Asian American Real Estate Association of America
At Home with Diversity Certification
Fair Housing Training Simulation
National Association of Gay & Lesbian Real Estate Professionals
National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals
National Association of Real Estate Brokers
Fair housing is more than a list of dos and don’ts, rights and penalties, and mandatory continuing education. As stewards of the right to own, use and transfer private property, fair housing protects our livelihood and business as REALTORS® and depends on a free, open market that embraces equal opportunity.
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 in their search for real property.
In November 2020, NAR launched Fairhaven a new fair housing simulation training for REALTORS® that uses the power of storytelling to help members identify, prevent, and address discriminatory practices in real estate. Inspired by real stories, this innovative online experience has agents work against the clock to sell homes in the fictional town of Fairhaven, while confronting discrimination in the homebuying process. Learners will also walk in the shoes of a homebuyer facing discrimination. The training provides customized feedback that learners can apply to daily business interactions.
This innovative training platform is available to all 1.4 million NAR members at no additional cost. Be an advocate for fair housing and the future of our industry. Commit to combating discrimination in real estate.
Get started by visiting fairhaven.realtor to explore the fictional town of Fairhaven and assess how well you are adhering to fair housing principles.
To truly serve our clients to the best of our abilities, we need to have an understanding of our diverse communities’ characteristics and cultures. To assume that there are not differences, or that the differences do not matter, is to assume that we all come from similar backgrounds, have had similar experiences and have been afforded similar opportunities. This is simply not the case. People of color and members of the LGBTQ community face challenges that the rest of us do not. It is an irrefutable fact. To ignore that fact is to discount and disrespect their experiences, as well as to fail in our service to them. Giving members of our diverse communities a voice in our organizations can help us to address areas where our industry is struggling to meet the needs of these clients, as well as our agents.
As REALTORS®, we pledge “to protect the individual right of real estate ownership and widen the opportunity to enjoy it.” We cannot do that if we are unaware of what the barriers to real estate ownership are for our diverse communities, and we cannot widen the opportunity if we cannot break down these barriers. We cannot have equity of opportunity if we do not have diversity in our membership and include those diverse voices in our conversations around the table.