In the 1930s, it was not uncommon for realtors to use language describing areas as “marred by darkness” and filled with “an infiltration of unwanted racial elements” to dissuade white buyers from buying into properties. specific communities.
This language, led by the National Association of Real Estate Boards, has led to the development of tracking maps and discriminatory practices within the real estate industry that have contributed to de facto segregation across the United States, lowering home values. in black communities and contributing to community resource inequalities.
Today, the leadership of the National Association of Realtors, the largest business group representing real estate agents, issued a formal apology to black Americans and other non-whites who have experienced housing discrimination in the United States. . (NAR is the successor to the National Association of Real Estate Boards.)
The apology comes despite internal conflicts within the organization, which is 78% white, and which had already supported Donald Trump’s Make America Great Again campaign until 2019.
Yet as the socio-political climate in the United States is changing, leaders within the organization see the importance of confronting past discrimination and current inequalities head-on.
Bryan Greene, who worked for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development for 29 years, joined NAR in 2019. Green became the organization’s first director of fair housing policy in 2019 and is now vice president of NAR’s policy advocacy and oversees laws and regulations. advocacy initiatives.
With Greene, a black man, as a member of the executive leadership of the organization, it looks like change is happening in the organization.
Yet NAR recently had to pass a rule against hate speech as several members were caught making racist comments on social media. Additionally, NAR supports President Biden’s initiative to add three million black homeowners over the next 10 years.
Additionally, a faction of NAR members lobbied for changes within the organization, such as reduced commissions for non-white buyers and sellers.
âIt’s a tough story,â Greene said at a recent NAR event. âBut we took the leap. “
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