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Realtors® Add Gender Identity to Code of Ethics

The following is a statement by National Association of Realtors® President Steve Brown:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – November 12, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — “Today Realtors® have demonstrated their all-inclusive support of ensuring fair housing opportunities by adding gender identity to their Code of Ethics. As we celebrate 100 years of the Realtor® Code of Ethics, this decision is a fitting example of the Code as a living, dynamic set of principles that define the professionalism that Realtors® bring to the real estate transaction.

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“This follows a resolution in 2011 to add sexual orientation to the Code of Ethics. NAR’s Board of Directors has also approved amending the Statement of Policy on Fair Housing, affirming that the right to rent or purchase shelter of choice should not be abridged because of sexual orientation or gender identity.

“Realtors® subscribe to NAR’s strict Code of Ethics as a condition of membership. NAR adopted its Code of Ethics in 1913 and was only the second trade or business group in the U.S. to adopt mandatory ethical standards. I am proud to assume the presidency of an organization that provides such leadership in the area of professionalism and ethics.”

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The National Association of Realtors®, “The Voice for Real Estate,” is America’s largest trade association, representing 1 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.

Media Contact: Stephanie Singer / 202-383-1050