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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.

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

Gay Real Estate / GLBT Discrimination in Housing Study

The gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) community has long been a topic of interest when discussing equal housing opportunity.  Gay Realtors of the National Association of Gay & Lesbian Real Estate Professionals, NAGLREP provide a sensitive understanding of the specific needs of GLBT home buyers, sellers, and renters.   As gay realtors, and gay friendly realtors, NAGLREP members pride ourselves in working with the GLBT community, but not all realtors share the same feelings. GLBT  housing discrimination exists, and we are determined to change equal housing opportunity laws within both the National Association of Realtors (NAR) policy, and Federal Fair Housing Laws.

NAGLREP members see a wind of change for GLBT rights sweeping through the real estate community.  Most notably is the policy change in November 2009 by NAR to add sexual orientation as a protected class to NAR’s policy on equal housing opportunity.

On 3/14/10, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released a new webpage for their study on housing discrimination against the GLBT community relating to the sale and rental of housing.  NAGLREP founder Jeff Berger corresponded last week with HUD’s Assistant Secretary Raphael Bostick, the leader of the HUD study.  Mr. Bostic described the GLBT housing discrimination study as a four year study with four phases, the first to be completed by the summer of 2011 with data released.  NAGLREP was also invited to reach out to HUD to describe the most often types of discrimination encountered by our members.

HUD is also seeking feedback on ideas to better their study.  If you would like to contribute suggestions to  HUD’s study, please visit their page http://portal.hud.gov/portal/page/portal/HUD/LGBT_Discrimination_Study