FAIR HOUSING & DIVERSITY

Equal Opportunity For All

Fair housing laws are a cornerstone of community, here in the Northern Rhode Island real estate industry and throughout the country. As REALTORS® it is our commitment to uphold fair housing laws and offer equal professional service to all in their search of real property.

Members can access numerous Fair Housing resources from the Association here.

If you are a consumer and you believe your rights to fair housing have been violated, you may file a complaint with US Department of Housing and Urban Development (or HUD).  Cases will then be assigned to the Rhode Island office.

Diversity

The Northern Rhode Island Board of REALTORS® is committed to celebrating and welcoming diversity in all facets of our organization and in everything we do.  Throughout our mission and strategic plan this is a priority for our Association.  Our members are individuals from every walk of life and background that contribute to the rich fabric of society.

Members of the Northern Rhode Island Board are REALTORS®.  REALTORS® are held to a strict Code of Ethics as a condition of membership.  They must treat all clients, members of the public, and each other equally, regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity. The REALTOR® commitment to diversity and equality is the strongest in real estate, going a step farther than the federal Fair Housing Act, which does not include sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes against housing discrimination.

Members are asked to view this 50-minute video prepared by the National Association of REALTORS® and the Perception Institute to help REALTORS® recognize unconscious biases that arise in our day-to-day lives:

Members are asked to test their fair housing knowledge by visiting Fairhaven – a new fair housing simulation training for REALTORS® that uses the power of storytelling to help members identify, prevent, and address discriminatory practices in real estate. Inspired by real stories, this innovative online experience has agents work against the clock to sell homes in the fictional town of Fairhaven, while confronting discrimination in the home buying process. Brokers are encouraged to incorporate Fairhaven into their office’s professional training for licensees.