Discrimination in the real estate industry is real and ongoing. As community leaders, REALTORS® have the opportunity to be a part of the transformative solution, providing equal service to all.

As a part of an ongoing commitment to Fair Housing practices, the Richmond Association of REALTORS® Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee encourages all members of RAR to:

Complete Fairhaven Training at fairhaven.realtor

Inspired by real stories, Fairhaven is an interactive simulation training to help REALTORS® identify, prevent, and address discriminatory practices in real estate. Agents work against the clock to sell homes in the fictional town of Fairhaven while confronting realistic scenarios where discrimination can occur. This training is part of NAR’s ACT! Initiative and is available to all NAR members at no additional cost. Get started by visiting fairhaven.realtor.

Complete NAR’s Implicit Bias Online Workshop

This online workshop is designed to help members avoid implicit bias in their daily business interactions. Drawing upon the latest evidence-based research, this workshop explains how our brains’ automatic, instant association of stereotypes with particular groups can cause us to treat those who are different from us unfairly, despite our best intentions and often without our conscious awareness. This training then applies these concepts to the everyday work of REALTORS®, and offers strategies to override bias in order to convey respect, ensure fairness, and improve business relationships. This online workshop is available at NAR.realtor.

Earn the At Home with Diversity® (AHWD) Certification

The At Home with Diversity® course is a 6-hour class that can be taken online and addresses the topics of diversity, fair housing, and business planning development. After successfully completing the course, REALTORS® are eligible to apply for the official AHWD certification, which conveys to clients they’re working with a dynamic real estate professional with expertise that transcends cultural barriers. The At Home With Diversity® Course teaches REALTORS® how to:

  • Assess and understand attributes of diversity in local markets and their impact on the real estate industry
  • Understand basic competencies to earn the confidence of potential buyers and sellers, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, disabilities, familial status, or national origin
  • Build a business plan that minimizes risk and successfully services all types of clients

This online course is available at learning.realtor.