help us amend the NAR code of Ethics to include Sexual Orientation

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Services for Real Estate Pros with National Association of Gay & Lesbian Real Estate Profession

The National Association of Gay & Lesbian Real Estate Professionals, naglrep.com has set a goal for 2009 to revise the NAR Code of Ethics to include sexual orientation as a protected class.  We are presently working with NAR lead counsel about the issue.  NAR counsel has a open mind about hearing our concerns for an addendum.  Please note... In the past this issue has been before NAR and was not approved.
 
NAR counsel has replied:  If there are widespread findings of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, and documentation of such occurrences can be provided, the Committee leadership might want to consider placing this matter before the Committees again.
 
So here we are... NAR has suggested a minimum of 10 cases/articles/documentations are necessary to open this window.  We ask that you please take the time to gather any documentation of cases/articles/documentations of realtor discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.  Keep in mind the cases/articles/documentations must involve Realtors who have discriminated or been a part of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation (since the Code of Ethics is a personal code of conduct for Realtors only). 
 
It is not every day we see these cases in the media, but we as glbt individuals are closer to the concern. For example, a discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation may have happened and there is no record with NAR because it is not sanctionable. Personal signed letters of any experiences you may have encountered are acceptable.
 
This is not being viewed as a civil rights issue, and this is a very specific request by NAR counsel.  There is no different angle available to us at the present time. 
 
Please take time to email me via naglrep@gmail.com with cases, articles, or personal letters of documentation. Non NAGLREP members are welcome to assist us.  If you know a glbt agent who can help in this effort please forward this information.  See an example that does include a realtor from earlier in the year 2008 in which NAGLREP was interviewed  http://www.dallasvoice.com/artman/publish/article_8852.php
 
Thank you,
Jeff Berger
naglrep.com

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Eric Kodner
Madeline Island Realty - La Pointe, WI
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Jeff, I'm glad you posted this!  I hope ActiveRain members will take the time to read this and contribute whatever information they can.

Mar 20, 2009 10:54 PM #1
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Allen Kavanaugh
VIP Realty Group, Inc - Fort Myers, FL
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Jeff, This is GREAT.. Thank you for keeping us informed

Mar 30, 2009 04:38 PM #2
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Scott Rhinehart
Altus Realty Solutions - Mission Viejo, CA
CRS, SFR, SRES, CHS

Jeff, as always, you are out on point for us all!  Thanks.

May 13, 2009 06:31 PM #3
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Jeff Berger

Scott, Always doing the best we can.  We received an education this week from DC.  I am not in DC, but a handful of members are.  Moving forward, NAGLREP members must do our best to join local and national NAR committees, etc if we want to be heard. You understand NAR well.. Agendas are set by committees.. If it's not on the agenda, it's not discussed.. No committee, No voice.. No exception. This will be the focus of our meeting in San Diego this November. 

p.s. I know of a handful of members that are presntly on committees, and will send a email out soon to all members asking if, and what committees they are on.  We must inventory our strenghts. 

May 13, 2009 06:54 PM #4
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Scott Rhinehart
Altus Realty Solutions - Mission Viejo, CA
CRS, SFR, SRES, CHS

Jeff, let me know what I can do on the West Coast.  I think I have a few minutes between my BOYCOTT CONDI activities and my making a few bucks in real estate.  Change doesn't take a bus...it pushes the bus out of the way!

May 13, 2009 07:46 PM #5
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Jeff Berger
National Association of Gay & Lesbian Real Estate Profession - Delray Beach, FL

Well said :))  Thank you for your support.  Looking forward to speaking to you soon.

May 13, 2009 07:58 PM #6
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