3 Fair Housing Education Resources REALTORS® Can Use This Month

April 15, 2021 in Education

Though REALTORS® are responsible for upholding Fair Housing law all year, Fair Housing Month can serve as a reminder for real estate professionals to remain vigilant against bias and discrimination. Resources are available through the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and other organizations to help real estate professionals educate and test themselves on their understanding […]

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KCRAR Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee Leads Initiative to Pay Tuition for Future Urban Core Teacher

April 8, 2021 in KCRAR

The KCRAR Board of Directors voted to approve a proposal, brought to them in March by the KCRAR Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee (DEI), to sponsor a UMKC student through the Institute for Urban Education. This initiative comes after a busy year for DEI. With the goal of bringing the community closer to fair housing […]

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President Conant: Colors of the Wind

April 1, 2021 in Guest Columns

As promised during KCRAR’s Recharge event last Thursday, my April message, in celebration of Fair Housing Month, is inspired by “Colors of the Wind” by Judy Kuhn, made famous by the Disney movie “Pocahontas” back in 1995. I love this song, not only because it speaks directly to the nature lover in me with verses like: “Come run the […]

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At Home With Diversity Virtual Course to Bring Multicultural Education to KCRAR

March 25, 2021 in Education

KCRAR is once again bringing back the At Home with Diversity Certification course at a discounted rate for its members, but this year, the course will be held virtually via Zoom on April 13, providing an additional level of convenience and the opportunity to accommodate a higher number of students. At Home with Diversity is […]

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NAR Finds Black Home Buyers More Than Twice as Likely to Have Student Loan Debt, Be Rejected for Mortgage Loans Than White Home Buyers

February 17, 2021 in KCRAR

National Association of REALTORS® Key Highlights The U.S. homeownership rate was 64.2% in 2019. At 69.8%, the rate for non-Hispanic white Americans exceeds the national rate. However, the Black homeownership rate – 42% – represents a Black-white homeownership gap of almost 30%. The homeownership rates for Asian Americans and Hispanic Americans are 60.7% and 48.1%, […]

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Kansas and Missouri REALTOR® Associations Advocate for Homeowner and Real Estate Issues

January 28, 2021 in Government Affairs

Homeowners and real estate professional are not only affected by federal government policies, but also by legislative issues at the state level. The Kansas Association of REALTORS® (KAR) and Missouri REALTORS® (MR) have advocacy teams monitoring the issues coming to state congress to address any that may prove to be critical to REALTORS® and homeowners. […]

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NAR Offers Education Sessions Focused on Recent Changes to Code of Ethics

January 7, 2021 in KCRAR

The Board of Directors for the National Association of REALTORS® in November voted in favor of a motion presented by NAR’s Professional Standards Committee making it a violation for REALTORS® to use harassing or hate speech toward any of the protected classes under Article 10 of NAR’s Code of Ethics. Those include race, color, religion, […]

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After the wake-up call: How real estate leaders are combating racial inequities

November 11, 2020 in KCRAR

By Erica Christoffer, REALTOR® Magazine Key Takeaways: Real estate brokers are becoming increasingly conscious of the need for greater diversity in their offices as a matter of fairness and as a good business practice. Brokers can hire trainers, recruiters, and business coaches with a deep understanding of workplace diversity to help meet the needs of […]

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How REALTORS® Can Stop Housing Inequity

August 19, 2020 in KCRAR

The housing and wealth inequalities that persist between people of color and whites in the U.S. is a result of the unconstitutional federal housing policies of the 20th century. Despite the Fair Housing Act’s passage more than 50 years ago, the legacy of redlining, blockbusting, deed covenants, and steering has created persistent barriers to homeownership […]

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Fostering Equality in the Real Estate Industry

July 31, 2020 in KCRAR

The global conversation surrounding race and discrimination has reached a new level, and it’s important for industries across the board to take this opportunity to learn and grow. This is not a simple issue. There are many challenges that both individuals and businesses will face as they move forward to eradicate discriminatory systems. In the […]

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