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.
NAR’s Fair Housing Action Plan, abbreviated ‘ACT,’ emphasizes (A)ccountability, (C)ulture Change, and (T)raining in order to ensure America’s 1.4 million REALTORS® are doing everything possible to protect housing rights in America. On November 18, 2020, NAR launched Fairhaven.realtor — an innovative online simulation training, where agents work against the clock to sell homes in the fictional town of Fairhaven, while confronting discrimination in the homebuying process. During the training, learners also walk in the shoes of a homebuyer facing discrimination. The training provides customized feedback that learners can apply to daily business interactions.
Also, print a copy of the REALTOR® Fair Housing Declaration and post it in your office and/or association.
Fair Housing Topics
NAR Library & Archives has already done the research for you. References (formerly Field Guides) offer links to articles, eBooks, websites, statistics, and more to provide a comprehensive overview of perspectives. EBSCO articles (E) are available only to NAR members and require the member's nar.realtor login.
Fair Housing Resources for REALTORS®
Real Estate Brokerage Essentials: The Fair Housing Chapter (National Association of REALTORS®)
That's Who We R: Fair Housing Assets (National Association of REALTORS®)
Expanding Housing Opportunities Course (National Association of REALTORS®)
2020 Fair Housing Month Toolkit (National Association of REALTORS® and REALTOR® Party, March 2020)
Guidance for Fair Housing Compliance During the COVID-19 Pandemic (National Association of REALTORS®, 2020)
How to Talk About Fair Housing and Diverse Homeownership (National Association of REALTORS®, May 2017)Fair Housing, Equal Opportunity for All Brochure (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 2011)
Fair Housing Marketing Outreach Tools [Available in several languages] (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development)
REALTOR® Fair Housing Declaration (National Association of REALTORS®)
What Everyone Should Know About Equal Opportunity in Housing Item 166-799 (REALTOR® Store)
NAR "At Home With Diversity" Course (National Association of REALTORS®)
Fair Housing Grants (REALTOR® Party)
Videos, Reports, Websites and Articles
HUD Proposes Easing Obama-Era Fair Housing Rule (Nationalmortgagenews.com, Jan. 7, 2020) E
Bias Override: Overcoming Barriers to Fair Housing (National Association of REALTORS® and Perception Institute, 2020)
Housing Discrimination Goes High Tech (Curbed, Dec. 17, 2019)
Defending Against Unprecedented Attacks on Fair Housing: 2019 Fair Housing Trends Report (National Fair Housing Alliance, 2019)
Estimating the Gap in Affordable and Available Rental Units for Families (Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, Apr. 2, 2019)
Video: The Basics of the Fair Housing Act (HUDchannel, Aug. 16, 2018)
Item 166-150D: NAR Fair Housing Video (REALTOR® Store)
eBooks & Other Resources
The following eBooks and digital audiobooks are available to NAR members:
Commemoration of the Fair Housing Act Collection (Kindle, eBook)
Housing Segregation in Suburban America Since 1960 (Kindle, eBook)
Making Housing More Affordable (Kindle, eBook)
The Color of Wealth (Kindle, eBook)
Books, Videos, Research Reports & More
The resources below are available for loan through Member Support. Up to three books, tapes, CDs and/or DVDs can be borrowed for 30 days from the Library for a nominal fee of $10. Call Member Support at 800-874-6500 for assistance.
The Fight for Fair Housing : Causes, Consequences, and Future Implications of the 1968 Federal Fair Housing Act (New York, NY: Routledge, 2018) HD7288.76.U5 F54 2018)
Moving Toward Integration : The Past and Future of Fair Housing (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2018) HD7288.76.U5 S27 2018
The One-Way Street of Integration Fair Housing and the Pursuit of Racial Justice in American Cities (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2018) HD7288.76.U5
The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America (New York, NY: Liveright Publishing Corporation, 2017) E185.61 .R8185 2017
COVID-19, Illegal Housing Discrimination, and Protections for People with Disabilities and Those Who Care for Them under the Fair Housing Act (National Fair Housing Alliance, Apr. 9, 2020)
COVID-19 and Fair Housing: Frequently Asked Questions (National Multifamily Housing Council, Apr. 6, 2020)
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