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For decades, Re­al­tors— mem­bers of the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Re­al­tors (NAR)— have sup­ported a free, open mar­ket that em­braces fair­ness and equal op­por­tu­nity for all buy­ers and sell­ers. Mem­bers of the Santa Fe As­so­ci­a­tion of Re­al­tors along with Re­al­tors across the coun­try strongly sup­port the Fair Hous­ing Act, leg­is­la­tion first passed in 1968 and that cur­rently pro­hibits dis­crim­i­na­tion based on race, color, re­li­gion, sex, hand­i­cap, fa­mil­ial sta­tus, and na­tional ori­gin.

Lo­cal Re­al­tors are de­lighted to join in the com­mem­o­ra­tion of the 50th an­niver­sary of the Act to raise aware­ness about hous­ing is­sues. Lo­cal Re­al­tors con­tinue to rec­og­nize the sig­nif­i­cance of this im­por­tant act and re­con­firm their com­mit­ment to up­hold­ing fair hous­ing law, as well as a com­mit­ment to of­fer­ing equal pro­fes­sional ser­vice to all in their search for a home or prop­erty. Re­al­tors work hard to build strong com­mu­ni­ties and neigh­bor­hoods where all peo­ple can live and pros­per.

Over the years, NAR has de­vel­oped ed­u­ca­tional in­for­ma­tion on di­ver­sity and fair hous­ing laws, pro­grams, and re­sources that have helped ed­u­cate Re­al­tors across the coun­try on the im­por­tance of in­clu­sive hous­ing prac­tices and the pro­mo­tion of di­verse home­own­er­ship. Dur­ing a year­long com­mem­o­ra­tion, NAR will fur­ther ex­am­ine com­mu­nity fair hous­ing is­sues and ad­vo­cate for changes to the Fair Hous­ing Act to pro­hibit dis­crim­i­na­tion based on sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion and gen­der iden­tity. Re­al­tors will fo­cus on three key el­e­ments in 2018: ac­knowl­edg­ing the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s chang­ing role in the fight for fair hous­ing, un­der­stand­ing how we as a na­tion are con­stantly im­prov­ing our com­mit­ment to fair hous­ing, and ways Re­al­tors strive to lead ef­forts to ad­dress fair hous­ing pol­icy is­sues.

Fair hous­ing pro­tects the Amer­i­can Dream of home­own­er­ship for all cit­i­zens, and NAR along with its state and lo­cal af­fil­i­ated as­so­ci­a­tions looks for­ward to com­mem­o­rat­ing the an­niver­sary and sup­port­ing the de­vel­op­ment of healthy and di­verse com­mu­ni­ties. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.FairHous­ing.re­al­tor to learn about the com­mem­o­ra­tion, find ma­te­ri­als and re­sources, and see what Re­al­tors are do­ing in the across the coun­try to ad­vance fair hous­ing.

In other spring news, Re­al­tor mem­bers and the lead­er­ship of the Santa Fe As­so­ci­a­tion of Re­al­tors will par­tic­i­pate in the Re­gion XI Lead­er­ship Con­fer­ence be­ing held this year in Al­bu­querque at the San­dia Re­sort & Casino. The April 11-13 con­fer­ence and net­work­ing op­por­tu­nity is an an­nual event pro­vided to Re­al­tors lo­cated in the Rocky Moun­tain Re­gion XI which changes state venues from year to year. New Mex­ico is hon­ored to host the Re­gion XI Lead­er­ship Con­fer­ence this year. In ad­di­tion to a cus­tom­ary cau­cus meet­ing and net­work­ing events, the con­fer­ence will host one of NAR’s New “Mem­bers Edge” events. This one-day, high-en­ergy event is geared to­ward Re­al­tors who are ea­ger to learn cut­ting-edge tech­nolo­gies and busi­ness prac­tices, the lat­est in­dus­try news, and NAR re­sources that can ben­e­fit mem­bers’ busi­ness and clients. This is a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity to ac­cess na­tion­ally-rec­og­nized real es­tate ex­perts right in our own back yard.

Rubel “Paco” Ar­guello is chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Santa Fe As­so­ci­a­tion of Re­al­tors. Con­tact him at paco@sfar.com.

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