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April is Fair Housing Month

April is Fair Housing Month

In April, REALTORS® celebrate the passage of the Fair Housing Act of 1968 with events and educational classes that affirm how the real estate community is helping to build thriving, inclusive communities. This month, NEFAR will be offering several virtual classes that emphasize the importance of ensuring there are equal housing opportunities for everyone.


Be the Change: Fair Housing and YouREGISTER HERE
Wednesday, April 20 // 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Instructor: Deb Diesing
Gain a better understanding of what it takes for an agent to work in today’s diverse real estate environment by focusing on the importance of fair housing laws so you can responsibly sell real estate in a nondiscriminatory fashion.

Florida Housing Trust Funds: SHIP or SAILREGISTER HERE
Thursday, April 21 // 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Instructor: Patricia Sherman
This course outlines the need for affordable housing in Florida and highlights the importance of the Sadowski state and local trust funds in meeting this need.

Making Green by Selling “Green”REGISTER HERE
Wednesday, April 27 // 9:30 am – 1:30 pm
Instructor: Linda Olson
Learn how to distinguish between different “green concepts so you an teach your customers how they can live an “eco-conscious” lifestyle within any budget. This course discusses xeriscaping, Energy Star appliances, and solar products.

Expanding Housing OpportunitiesREGISTER HERE
Thursday, April 28 // 9:30 am – 1:30 pm
Instructor: Chuck Bonamer
Learn ways to assist your clients in purchasing an affordable home.


Fair Housing month also provides a great opportunity for you to enroll in NAR’s Fairhaven and Implicit Bias training and to consider signing up for the At Home With Diversity certification course. NEFAR will be offering this in-person course on Friday, September 16 from 8:30 am – 5 p.m. at the NEFAR Resource Center. It will be taught by Gonzalo Mejia.



The Fairhaven and Implicit Bias Training as well as the At Home With Diversity certification are three of the requirements of admission into the NEFAR’s new professional society, EDGE™ (Ethics, Diversity, Goals, Excellence). NEFAR will officially welcome those who have qualified for EDGE™ membership during a special ceremony that will be part of NEFAR’s Fair Housing Luncheon Friday, May 13. The luncheon will be held from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm at the Marriott Jacksonville Hotel in Southpoint.

Receiving their EDGE™ membership pins at that time will be Rory Dubin, Neil Bridgers, Fresa Alejo-Jones, Missi Howell, NEFAR CEO William Glenn East, Cole Slate, Richard Michael Morris, Jr., Carmen R. Llontop, 2022 NEFAR President Mark Rosener, and Melissa Kehres.


City Fair Housing Symposium

On April 23, NEFAR’s Government Affairs Department will sponsor lunch at the City of Jacksonville’s Fair Housing Symposium that will take place at the Jacksonville Public Library, 303 N. Laura St. During the symposium, speakers will discuss how the pandemic has affected the accessibility, availability, and affordability of fair housing in Jacksonville.

REGISTER HERE or call (904) 255-5383.


Why is Fair Housing Month so important? 

Fair Housing Month signifies a REALTORS®’ commitment to expanding equal access to housing within their community. As stewards of the right to own, use, and transfer private property, REALTORS® are committed to fair housing practices that protect the real estate industry, a business which depends on free and open markets that embrace equal opportunity.

During Fair Housing month, REALTORS® recognize the significance of the Fair Housing Act as they endeavor to uphold fair housing law and provide equal professional service to all requiring their assistance as they aim to buy or sell property in Northeast Florida.