Fair Housing

NAR provides a number of resources to keep associations up to date on the latest fair housing information for REALTORS®.  Educating and protecting the real estate professional on the best way to serve clients, without regard to race, creed, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or nationality is a key goal of NAR’s and benefits every agent’s bottom line.

Below are some of the ways state and local associations can help their members learn more about fair housing.

Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act

Fair Housing Make U.S. StrongerNAR’s yearlong commemoration of the 50th  Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act will provide you with information about how this important law enhances your business. You will also have opportunities to advocate for changes to expand protections. As stewards of the right to own, use and transfer private property your livelihood and business as REALTORS® depends on a free, open market that embraces equal opportunity. We encourage you to join NAR in this commitment. Visit www.FairHousing.realtor to learn more getting involved.

 

 

Fair Housing Programs and Resources

Fair Housing Month & Poster

Celebrated each April to commemorate the landmark 1968 Fair Housing Act in which U.S. law was established that prohibited discrimination in housing. See more about Fair Housing Month activities and programs that you can implement at your association.

Annually, NAR creates a poster that state and local real estate associations may print, use or distribute to promote the REALTOR® commitment to Fair Housing.  You are authorized to print and distribute the Fair Housing Month Poster.  It can be printed 22 x 17, 14 x 11, or 11 x 8.5.

Show you support equal opportunity in housing by displaying this declaration of following fair housing laws and your commitment to provide professional service with the REALTOR® Fair Housing Declaration.

Fair Housing Poster Contest

Each year state and local REALTOR® Associations sponsor fair housing poster contests with local elementary schools. These contests generally include a specific theme for the year (e.g., Fair Housing for All, Open Hearts – Open Neighborhoods, A Home for Everyone) and incorporate the ideas of the 1968 Fair Housing Act. Upon closing of the contest, volunteer/guest judges are brought in to determine a winner. A winner may receive a prize, or a variety of winners may be chosen to go into the following year’s calendar that is produced by the board and distributed to members, customers, and local businesses. You may even offset your costs by obtaining local business sponsors for the event and/or calendar.

The At Home with Diversity® Course

A terrific option for fair housing training, this NAR certificate course contains a major focus on fair housing and discusses the subtleties agents should be aware of when dealing with fair housing issues. In addition to receiving an NAR certificate, attendees can also earn credit toward the CIPS, CRS, and PMN designations. Fair housing continuing education credit is available in many states.  Learn more.

Additional Resources

What Everyone Should Know About Equal Opportunity in Housing
A broad overview of fair housing as it relates to REALTORS® and their clients.

Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance Kit

Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP)

 

Questions? Contact Wendy Penn at 202-383-7504 or Fred Underwood at 202-383-1132.