Housing Action Plan. NAR wants all of its members to have all the tools they need to promote Fair Housing to ensure all people are treated fairly and equally in their search for a home.

 

 

 

 



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