What it Means to be an Ethical Real Estate Agent

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By Lee Davenport, PhD

Should the public trust the real estate industry?

As quiet as it’s kept, salespeople of any industry can get the nickname of “sleazy” or  “swindler” because that is not just the name of a Netflix show (for those of you that have seen the Tinder Swindler).

For some of us, just hearing the words “Used Car …

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A Look at the Realities of Fair Housing

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By: Kayla Johnson

In April, we commemorate the Fair Housing Act of 1968. It’s imperative that we understand the history of decisions that still affect generations and those within the communities that we serve as real estate professionals. It’s also important that we understand and are aware of our own unconscious bias, which can be an eye-opening experience. Only then …

How to be a Fair Housing decoder

Uncovering Bias to Interrupt Fair Housing Inequities

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By Lee Davenport

Have you noticed from shows like “The Tinder Swindler,” “Dateline,” “Snapped,” and the ID channel that abiding by the law is not automatic or even intuitive for everyone?

It’s April, but our mommas did not raise any fools—we understand that this very important factoid impacts all aspects of life.

Real talk: just because laws are in place …

New and Improved Year, New and Improved Appraisals

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By Lee Davenport

Happy 2022, real estate friends!

January is the perfect time to challenge yourself to see, stretch and grow your business.

Coach’s Challenge

This year I want to challenge everyone to identify and partner with real estate lenders and appraisers who actively use robust policies to prevent appraisal bias; and, in instances when appraisal bias may be discovered, …

Unfair Housing and the Part Left Out of Nursery Rhymes

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By Lee Davenport

A recent report by the National Fair Housing Alliance shows there were more than 28,000 fair housing complaints filed just last year. I repeat, there were TENS of THOUSANDS of fair housing complaints in the last year alone!

Those numbers indicate that despite fair housing being the law of the land, we have a long way to …

A Tool for Handling Multiple Offers in a Hot Seller’s Market

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By Lee Davenport

According to a recent REALTOR® Magazine article, “buyer and seller agents need to handle multiple-offer situations carefully to avoid accusations of negligence or preferential treatment that violates federal, state, or local fair housing laws or ordinances.”

Un-fair housing doesn’t just hurt home buyers and sellers, it hurts all of us.⁣⁣ If you as a real estate professional …

Make Fair Housing Your Superpower

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By Lee Davenport

April is Fair Housing Month, but fair housing is important all year long. People who face denial of fair housing need our concerted efforts 365/24/7. Frankly, fair housing needs to be real estate professionals’ superpower.

Yet, as I speak to brokers and agents throughout the United States, I hear that many are at a loss for how …

Are You Ready to Start 2021 as a J.E.D.I. Defender?

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By Lee Davenport

If 2020 has inspired you to promote fair housing for all, but you don’t know where to begin, then join the J.E.D.I. (Justice + Equity + Diversity + Inclusion) Defender Challenge to kickstart 2021.

Learn more about being a fair housing J.E.D.I. Defender in my post, “Take the 4-Week J.E.D.I. Challenge to Promote the American Dream of …

Take the 4-Week J.E.D.I. Challenge to Promote the American Dream of Fair Homeownership

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By Lee Davenport

“There is no other organization that can end residential segregation like your organization,” Eddie S. Glaude Jr. told REALTORS® during the 2020 Leadership Summit. “We may work in integrated places, but in the intimate spaces, we don’t know each other. We are walking mysteries to one another, and that has everything to do …

Take the Implicit Bias Test

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The National Association of REALTORS® has partnered with the Perception Institute to create a new 50-minute video called “Bias Override: Overcoming Barriers to Fair Housing,” which aims to help real estate professionals address unconscious prejudices and stereotypes in their daily business interactions. “Fair housing, equality, and inclusion are among NAR’s most cherished values,” says NAR President Vince Malta. “REALTORS® follow …