Column: We are Better Together

March 9, 2023 in Guest Columns

I want to do something to bridge the gap between the people I know who have shown me kindness and those I do not know who would do me and other Asian people harm. It is an exercise in “East meets West” and “West meets East” to promote understanding and decrease misinformation.

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More Americans Own Their Homes, but Black-White Homeownership Rate Gap is Biggest in a Decade, NAR Report Finds

in KCRAR

While the U.S. homeownership rate increased to 65.5% in 2021, the rate among Black Americans lags significantly (44%), has only increased 0.4% in the last 10 years and is nearly 29 percentage points less than White Americans (72.7%), representing the largest Black-White homeownership rate gap in a decade.

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Column: The Black History All Year Challenge

February 24, 2023 in Guest Columns

February is a great time to highlight some of the issues that have historically and currently hold Black Americans back; however, those issues don’t stop after the month is over. I implore each member to not only learn and take actionable steps during February, but to extend those efforts throughout the year and become true advocates of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the real estate industry.

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YPN/KC Announces 2023 Round Table Educational Series

February 16, 2023 in Education

KCRAR’s Young Professionals Network (YPN/KC) will continue its educational “YPN Round Table” series in 2023 with quarterly sessions on relevant real estate topics. Each session will offer a designated time for networking with complimentary refreshments, a moderated panel of subject matter experts and a time for audience Q&A. YPN/KC’s first Round Table of the year […]

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DEI Undertakes Homebuyer Seminar, REALTOR® Redlined Event

October 27, 2022 in Guest Columns

By Donta Littlejohn, 2022 DEI Chair Over the last few months, KCRAR’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee (DEI) has been hard at work finding ways to partner with the community and bring together our REALTOR® membership. We have found great partnerships with the Johnson County Museum and Habitat for Humanity of Kansas City. On Oct. […]

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DEI to Host Upcoming Event to Shine Light on Impact of Redlining in KC Region

September 22, 2022 in KCRAR

The KCRAR Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee (DEI) announced this week an upcoming event for REALTOR® members hosted at the Johnson County Museum’s featured exhibit, “Redlined: Cities, Suburbs, Segregation.” To share some of the history of redlining in the Kansas City region, historian and Curator of Interpretation for the Johnson County Museum Andrew Gustafson was […]

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4 Podcasts to Listen to this Fair Housing Month

April 1, 2022 in Community

KCRAR’s podcast, Kansas City RealTalk, hosts expert guests each week to discuss a wide range of real estate topics. With over 80 episodes in the archives, many fair housing and inclusion related episodes are worth revisiting for Fair Housing Month. Find them on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or any major podcast platform. Ernest Hawkins and Donta […]

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KCRAR Kicks Off Black History Month Social Media Challenge

February 3, 2022 in KCRAR

Earlier this week, KCRAR launched its Black History Month Social Media Challenge, wherein it encourages its members to use this month to learn about the past and support in the present. Each week, KCRAR will issue a new challenge for its members to commit to accomplishing over the course of February. “Kansas City has a […]

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion January Update

January 21, 2022 in Guest Columns

By Donta Littlejohn, 2022 DEI Chair The Kansas City Regional Association of REALTORS’® Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee (DEI) is ready to kick the new year off. As this year’s chair, I am excited to lead the committee in 2022 with vice chair Gwen Goins to continue the work that Ernest Hawkins started in 2021. […]

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Image description: DEI volunteers pose outside of the VCP Outreach Center in Kansas City.

Kansas City REALTORS® Gather Over 2,500 Items for Veterans in Need this Winter

December 16, 2021 in Community

The Kansas City Regional Association of REALTORS’® Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee (DEI) wrapped up its Cold Weather Drive this week, collecting over 2,500 donated items for Veterans Community Project. Local REALTORS® and Industry Partners gathered cold weather items including hats, boots, hand warmers and more throughout November and December. Veterans Community Project was co-founded […]

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