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Get Answers to COVID-19 Concerns Related to the Fair Housing Act
Wondering if COVID-19 qualifies as a disability under the Fair Housing Act? Can you ask consumers to answer questions about their health before working with them? Check out this guidance to help you answer questions on these issues.

COVID-19 presents a number of novel legal issues, including how members must navigate their fair housing duties during the pandemic. Given that COVID-19 may be disabling, in the short-term and long-term, and can even cause death, members wonder whether COVID-19 is a “disability” entitled to protection under the Fair Housing Act, despite the dangers its highly-contagious nature poses to others. Members also wonder whether they may ask individuals to complete a COVID-19 screening questionnaire prior to engaging in in-person operations with that individual. NAR recommends the following in response to those questions.. Read more...


Bias Override: Overcoming Barriers to Fair Housing (click on the picture below)

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 The mind science experts at the Perception Institute present an online workshop to help members avoid implicit bias in their daily business interactions. Drawing upon the latest evidence-based research, Perception explains how our brains’ automatic, instant association of stereotypes with particular groups can cause us to treat those who are different from us unfairly, despite our best intentions and often without our conscious awareness. Perception then applies these concepts to the everyday work of REALTORS®, and offers strategies to override bias in order to convey respect, ensure fairness, and improve business relationships.

Want to go deeper? Take the Implicit Bias test, and watch for future offerings from Perception and NAR.


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Taking Action to Make Your Business Anti-Racist
Brokers and association leaders mobilize to address racial injustices in communities around America.

June 15, 2020
by Erica Christoffer, Graham Wood

Is it the real estate community’s place to lead conversations about racism and inequality? The Kentucky REALTORS® organization recently pondered that question and decided that after association leaders received letters from members who expressed deep pain over the death of George Floyd, it had a responsibility to step forward.

Kentucky REALTORS® held a virtual town hall June 4 called “A Conversation on Race,” which centered around the experiences of Black members, the meaning of the racial justice movement Black Lives Matter, and questions from brokers interested in becoming more intentionally anti-racist.

“We asked ourselves if we were getting out of our lane,” says Kentucky REALTORS® President Lester Sanders, who is Black. “But if part of our REALTOR® family is hurting and we don’t say anything, then I don’t know that we’re the right leaders. We’re leaders in our communities, so how can we sit silent?” Read More...


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Although consumers are eager for physical home tours and open houses to resume, it’s important to know what COVID-19 restrictions remain in place in your state. In the latest video from NAR’s “Pivot in Place” series, Lesley Muchow, NAR’s deputy general counsel and vice president of legal affairs, discusses your legal duties to keep clients safe during the course of real estate transactions and best practices for mitigating your risk. Our article on how brokers are reopening responsibly and NAR’s workplace re-entry checklist are other great sources on this topic. In addition, NAR is working with two of the country’s leading experts in public opinion to bring you detailed guidance on meeting consumers’ expectations with regard to COVID-19.

Remember to keep fair housing in mind as you navigate the reopening of your business. For residential investment property owners and managers, NAR’s legal team is recommending accommodations for those who may be experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. And since we’re commemorating Homeownership Month, now is a good time not only to review all your obligations under the Fair Housing Act but also to push yourself toward a greater understanding of your own hidden biases. To that end, NAR has worked with the Perception Institute to create a new training video, “Bias Override: Overcoming Barriers to Fair Housing.” The video explains how our brains’ associations with stereotypes can cause us to treat people unfairly—even if we have good intentions. The latest issue of REALTOR® Magazine also includes guidance on avoiding implicit bias.


Window Into The Law FairHousing

The Fair Housing Act is more than do’s and don’ts, rights and penalties. Fair Housing protects your business as real estate professionals who depend on a free, open market with equal opportunity. In this video, get the tips and tools you need now to understand and comply with this important law.

We ecourage all of our members to watch N.A.R.'s Video, Window to the Law: Fair Housing Udate.

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