Op-Ed: Fair Housing Still Matters From Harlem To Hollywood

By Donnell Williams Let me begin by stating that the National Association of Real Estate Brokers’ (NAREB) founding mission, written nearly 73 years ago, was based upon the principles of fairness and equal opportunity. Fair housing, fair lending, and fairness in our profession are the pillars of our association’s beginnings and the reason for our presence. Continue Reading


Inspired by Nipsey Hussle, they’re trying to ‘buy back’ South LA

Residents are meeting up each month to learn about buying property as a way to build generational wealth By Jessica Flores | @jesssmflores For Daniel Carter, the strip mall where Nipsey Hussle was killed in March, is one of the most important places in South LA. The late rapper was a South LA champion who Continue Reading


Although Jobs Report Shows Robust Job Market, African Americans Still Face Discrimination

By Derek T.Dingle     The prognosticators were wrong. Forecasts from ADP and Moody’s Analytics early last week revealed that the job market was slowing due to a private payrolls report showing a gain of just 67,000 jobs for the month of November. According to Friday’s report from the US Department of Labor, however, the Continue Reading


FHA’s strong financial showing points the way on policy

By Anthony Kellum Last month HUD published its annual FHA Actuarial Report. The report shows extremely strong financial performance — with reserves against losses of $62 billion and an economic net worth-capital ratio of 4.84% for the overall portfolio. The FHA’s capital ratio is the highest since 2007 and almost two and a half times the FHA’s Continue Reading


8 Reasons to Buy a Home

By Elizabeth Weintraub If you’re like most first-time home buyers, you’ve probably listened to friends’, family’s and coworkers’ advice, many of whom are encouraging you to buy a home. However, you may still wonder if buying a home is the right thing to do. Relax. Having reservations is normal. The more you know about why you should buy Continue Reading


What Happens When Black People Search for Suburban Homes

By Luis Ferré-Sadurní An undercover investigation on Long Island found that real estate agents treated people of color unequally 40 percent of the time. One Long Island real estate agent told a black man that houses in a predominantly white neighborhood were too expensive for his budget. But the same agent showed houses in the same Continue Reading


Why Owning a Home Is Important

By Mike Grundon Owning a home is more than just hype; it’s the gateway to long-term and short-term financial success. Long-term, you’ll build an equity nest egg and short-term, you’ll be able to enjoy potential tax breaks and pay yourself instead of a landlord. A home purchase is an investment you’ll be glad you made! Continue Reading


Against Black Homeownership

By Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor The real estate market is so structured by race that black families will never come out ahead. In January 1973, George Romney, Nixon’s enigmatic Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, administered an open-ended moratorium on its 1968 initiatives to open up single-family homeownership to low-income borrowers by providing government-backed mortgages. The experiment Continue Reading


Long Island Divided: An Investigation by Newsday

After a 3-year investigation with over 90 real estate agents tested, over 200 hours of meetings recorded, and over 5700 house listings analyzed, the Newsday investigation uncovered widespread evidence of unequal treatment by real estate agents on long island: 19% of the time against Asians, 39% against Hispanics and 49% against Blacks.   In one of Continue Reading


FHA capital level is the highest since 2007

By Kathleen Howley Montgomery on cutting life-of-loan policy: “We’re not there yet” The Federal Housing Administration’s flagship Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund is in the best condition since before the financial crisis, with capital levels at the highest level since 2007. The FHA’s annual report to Congress showed a capital ratio of 4.84%, up from 2.76% Continue Reading


Despite a Strong Economy, Black Homeownership Continues to Struggle

By: Marie Cyprien A new report called State of Housing in Black America released by the National Association of Real Estate Brokers shows that not only is the rate of black homeownership decreasing, but the gap between black and white households today is much wider than in 1968.     In fact, recent U.S. Census Continue Reading


Kansas residents are looking back to move community forward

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Bernard Crawford grew up on Quindaro during the 1970s. He remembers thriving businesses: bakeries, grocery stores and theaters. He left for school but has come back to be what he calls a “light” on Quindaro, to help it be a safe and welcoming place. A sign on the wall says, Continue Reading


For many black millennials, student debt is biggest hurdle in homeownership

By Troy McMullen Not long after they were married in 2017, Rick and Astardii Hopkins started shopping for a home. But when the Birmingham, Ala., couple began exploring home loans, they quickly realized their college loan debt limited their options. Both attended local colleges, and like many African American millennials across the country who took Continue Reading


Commercial real estate firm JLL pulls out of summit over lack of diversity

The New York Multifamily Summit is billed as a chance to discuss investment in, among other places, areas that have large historic black communities By: Jim Dalrymple II International commercial real estate firm Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) revealed Friday that it is pulling its support of an upcoming industry conference due to a lack of Continue Reading


Every 2020 Democrat’s Plan to Fix the Housing Crisis

By Josh Ocampo Over the weekend, Bernie Sanders teased a $2.5 trillion housing plan, which, among other things, promises to establish a national rent control standard and make significant investments in affordable housing. Like Sanders, several other Democratic candidates have released proposals to tackle housing inequality in America. Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Continue Reading


‘The Color of Wealth in Miami’ Is Black and White

By Aracely Panameño From our nation’s founding, state and federal laws have either stacked the deck for or against Americans of diverse racial and ethnic origin. In their new report, “The Color of Wealth in Miami,” Alan A. Aja, Gretchen Beesing, Daniel Bustillo, Danielle Clealand, William Darity, Jr., Darrick Hamilton, Mark Paul, Anne E. Price, Continue Reading


Homeownership is the Top Contributor to Household Wealth

BY: JANN SWANSON Two US Census Bureau researchers have determined that the biggest determinants of household wealth are owning a home and having a retirement account. While that may not be surprising, the degrees of magnitude are. Using data from the 2015 Survey of Income and Program Participation, Jonathan Eggleston, an economist, and Donald Hays, Continue Reading


Coldwell Banker and Realogy Support NAREB

By Kevin Guhl, Neighbor Coldwell Banker And Realogy Support National Association Of Real Estate Broker’s Commitment To Diversity And Inclusion MONTCLAIR, N.J. (Aug. 23, 2019) – Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage and its parent company Realogy had the honor of being a corporate sponsor of the 72nd Annual National Convention of The National Association of Real Continue Reading


Why So Many Black Property Owners in Central Brooklyn Are Losing Their Homes, Explained

Part 1 in a series: The difference between deed theft and the city’s controversial Third Party Transfer Program By Charlie Innis Black homeowners in Central Brooklyn are losing their homes at an alarming rate, and the main culprits are deed theft and the city’s controversial Third Party Transfer Program. As of March 2019, there were Continue Reading


Study: African Americans underserved, overcharged by US banks

By Zack Budryk The relative rarity of banks in nonwhite neighborhoods is exacerbating the racial wealth gap by leaving African Americans more reliant on expensive financial services such as payday lending institutions, according to Reuters, citing research by McKinsey & Co. The study found that majority-white counties have an average of 41 financial institutions per Continue Reading