For Realtors®, Every Month is Fair Housing Month

Realtors®‘ ongoing commitment to remove housing discrimination and advance fair housing laws takes on added meaning in April during Fair Housing Month. This year marks the 41st anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, which establishes a policy of fair housing for all Americans.

“Realtors® build and sustain communities, and equal opportunity in housing for all Americans is a big part of that,” said National Association of Realtors® President Charles McMillan, a broker with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Dallas-Fort Worth. “For Realtors®, fair housing means opening the doors to homeownership for everyone in America whose goal it is to own a home, regardless of their background – and Realtors® across the country remain committed to doing just that.”

To help inform Realtors® and their clients about rights and responsibilities under fair housing laws, NAR provides a wealth of education, information and brochures. One example is the new FHA Toolkit, which helps educate consumers about finding the FHA-insured loans right for them.

Also in May, NAR will join five real estate diversity partners in sponsoring the HOPE Awards (Home Ownership Participation for Everyone). The awards showcase exceptional individuals and organizations that are working to increase minority homeownership.

By establishing partnerships with other allies and civil rights groups, NAR is helping to increase awareness about fair housing laws, explore current fair housing issues and develop solutions that promote inclusion and diversity in our communities, and bring Realtors® together with fair housing advocates and community leaders.

Keeping families in their homes is just as important to Realtors® as helping them into those homes, which is why NAR launched the Foreclosure Prevention and Response Program. The program helps state and local Realtor® associations strengthen efforts to combat foreclosures in their communities through counseling techniques, expertise in the handling of short sales and best practices for partnerships to help address the adverse impacts of foreclosures.

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