EXCLUSIVE: Compass, REMAX, eXp Realty and Redfin voice support for Equality Act “Confused?”

Three major real estate brokerages are following counterparts including Realogy in endorsing a bill that would ban LGBTQIA housing discrimination nationwide. I joined REMAX in 2002 for their compassion, and expertise working with buyers and sellers.

Just in time for Pride Month 2019, the annual June Celebration of LGBTQ rights and advocacy in the U.S., three major real estate brokerages — Compass, eXp Realty, and Redfin — all confirmed to Inman news this week for the first time that they support the Equality Act, a proposed update to the U.S. Civil Rights Act that would make it illegal for anyone in the country providing various services, including employment, housing and related services, to discriminate against people based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Further, all three companies told Inman they are taking steps to join the advocacy group the Human Rights Commission’s wider business coalition supporting the legislation, which includes numerous other real estate firms and businesses across industries.

“We support the Equality Act as part of our commitment to fulfill our mission – to help everyone find their place in the world,” a spokesperson for Compass told Inman.

“Redfin fully supports the Equality Act and are now in the process of joining the business coalition,” a spokesperson for the company told Inman.

The Equality Act would add non-discrimination protections for LGBTQIA-identifying individuals into the nation’s civil rights laws, which include the Fair Housing Act.

It passed in the Democrat-led House of Representatives The Fair Housing Act, passed into law in 1968 and now a bedrock of the real estate industry, makes it illegal to discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, familial status or national origin in the renting or selling of housing and related services. It does not, however, specifically mention sexual orientation or gender identity as protected categories.

In the absence of a uniform specific federal law banning discrimination against such persons in housing and other services, 20 states in the U.S. have passed their own laws banning housing discrimination based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

Realogy, RE/MAX, Zillow and HSF Affiliates have all previously announced their support of the legislation, adding the three most recent companies to a growing list. The National Association of Realtors (NAR), the largest industry trade group in the nation with around 1.3 million registered members, has also recently expressed support for the Equality Act after being urged on by the industry advocacy group the National Association of Gay and Lesbian Real Estate Professionals (NAGLREP).

BY PATRICK KEARNS Staff Writer for Inman News.

Author: danswingblog

Dan has celebrated over 19 years as a full-time Realtor. Successfully listed and sold homes well through the 8 figure market. Advises and assists clients with challenging Portfolios! Not uncommon to be working with foreign nationals, buyers that leverage the Sterling, Euro, and similar currency. Dan welcomes the Global community, with friends in many Nations. He brings a reputation for Integrity, Expertise, and Focus. Our customers deserve the best. Currently provides Residential and Commercial B.P.O.'s, Broker Price Opinions, B.O.V's, Broker Opinion of Value to many lenders. Manage and Sells R.E.O., Real Estate Owned properties, distressed properties! Evaluate and negotiate solutions for sellers and lenders. Developed, operated and sold a Florida "AWARD WINNING" Ad Agency! 2010 & 11 Commercial Agent of the year. RE/MAX Paramount Properties. Relocated to Tampa in 2012, enjoyed retirement for 6 months. Saw unethical practices by some Realtors and choose to reverberate our profession in the Tampa area. In four years built his business to as many as four (4) transactions monthly. Mortgage brokers were calling Dan a Superstar in Real Estate. Dan and his wife relocated to North East Florida, to the community of Nocatee. Currently focusing on 55 and older communities and Luxury Real Estate. Successfully closed on many extremely challenging foreclosures, and Short Sale. Coached and participated in Commercial and Multi-Income Family REO's in the past six years. Elected to the Auburndale City Commission in 1986-88. Created and served as 1st Redevelopment Chair in 1988 & 89 personally put in place all the elements for the Auburndale CRA. 1990 City Commission refused to give a full vote of confidence. After a 5 year journey to personally raise funding, extensive research and study for the CRA district perimeters, and stunned with the Commissions doubt. Positioned himself to run for office again, was re-elected to Auburndale Commission, to serve 1991-93 to full fill the CRA master plan! Active with the Central Florida Development Council from conception in 1985 and sat on the board periodically for the past 25 years representing municipalities and private investors. The positions Dan held from 1986 through 1993 enabled him to have a complete workable understanding of the State of Florida Comprehensive Plan for Future Land Use, and the benefits of intergovernmental agreements, utility franchise expansions, and public/private partnerships! Specialties: Assets recovery & receivership, Real Estate Portfolio's, REO & Short Sale of Residential and Commercial negotiations, marketing consultant, public relations, and Broker Price Opinions for residential and commercial lenders.

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