Reflections on a Historic Moment in REALTOR® History

It is hard to put in words, the feeling one gets when you see a historic title abstract blatantly states that Jews, Blacks, Catholics, and other so-called ‘undesirables’ cannot legally purchase a home in a particular neighborhood. This is especially true when you happen to be the REALTOR® facilitating the sale and ALSO occupy at least one of the excluded categories.

The year was 1996. I sat at my desk, staring at a title commitment for a pending transaction where someone had forgotten to black out (the illegal portion) of the title abstract for a recent pending sale. I stared at the document wondering how many other homes I had inadvertently sold and had no idea about the covenants that lay underneath the land.

It is now two decades later. A lot has changed, and fortunately, I never encountered such a blatant example again, but I am not naive in recognizing that the legacy of racism has had many disastrous consequences for individuals and communities in our nation.

For me, the historic resolution this week during the Legislative Meetings for the National Association of REALTORS® acknowledging the role that REALTOR® associations have played in dividing and denying people the right to housing because of who they are was a poignant reminder that we are stronger together. And that change is possible.

Click the link to read the blog post by Featured Attendee, Matt Difanis and the text of the formal resolution from the National Association of REALTORS®.

Lola Audu

Lola is a first generation American. During the past 20 years as a REALTOR® and broker, she has had the pleasure of providing professional guidance during real estate transactions for people from all over the globe. Growing up in West Africa and having the opportunity to immigrate to America and travel in Europe created a global perspective to life and business. As the REALTOR® brand expands across the globe and now encompasses 60 nations, Lola’s interest in fostering inter-cultural dialog has facilitated the creation of innovative coursework to assist REALTORS® in engagement across multiple cultural contexts. Lola designs and teaches workshops and continuing education classes in cultural intelligence, fair housing and leadership innovation through crisis.

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