June 17, 2021
NAR continues to strengthen its commitment to fair housing in the real estate industry, so to does HGAR. I am asking all our Members in the association to participate in the Fair Housing Challenge by completing the Fairhaven Fair Housing Simulation and Implicit Bias Training. To go the extra mile consider the added opportunity of earning NAR’s At Home With Diversity® Certification.
Stand Up to the Challenge!
To complete the challenge, simply visit the components listed below, and then fill out the Fair Housing Challenge Completion Form
- Fairhaven: A Realtor Simulation
- Implicit Bias Training – Bias Override: Overcoming Barriers to Fair Housing video (53:47)
- Going the extra mile? Earn your At Home With Diversity® (AHWD) certification
Done Your Training? (either before the start of the challenge or during)
The first 100 Members who submit their Fair Housing Challenge Completion Form will receive the book The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein, one of our April Fair Housing Summit guest speakers.
Fairhaven is a new, online, immersive simulation that uses the power of storytelling to make learners confront fair housing discrimination in scenarios that we hope feel real. Learners in the fictional town of Fairhaven play the role of an agent. In the simulation, they work against the clock to close four deals. As learners interact with clients and colleagues in each scenario, they will confront some form of discrimination—based on race, national origin, disability, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity. The scenarios in Fairhaven are inspired by real fair housing cases, and by conversations held with NAR members.
Implicit Bias Training Video
The new online workshop helps REALTORS® understand how our unconscious brains categorize information and stereotypes, and offers practical tools to override hidden biases. The workshop offers many "de-biasing" practices that not only help to reduce bias, but also improve our relationships with all the people we encounter—being more responsive, growing our networks, and generating more business.
Watch the Bias Override: Overcoming Barriers to Fair Housing video (53:47)
At Home With Diversity®
The At Home With Diversity® (AHWD) certification course teaches REALTORS® how to work effectively with diverse populations so they can build business success in today’s multicultural real estate market.
Access the Course
Completing these three programs will empower REALTORS® to:
- Confront and check their own biases;
- Honor the Fair Housing Act, and
- Work to end discrimination in housing, one interaction at a time.
Thank you for taking the time to complete this important challenge and show your commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the real estate industry.
Crystal Hawkins-Syska, HGAR 2021 President
Artwork used in logo by Catherine Faranda