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 while searching real properties for their clients. Especially they would go above and beyond to set a higher standard for fairness in housing, advocating through community outreach, education, committees, and other initiatives. Because That’s Who We “R.”
As champions of Fair Housing laws, the National Association of REALTORS® fights discrimination and promotes equality through an award-winning program called “At Home with Diversity.” The At Home With Diversity® curriculum encompasses topics of diversity, equity, inclusion, fair housing, and risk reduction. Since 1998, over 20,000 REALTORS® have worked effectively with and within today’s increasingly diverse pool of homebuyers. Click here for details of the Online At Home With Diversity® Certification Course.
NAR offers a comprehensive field guide on fair housing, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) offers an excellent resource page for fair housing, and the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing offers fair housing resources as well.
On November 19, 2020, NAR announced the release of a new interactive training platform (called Fairhaven) designed to help combat discrimination in America's real estate market. It is available at no cost to real estate professionals throughout the country. Fairhaven (NAR Login is required) is an immersive simulation where agents work against the clock to close four deals, confronting various scenarios where discrimination enters into the transaction.
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The mind science experts at the Perception Institute (link is external) present an online workshop to help members avoid implicit bias (link is external) in their daily business interactions. Drawing upon the latest evidence-based research (link is external), 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.