Overview

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. Also, print a copy of the REALTOR® Fair Housing Declaration and post it in your office and/or association.

References

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® 

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)

Fair Housing Program (National Association of REALTORS®)

REALTOR® Fair Housing Declaration (National Association of REALTORS®)

NAR Fair Housing Resources (National Association of REALTORS®)

Item 166-799: What Everyone Should Know About Equal Opportunity in Housing (REALTOR® Store)

NAR "At Home With Diversity" Course (National Association of REALTORS®)

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

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The following eBooks and digital audiobooks are available to NAR members:

Commemoration of the Fair Housing Act Collection (Kindle, eBook)

From Foreclosure to Fair Lending, Advocacy, Organizing, Occupy, and the Pursuit of Equitable Credit (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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The inclusion of links on this page does not imply endorsement by the National Association of REALTORS®. NAR makes no representations about whether the content of any external sites which may be linked in this page complies with state or federal laws or regulations or with applicable NAR policies. These links are provided for your convenience only and you rely on them at your own risk.

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Legal Affairs Publications on Fair Housing

Fair Housing Corner

Tips and information to provide equal professional services for all, in compliance with the Fair Housing Act.

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NAR Fair Housing Publications

Fair Housing Sales: Pocket Guide-Download

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Fair Housing Rental: Pocket Guide

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Fair Housing Handbook - Fifth Edition (Digital Download)

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What Everyone Should Know About Equal Opportunity in Housing Brochure

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That's Who We R

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