Advancing Fair Housing: REALTORS®’ Commitment to Equality and Accountability

If recent events have taught us anything, it’s this: we have more work to do. Racial injustice is deeply rooted in history and is apparent in housing discrimination, even today. Discrimination, in all its forms, still casts a long shadow in this country, and too many are being denied the opportunities all Americans deserve. Every year, REALTORS® set aside April as Fair Housing Month to draw awareness for the need of fair and equal housing.

The landmark Fair Housing Act of 1968 outlawed discrimination against people looking to buy or rent a home based on their race, color, religion, sex, familial status, or national origin—and the Supreme Court has ruled more recently that illegal housing discrimination can occur even without intent. REALTORS® recognize the significance of the Fair Housing Act and reconfirm their commitment to upholding fair housing law as well as their commitment to offering equal professional service to all in their search for real property.

REALTORS’® commitment to the diverse communities we serve starts with our Code of Ethics. REALTORS® have also sworn to uphold a strict Code of Ethics – they must treat all clients equally, regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Our code sets a higher standard for fairness in housing than any federal law, it’s backed by a culture of member accountability, and it extends to our work in legislative matters, where we continue to advocate for meaningful change. REALTORS® also initiated their own “Fair Housing Action Plan”, abbreviated ‘ACT,’ which emphasizes (A)ccountability, (C)ulture Change, and (T)raining in order to ensure America’s 1.4 million REALTORS® are doing everything possible to protect housing rights in America.

Upcoming Fair Housing Classes

Registrations open 1 month before class dates.

  • The current three year period ends December 31, 2024.  
  • New REALTORS® must complete the training within one year of membership.



2nd Renewal

20 June, 2024, 9 AM-12 PM

Online Course on Zoom



2nd Renewal

17 October, 2024, 9 AM-12 PM

Online Course on Zoom

SCCAR Class Schedule
WR Class Schedule

If you experience or witness discrimination in real estate, we urge you to report it: you can file a complaint by visiting

At SCCAR we believe fairness is worth fighting for and we won’t stop until the fight is won, because that’s who we are.


In 2020, the National Association of REALTORS® launched Fairhaven.Realtor. Fairhaven is an innovative online simulation training where agents work against the clock to sell homes in the fictional town of Fairhaven, while confronting discrimination in the home buying process. During the training, learners also walk in the shoes of a home buyer facing discrimination. The training provides customized feedback that learners can apply to daily business interactions.

Long Island Divided

“Long Island Divided” delves into the investigation of how real estate agents treated undercover clients on Long Island, uncovering systemic discriminatory practices within the real estate industry. Through undercover operations, the investigation revealed instances of unequal treatment based on factors such as race, ethnicity, and familial status. The findings underscored the persistence of housing discrimination and highlighted the need for greater awareness, accountability, and reform within the real estate profession.

Additional Resources



TTY 206-220-5185

Fax 206-220-5447


800-233-3247 in WA

TTY 800-300-7525

Fax 360-586-2282


888-766-8800 (toll free)

Fax 253-274-8220

If you experience or witness discrimination in real estate, we urge you to report it: you can file a complaint by visiting

Fair Housing Declaration

  • Provide equal professional service without regard to the race, color, religion, gender (sex), disability (handicap), familial status, national origin, sexual orientation or gender identity of any prospective client, customer, or of the residents of any community.
  • Keep informed about fair housing law and practices, improving my clients’ and customers’ opportunities and my business.
  • Develop advertising that indicates that everyone is welcome and no one is excluded;, expanding my client’s and customer’s opportunities to see, buy, or lease property.
  • Inform my clients and customers about their rights and responsibilities under the fair housing laws by providing brochures and other information.
  • Document my efforts to provide professional service, which will assist me in becoming a more responsive and successful REALTOR®.
  • Refuse to tolerate non-compliance.
  • Learn about those who are different from me, and celebrate those differences.
  • Take a positive approach to fair housing practices and aspire to follow the spirit as well as the letter of the law.
  • Develop and implement fair housing practices for my firm to carry out the spirit of this declaration.