In the summer of 2019, NAR established a new Fair Housing Policy Committee to advocate more effectively on national fair housing policy. NAR also hired Bryan Greene as its Director of Fair Housing Policy, now the Vice President of Policy Advocacy. Bryan Greene served at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for 29 years, where he was the top career official overseeing enforcement of the federal Fair Housing Act.
In the fall of 2019, the New York Newsday investigation, Long Island Divided, was published underscoring the need for NAR to further ramp up and reinvigorate its fair housing commitment.
In January of 2020, the leadership of the National Association of REALTORS® met in Washington and unanimously passed the Fair Housing Action Plan (ACT!), which distinguishes NAR as a national industry leader on fair housing.
In the first year of ACT!, NAR launched Fairhaven, a fair housing simulation; Bias Override, a new implicit bias classroom course; established NAR’s voluntary self-testing program for brokerages; conducted analysis on state licensure law fair housing requirements; and created the REALTOR® Fair Housing Champion Award.