REALTOR® Party News

REALTOR Party News – June 2020

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Creating Home, Mending Communities

These last few months have redefined the terms home and community. Our homes aren’t just homes anymore, and our communities have become our life line during these challenging times. Unfortunately, some of our communities have been damaged outside of the peaceful racial equity demonstrations. We are committed to honoring homeownership and leading the way on policies that address racial injustice and that build safe and inclusive communities where people of color feel safe to pursue the American Dream. With a new implicit bias training curriculum#CreatingHome campaign, and grant for REALTOR® associations, this is a small part of building a future that begins with equal access to housing and opportunity for all.
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By the Numbers

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Percent of LGBTQ adults what are homeowners, compared with nearly 65% of heterosexuals. The lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community is less likely to be homeowners according to a newly released report from the National Association of Gay & Lesbian Real Estate Professionals and Freddie Mac. While gaining more acceptance on some legal fronts, members of the LGBTQ community continue to report high levels of fear over discrimination in housing.
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Number of times greater a homeowner’s median net worth is compared to the median net worth of a renter. Investing in a home creates an opportunity to increase personal wealth and equity over time. This is just one of the many advantages of #CreatingHome that can be found on the Homeownership Matters website throughout Homeownership Month.
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Number of provisions NAR highlighted in a letter sent to the White House, urging further relief for REALTORS® during this pandemic. NAR continues to work with the Administration and Congress on common sense solutions that provide relief during these unprecedented times.
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Length of the NAR and the Perception Institute’s online workshop to help REALTORS® avoid implicit bias in their daily business interactions. Drawing upon the latest evidence-based research, the Institute explains how our brains’ association of stereotypes with particular groups can cause us to treat those who are different from us unfairly, despite our best efforts. 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.
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The REALTOR® Party At Work

Highlighted here are a few of the many REALTOR® Party success stories across the nation. These and others are cataloged in the Success Stories section on REALTORParty.realtor.

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Pennsylvania REALTORS® Lobby Governor to Resume Responsible In-Person Real Estate Business

Across Pennsylvania, the pandemic shut-down was leaving housing consumers in dire straits, and real estate professionals unable to provide any in-person service. With 48 other states allowing at least some form of in-person real-estate business during the lockdown, the Pennsylvania Association of REALTORS® worked tirelessly to convince a reluctant governor that housing is essential business.
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Frederick County REALTORS® Maintain Its Focus on Fair Housing

Undaunted by the forced cancellation of its annual Fair Housing Conference, the Frederick County Association of REALTORS® moved the message online in a colorful upbeat video highlighting the results of a Fair Housing Art Contest, complete with a mayoral proclamation.
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Michigan REALTORS® Voice the Need for a Safe Return to Face-to-Face Business

As 48 of the nation’s states were beginning to allow the cautious practice of certain forms of in-person real estate services, Michigan REALTORS® were looking forward to their own return to working face-to-face with clients. They responded in record numbers to a call for action, presenting their united professional opinion to the governor – who responded favorably.
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Resources & Opportunities

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Celebrating A New Era of #CreatingHome Throughout June

June is Homeownership Month and we’re celebrating people who are #CreatingHome. Join us as we celebrate the new era of homeownership and recognize the people, policies, and programs that are #CreatingHome now and into the future!
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New Coronavirus Consumer Guides Available in English and Spanish

Download and customize the Protect Your Investment and Protect You Credit brochures with your clients. These resources will help homeowners who are facing financial challenges due to the Coronavirus pandemic and offer advice when working with trusted professionals like REALTORS® and financial counselors.
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On Common Ground: Reinventing How Communities Work in the Age of COVID-19

REALTORS® stand ready to play a pivotal role in helping communities rebuild and recover as states and localities work towards getting to a new normal after the COVID-19 pandemic. In this special issue of On Common Ground, take a deeper dive into the evolution of homeownership post-pandemic; what nonprofits and local governments are doing to help preserve homeownership; and how local governments are re-tooling public spaces to accommodate social distancing.
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Stay up to Date with NAR’s Coronavirus Resources & Information

NAR is providing guidance to help REALTORS® respond to COVID-19 – commonly referred to as coronavirus – and its impact on the real estate industry and real estate transactions. Any updates from NAR and its response to the coronavirus emergency will be collected on nar.realtor/coronavirus.
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Take Advantage of the Right Tools, Right Now

In this uncertain time, NAR is re-activating the Right Tools, Right Now program to make a sweeping selection of resources available for free or at reduced cost. Find offerings on finance, technology, skills building toolkits and more to help your business.
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