WASHINGTON – Jan. 11, 2018 – In 1967, many homebuyers signed a document at closing swearing they would never sell their new home to African Americans. But in 1968, the Fair Housing Act brought fairness to the real estate market and changed everything for a number of minority groups.
Realtors commemorate the50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Actthis year, noting that a number of specialized Realtor groups now exist that represent protected classes in the Act (as amended in 1988) to ban "discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, disability, family status, and national origin."
Realtor groups include:
The National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB)
The Women's Council of Realtors (WCR)
The National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP)
The Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA)
The National Association of Gay and Lesbian Real Estate Professionals (NAGLREP)
"Together we will raise awareness and create action as we examine community and fair housing issues," says Elizabeth Mendenhall, 2018 president of the National Association of Realtors®(NAR). "We will also advocate for changes to the Fair Housing Act to expand fair housing protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity. As stewards of the right to own, use and transfer private property, fair housing protects our livelihood and business as Realtors."
In addition to protecting U.S. citizens, the Fair Housing Act protects Realtors by guaranteeing a free and open market.