Historic Fair Housing Resolution Acknowledges Sins of the Past

Jeffrey Hicks, President of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers, speaks in support of a multilateral resolution acknowledging NAR’s past opposition to fair housing and its commitment today and in the future to advocating for equal housing opportunity for all.

In a historic moment at this morning’s Board of Directors meeting, Tim Hur, Chair of the Diversity Committee, read aloud a resolution commemorating the 50th anniversary of the national Fair Housing Act of 1968. Significantly, and after months of multilateral negotiations with NAR, the National Association of Real Estate Brokers, the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals, the Asian Real Estate Association of America, Women’s Council of REALTORS®, and the National Association of Gay and Lesbian Real Estate Professionals, the resolution had the full support of each organization. NAREB President Jeffrey Hicks spoke after Hur, commending NAR on this historic step.

NAR President Elizabeth Mendenhall recognized and commended the co-chairs of the Fair Housing Workgroup: Zeke Morris and Gail Hartnett.

The resolution provides a candid acknowledgment of NAR’s past opposition to fair housing: “Whereas the policy of the National Association of REALTORS® has also evolved from promoting exclusion and opposing fair housing to leading efforts to expand fair housing right and inclusion in our membership . . . .”

The full text of the Resolution appears below:

RESOLUTION
Whereas the National Association of REALTORS® firmly supports the Fair Housing Act and equal housing opportunity regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, handicap, familial status, sexual orientation, or gender identity, and includes that commitment in its Code of Ethics, and

Whereas our nation’s commitment to property rights has evolved from promoting unfair housing exclusions, including those based on race, national origin and gender, to inclusion regardless of race, color, religion, gender, disability, familial status and national origin, and

Whereas the policy of the National Association of REALTORS® has also evolved from promoting exclusion and opposing fair housing to leading efforts to expand fair housing rights and inclusion in our membership, and

Whereas the National Association of Real Estate Brokers was instrumental in bringing about the 1968 Fair Housing Act and in encouraging changes in the policy of the National Association of REALTORS® as well as promoting fair housing and homeownership, and

Whereas the Asian Real Estate Association of America, the National Association of Gay and Lesbian Real Estate Professionals, the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals, and the Women’s Council of REALTORS® were formed in advancement of inclusion in the real estate industry and promotion of equal housing opportunities and homeownership, and

Whereas housing discrimination diminishes and denies the right to own, use and transfer real estate. Fair housing issues related to schools, healthy communities, and economic opportunities continue to disproportionately impact underserved communities and the real estate professionals that serve them.

Be it resolved that the National Association of REALTORS® join the National Association of Real Estate Brokers, the Asian Real Estate Association of America, the National Association of Gay and Lesbian Real Estate Professionals, the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals, and the Women’s Council of REALTORS® to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, and

Be it resolved that the National Association of REALTORS® recognize and thank these organizations, their leaders, and countless individual real estate professionals for their persistent advocacy of fair housing and changes to the policy of National Association of REALTORS®, and

Be it resolved that the National Association of REALTORS® actively recommend and seek legislation to provide for equal housing opportunity based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and

Be it resolved that the National Association of REALTORS® work with multicultural real estate organizations, including at the state and local level, to examine the impact of school quality, healthy communities and economic opportunities on fair housing and how REALTORS® can better serve all communities without discrimination.

Matt Difanis

Matt is a multi-office broker/owner in Champaign, Illinois, home of the University of Illinois. He is a high producing team leader, a past President of the Champaign County Association of REALTORS®, the 2018 President of the Illinois REALTORS®, a past REALTOR® Magazine “30 Under 30” honoree, and a law school graduate. Matt is also a photography and videography junkie.

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