Local Realtors reaffirm pledge to uphold fair housing laws

As outspoken supporters for fair housing issues and homeownership, the Ventura County Coastal Association of Realtors will join the nation as it honors Fair Housing Month in April. For more than 100 years Realtors have promoted and protected the dream of property ownership for millions of Americans and strongly support the Fair Housing Act that was enacted in 1968.

This year marks the 46th anniversary of that landmark legislation which prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status or disability.

“As leading advocates for homeownership, Realtors strive to promote inclusion, diversity and fairness in today’s housing industry,” said Jorge DeLeon, with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Oxnard, and chairman of VCCAR’s Education/Equal Opportunity Cultural Diversity Committee.

“Realtors work hard to build communities and an environment where everyone, regardless of race, color, religion, sex or disability, can choose where they want to live.” DeLeon said. “So, throughout 2014, we will also be celebrating the centennial of the Realtors’ Code of Ethics and the comprehensive protections it provides to consumers.”

“Over the years, VCCAR has implemented fair housing programs and resources for its member Realtors because we believe homeownership is an investment in everyone’s future,” said Dennis Goldstein, president of the local Realtors association. “Not just in April, but every day of the year, our member Realtors reconfirm their pledge to protect home buyers and sellers in the west Ventura County communities that we serve.” The National Association of Realtors also has developed educational programs on diversity and fair housing laws for its Realtor members, Goldstein pointed out. He noted that these programs have helped educate Realtors across the country on the importance of inclusive housing practices and the promotion of diverse homeownership.