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NAGLREP – JEFF BERGER REALTOR & Founder Interview

ImageIt is been an exciting time for the LGBT Real Estate Community.  Founded in 2007 by REALTOR Jeff Berger, NAGLREP is a trade organization with a mission of advocacy and business.

NAGLREP is best known for assisting the LGBT and all communities locate  LGBT & Gay Friendly REALTORS and for their work in helping amend the National Association of REALTORS (NAR) Code of Ethics to include sexual orientation as a protected class.  Prior to sexual orientation being included to the NAR Code of Ethics in January 2011, sexual orientation in housing discrimination was more or less an unspoken topic within the REALTOR community. Prior to the change, if an LGBT person was discriminated against by a REALTOR for their sexual orientation there was no action taken because there were no rules to act upon at NAR. The most recent changes are bringing awareness to the topic and setting a new standard for fair housing and employment non discrimination. HUD soon after in 2011 announced similar policy including sexual orientation and gender identity non discrimination. Thankfully the number of complaints since the change has been limited but it is important to note that there have been recorded incidents of discrimination.

The NAR code of ethics includes both REALTOR to customer conduct and employment conduct. We have been asked why this matters so much and it is our belief that the change will have even a larger impact than fair housing. NAR is the largest trade organization in he United States with over 1 million members. NAGLREP feels the recent change will set a precedent when Congress looks at ENDA, the employment non discrimination act. Congress will clearly see NAR as an example of how other trade organizations and businesses administer policy.

NAGLREP also feels confident that gender identity will also be added to the NAR Code of Ethics by January 2014. NAGLREP introduced the proposal to NAR in 2011 and already the concern has received a unanimous vote in 2012 by the NAR Diversity Committee, NAR Professional Standards Committee, and the NAR Board of Directors. The next and final vote will be by the NAR Delegate Body this November 2013 during the NAR annual meetings in San Francisco.

Jeff Berger is soft spoken and says “Overnight success takes ten years.  NAGLREP just celebrated our 5th annual meeting and we look forward to the next 5 years and thereafter.”

Jeff Berger is a REALTOR with Keller Williams Realty serving East Boca Raton & East Delray Beach, FL, serves as the CEO of NAGLREP, is a member of the 2013 NAR Housing Opportunity Committee, and is a member of the 2013 Florida REALTORS Diversity Committee.  He can be reached via email berger.jeff@gmail.com and via phone 561-865-6117.

NAR votes YES to amend NAR Code of Ethics to include sexual orientation


11/8/10 – During the 2010 National Association of Realtors (NAR) annual meeting in New Orleans, NAR’s delegate body voted to amend the NAR Code of Ethics to include sexual orientation as a protected class. The proposal was originally brought forward by the National Association of Gay & Lesbian Real Estate Professionals (NAGLREP), and the Wisconsin Realtor Association. The historic change passed with 93% of NAR’s delegate body in favor of the amendment.
A protected class had not been added to the NAR Code of Ethics since 1998, and it is the first time NAR has recognized in their code a protected class before the federal government has.  In 1988 federal fair housing law changed to include people with handicaps and families with children and the NAR Code was amended to match the federal law.
After the vote, NAGLREP founder Jeff Berger talked with the 2010 NAR President Vicki Cox Golder.   Jeff says ” Mrs. Vicki Cox Golder has been so supportive of the effort, is a wonderful woman, and she left behind an amazing legacy.  Congratulations to her!”
For a brief background leading to the historic vote, see

Here is the amended language of Article 10
(additions are underlined):

REALTORS® shall not deny equal professional services to any person for reasons of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin
, or sexual orientation.
 

REALTORS® shall not be parties to any plan or agreement to discriminate against a person or persons on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin, or sexual orientation.

REALTORS®, in their real estate employment practices, shall not discriminate against any person or persons on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin, or sexual orientation.

A related recommendation amending Standard of Practice 10-3 was approved as well:

REALTORS® shall not print, display or circulate any statement or advertisement with respect to selling or renting of a property that indicates any preference, limitations or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin, or sexual orientation.

Gay Realtor Advocacy Call For Action – NAR Code of Ethics/Sexual Orientation Amendment

On November 8th during the NAR annual meetings in New Orleans, NAR’s delegate body will make the final vote on the National Association of Gay & Lesbian Real Estate Professionals (NAGLREP) proposal along with the Wisconsin Realtor Association to amend the NAR Code of Ethics to include sexual orientation as a protected class.  As we know, the proposal has already been unanimously approved by NAR’s Professional Standards Committee, and the amendment has also been approved by NAR’s Board of Directors.
For a quick refresh of the topic, see  http://www.realtor.org/government_affairs/diversity/coe_amend_2010
NAGLREP Board of Directors recently convened via conference call, and our final plan for the best results for the delegate vote is as follows:
We are requesting all NAGLREP members and their Gay & Gay Friendly Realtor friends contact their local and state REALTOR Association Presidents and find out if they will be participating in the delegate vote during the NAR Convention in New Orleans, as it is one of the last Convention events on Monday November 8, and not everyone stays for it. If they are attending and if you are comfortable reaching out to this individual and believe he/she will be receptive, let him/her know you support the Article 10 amendment, express why, and request they vote positively on November 8th in New Orleans. If they do not intend to stay, the Association can authorize another Association member to vote for the Association.
Once you have contacted your local and state Realtor Association President, please email us via naglrep@gmail.com their name, telephone number, and a brief summary of your contact.  It is important for us to know who has been contacted.
Here is a map of states that already include sexual orientation and both sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes.  If you are located in a state referenced on this map, a strong speaking point will be to reference the fact http://www.thetaskforce.org/downloads/reports/issue_maps/non_discrimination_7_09_color.pdf
Other talking points are:

Why local and state REALTOR® Associations should support the Article 10 amendment:
1. REALTORS® hold themselves to higher professional standards. The Code of Ethics represents a “criterion of excellence.” If we hold ourselves to the highest level of professional conduct we should not tolerate discrimination against any person seeking our assistance as they look for a place to live.

2. It is good business. It benefits REALTORS® to provide fair and equal real estate services to everyone because we increase our number of transactions and enhance the success of our brokerage companies. Can we afford to exclude anybody?

3. NAR, as the national voice of real estate, should lead the way in opposing discrimination based upon sexual orientation.

4. As REALTORS® we have the fiduciary responsibility to our clients and customers to provide the highest quality of professional service and that doesn’t happen when REALTORS® close doors or exclude anyone as a potential buyer, renter or seller.

5. It is time for REALTORS® to stand up and say it is unethical to discriminate based on sexual orientation.

You may forward this link to other LGBT and gay friendly Realtors who are friends of ours asking for their support in completing the same task.
We look forward to hearing from you soon.  If you should have any questions, please email or call us at 561-865-6117.  NAGLREP is located in Delray Beach, FL on EST.

GREEN Eco-Friendly Modular Homes by NAGLREP member Dianne Vernon

Extreme Makeover Home Edition

Custom Modular 05/24/10

Modular homes have been highlighted on HGTV, New Old House, The Washington Post, The History Channel, and many more.  Last Sunday one of our primary suppliers, Palm Harbor Homes, was featured on the hit network TV show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’s 2010 Season Finale.  This is the first time that a modular home has ever been featured on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

The house is built by Palm Harbor Homes / Nationwide Homes, the parent company of Discovery Custom Homes which we feature on our web-site.

Cutting Edge Homes has supported this project as much as we were able since before the show was filmed.  We made an initial donation to help pay for appliances in the Williams home and a second donation that contributed to paying off the entire debt that the Williams family had on their demolished old home.

The home is made of 12 modules trucked to the home site and crane-lifted into position. It has 4,151 sf under roof, and 3,700 square feet of heated area. This home is Certified Gold under the National Green Building (NAHB) program and is ADA compliant to accommodate the father who suffers from ALS/Lou Gehrig’s Disease and the son who is a paraplegic from Spina Bifida.

A full solar energy array was donated by Atlantic Service and Supply to help keep cost of living down after the move-in. The time required to set the home and weather it in, was one full day.

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition aired on Sunday night at 8:00 PM on ABC.

If you have a family member, a friend, or real estate agent who thinks that a modular home is the same as a manufactured home, make sure they watch the show…those misconceptions are about to be shattered forever!!!

Here are several other articles about modular homes that we hope you will find interesting:

You can read the Bob Villa article titled Modular Homes Make Sense

by clicking this link.

The HGTV Pro article titled Building Off-Site can be read here.

Jennifer Openshaw is a noted columnist, financial adviser, and author, she has also noted the value of modular in her article titled Factory Direct To You which is an excellent read.

The Washington Post article titled Mansions Go Modular addresses the higher-end of the market.

After reading these articles, please email us and let us know if they have been helpful to you.

Additionally, we are very interested in hearing what you think of the show.  After you see the beautiful Williams house installed on TV, please take a few minutes to let us know your thoughts by emailing us at info@cuttingedgehomes.net

Feel free to call or email to get your questions answered.

Thanks, I look forward to your call.

Dianne Vernon

Cutting Edge Homes Inc.

1-877-630-7732

Diannevernon@sbcglobal.net

P.S.  Here is a sneak preview of the pictures from the construction of the Williams family home, and you can also see the Williams Family floor plan.

NAR votes unanimously on proposal to amend NAR Code of Ethics to include sexual orientation

May 15, 2010 – The National Association of Realtors (NAR) Professional Standards Committee convened 5/13/10 during the NAR midyear meetings in Washington, DC and voted unanimously on a proposal to amend the NAR Code of Ethics to include sexual orientation as a protected class. The unanimous vote was followed by joyous applause. As of 5/15, the motion has been approved by NAR’s Board of Directors, and will go before NAR’s delegate body during their annual meeting this November 2010 in New Orleans for final review. If final review is passed, the change in code will take effect January 1, 2011.

The National Association of Gay and Lesbian Real Estate Professionals (NAGLREP) works closely with NAR’s Equal Opportunity – Cultural Diversity Committee (EOC), and originally brought the idea for amendment forward in March of 2009 via NAGLREP CEO Jeff Berger and Director Eric Kodner. Kodner serves as a 2010 Director of NAR’s EOC, and also serves the Wisconsin Realtor Association’s (WRA) Madison EOC. Kodner suggested the amendment during the WRA’s Madison EOC March 2009 meeting. We are very thankful to WRA members Eric kodner, lead counsel Debbi Conrad, Kevin King, Char Glocke and the entire WRA who worked so hard to prepare and present the WRA’s proposal before NAR.

You may view a video of the Professional Standards historic vote here
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeFblqnItvg

MP3 of OutImpact.com Teleseminar Featuring NAGLREP

If you were unable to attend last nights teleseminar by OutImpact.com featuring the National Association of Gay & Lesbian Real Estate Professionals , please click here to listen to the MP3 of the event.   We are very thankful to Bambi Weavil of OutImpact.com for supporting our cause.

Thank you,
NAGLREP

NAR EOC Forms Subcommittee to Focus on LGBT Issues

The National Association of Gay & Lesbian Real Estate Professionals is proud to announce The National Association of Realtors (NAR) Equal Opportunity – Cultural Diversity Committee (EOC) has formed a subcommittee to focus on LGBT issues.  This is a very exciting time as LGBT issues have never before formally been on the agenda of NAR.  NAGLREP has been working closely with NAR’s EOC committee, and NAGLREP director Eric Kodner has been a driving force of our mission.

Eric Kodner serves as a board member of NAR’s EOC committee, was influential in the formation of the subcommittee, and will attend a conference call for the subcommittee’s first meeting early next week.   The subcommittee will also meet in 3 weeks during the NAR midyear meetings in Washington, DC May 11-15.  If you would like to propose any topics for the subcommittee’s future agenda, please email naglrep@gmail.com

Thank you