Join us in taking the Fair Housing Pledge to declare your commitment to protecting the rights of your clients and acknowledging the role REALTORS play in unlocking doors to home ownership in our communities.
2021 Fair Housing Declaration
As a REALTOR, I hereby agree to:
- Provide equal professional service without regard to the race, color, religion, gender(sex), disability (handicap), familial status, national origin, sexual orientation or gender identity of any prospective client, customer, or of the residents of any community.
- Keep informed about fair housing law and practices, improving my clients' and customers' opportunities and my business.
- Develop advertising that indicates that everyone is welcome and no one is excluded;,expanding my client's and customer's opportunities to see, buy, or lease property.
- Inform my clients and customers about their rights and responsibilities under the fair housing laws by providing brochures and other information.
- Document my efforts to provide professional service, which will assist me in becoming a more responsive and successful REALTOR®.
- Refuse to tolerate non-compliance.
- Learn about those who are different from me, and celebrate those differences.
- Take a positive approach to fair housing practices and aspire to follow the spirit as well as the letter of the law.
- Develop and implement fair housing practices for my firm to carry out the spirit of this declaration.
First REALTOR State-Wide Book Club Kicks Off Fair Housing Month
The Mid-Illinois REALTORS Association, in partnership with Heartland REALTOR Organization and REALTOR Association of Southwestern Illinois, participated in a first of it's kind, state wide book club this spring reading "The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America." This book, written by Richard Rothstein, gives fascinating insight to how segregation in America is the byproduct of explicit government policies at the local, state, and federal levels.
To wrap up the book club, readers across the state gathered on Zoom April 1st to kick off Fair Housing Month and discuss the book with the author, Richard Rothstein, himself.
If you experience or witness discrimination in real estate, we urge you to report it. Visit https://www.hud.gov/fairhousing to file a complaint.