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Fair Housing & Diversity

NSBAR opposes discrimination in housing based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status sexual orientation, gender identity, and national origin.

Our policy is enshrined in the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Code of Ethics.​​​​​​​

 

 

Be an advocate for fair & equitable housing all year round.

The more you understand and advocate for fair and equitable housing, the better you can serve your clients, your business, and the overall housing market.  There are a number of resources and programs to help you advance fair housing all year. ​​​​​​

 

Test your fair housing knowledge in Fairhaven

Fairhaven is an immersive simulation that empowers you to identify, prevent & address discriminatory practices in real estate — plus enables you to test your knowledge and compliance with fair housing principles, through a variety of scenarios inspired by real life cases.  https://FairHaven.Realtor

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Learn to recognize & correct your own implicit bias

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Even with the best of intentions, you may unconsciously associate stereotypes to different groups or have implicit biases you aren’t aware of that can affect how you deal with your clients & colleagues.  Explore NAR’s “Bias Override: Overcoming Barriers to Fair Housing,” video which reviews various scenarios. ​​​​​​​bit.ly/NAR_BiasOverride

 

Earn your At Home with Diversity® Certification

Take this one-day certification course to learn more about working in the diverse, multicultural U.S. real estate market. You’ll explore diversity sensitivity, review subtleties in fair housing laws, gain insights into cultural differences and get tools for expanding your business with international clientele.  bit.ly/AtHome WithDiversity

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Just Housing​​​​​​​

On April 25, 2019, the Cook County Board of Commissioners passed an amendment (Ord. No. 19-2394) to § 42-38 of the Cook County Human Rights Ordinance to:

  1. Prohibit housing discrimination based on an individual’s covered criminal history; and

  2. Require landlords to perform an individualized assessment of an otherwise qualified individual’s criminal conviction history prior to denying them an application for housing.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Click Here to Learn More
NSBAR Just Housing Rental Process Checklist - Sample

 

​​​​​Diversity & Inclusion Initiative

Through its Diversity & Inclusion Initiative – Illinois REALTORS® empowers real estate firms and offices to apply for grants to bring in experienced diversity trainers. The initiative also increases the number of Illinois Minority Real Estate Scholarships to encourage more minority students to pursue a career in real estate. www.IllinoisRealtors.org/Diversity