Realtors Association Bans Gender Identity Discrimination

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently announced changes to its mandatory ethical code to prohibit discrimination based on gender identity. The organization had previously added sexual harassment to its mandatory ethical standards in 2011.

“Today Realtors® have demonstrated their all-inclusive support of ensuring fair housing opportunities by adding gender identity to their Code of Ethics. As we celebrate 100 years of the Realtor® Code of Ethics, this decision is a fitting example of the Code as a living, dynamic set of principles that define the professionalism that Realtors® bring to the real estate transaction,” NAR President Steve Brown said in a statement.

“NAR’s Board of Directors has also approved amending the Statement of Policy on Fair Housing, affirming that the right to rent or purchase shelter of choice should not be abridged because of sexual orientation or gender identity,” Brown said.

Brown explained that Realtors® subscribe to NAR’s strict Code of Ethics as a condition of membership. “I am proud to assume the presidency of an organization that provides such leadership in the area of professionalism and ethics,” he said.

Source: The National Association of Realtors®