Groups align to close gaps in homeownership among Blacks

Upon hearing the speaker tell the audience Black brokers were banned from membership in the National Association of REALTORS® prior to 1961, one prominent broker and industry leader remarked, “This is the first time I heard NAR did not allow Black people. I am sorry and appalled.”

Speaking at a webinar presented by the Washington Realtors’ DEI (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion) Committee, broker Nicole Bascomb-Green discussed “democracy in housing,” the formation of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB), and various programs to break barriers to homeownership. She is president of NAREB’s local chapter.

Since its start in 1947, NAREB has grown to encompass more than two dozen chapters across the United States. It was created “out of a need to promote fair housing and equal opportunities for African American real estate professionals, consumers and communities.” Among its activities, NAREB works to advance equal rights, fair housing, equal opportunity, and community development legislation at the local, state, and federal levels. Read more HERE.

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