Brandi Pearl Thompson: The Fair Housing Act And Realtors’ Responsibility

Friday, May 1, 2020 - by Brandi Pearl Thompson, president, Greater Chattanooga Realtors
For decades, members of the National Association of Realtors have supported a free, open market that embraces fairness and equal opportunity for all buyers and sellers. Greater Chattanooga Realtors strongly supports the Fair Housing Act, which is legislation that was first passed in 1968 and now prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, and national origin.
 
Each April, Greater Chattanooga Realtors joins fellow Realtors across the country to commemorate the Fair Housing Act and to raise awareness for fair housing issues.
While during much of April our focus has been on COVID-19 and the devastating tornadoes that struck our area, our organization remains dedicated in the fight for fair housing. Greater Chattanooga Realtors understand how we as a nation are constantly improving our commitment to fair housing. As Realtors, we strive to lead efforts to address fair housing policy issues.  
 
Although April is the month we make a special effort to highlight fair housing, it’s an ongoing effort for our members throughout the year. Our Diversity Inclusion Committee is a standing committee, and their purpose is to promote equal opportunity and cultural diversity within the real estate industry and to foster an Association culture that embraces and celebrates our differences.
 
On April 30, we hosted an online panel discussion in which we discussed Fair Housing and how to be better advocates. This discussion helped those who participated in working successfully in the future within a rapidly changing multicultural market.
 
As the Voice of Real Estate in Greater Chattanooga, we continue to recognize the significance of the Fair Housing Act and reconfirm our commitment to upholding fair housing law, as well as our 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.
 
Fair housing protects the American Dream of homeownership for all citizens, and Greater Chattanooga Realtors look forward to supporting the development of healthy and diverse communities. That’s Who We R.

Barge Design Solutions Community Fund Contributes To COVID-19 Relief Efforts

Geoff Ramsey Inducted Into NAR RPAC Hall Of Fame

Real Estate Transfers For May 21-27


The Barge Design Solutions, Inc. Community Fund has awarded a total of $35,000 in grants to organizations contributing to COVID-19 relief efforts. "As our nation slowly opens following stay-at-home ... (click for more)

Greater Chattanooga Realtors announced that Realtor member Geoff Ramsey was inducted to the National Association of Realtors (NAR) Realtors Political Action Committee (RPAC) Hall of Fame. ... (click for more)

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Real Estate

Barge Design Solutions Community Fund Contributes To COVID-19 Relief Efforts

The Barge Design Solutions, Inc. Community Fund has awarded a total of $35,000 in grants to organizations contributing to COVID-19 relief efforts. "As our nation slowly opens following stay-at-home orders and other restrictions, many in our communities are left reeling from the effects of this pandemic," officials said. "Much of our population finds themselves in need of various ... (click for more)

Geoff Ramsey Inducted Into NAR RPAC Hall Of Fame

Greater Chattanooga Realtors announced that Realtor member Geoff Ramsey was inducted to the National Association of Realtors (NAR) Realtors Political Action Committee (RPAC) Hall of Fame. Mr. Ramsey has been an RPAC Major Investor for seven years, and a President’s Circle Member for six years. Over this time, Mr. Ramsey has invested more than $25,000. “Realtors are advocates ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Hamilton County Reports One-Day Record 106 New Coronavirus Cases; Deaths Remain At 19

The Hamilton County Health Department reported a one-day record 106 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday for a cumulative total of 1,381. Officials said, "While the majority of people are compliant with the Health Department’s isolation and quarantine instructions, there are an increasing number of people who are not staying home and not being cooperative. This behavior puts the ... (click for more)

Hamilton County Correctional Officer Tests Positive For Coronavirus; Silverdale Facility Employees, Inmates To Be Tested Wednesday

The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office was notified Friday morning one of its Corrections Division employees has tested positive for COVID-19. Per Hamilton County Jail guidelines, the employee is at home under isolation order from the Hamilton County Health Department. Jail personnel are currently working with Health Department personnel to currently track all inmates and personnel ... (click for more)

Opinion

It's About Time Riverbend Was Cancelled - And Response

Since its inception, Friends of the Festival seemed bound and determined to make Riverbend a national event, ignoring the opinions of many Chattanoogans. Riverbend started as a local event drawing on the tastes and desires of local citizens yet has devolved into an outrageously expensive, super-crowded two-week-long free-for-all. Riverbend has drastically deviated from its original ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Rhea Migrants Vanish!

A promising online news website debuted last month from its statewide base in Nashville. Identifying itself as “Tennessee—Lookout,” the website has what appears to be sound leadership and creditable reporters. Its vow is that it hopes to become an “Independent non-profit news site dedicated to covering Tennessee government, policy and politics. Hard-hitting but fair.” I wish it ... (click for more)