HUD Asst Secretary John Trasviña Speaking at NAGLREP Mid-Year Meeting Today in D.C.

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Real Estate Agent with The Stark Company Realtors, Madison WI 53123-94

John D. Trasviña, HUD Assistant Secretary is the keynote speaker today at the National Association of Gay and Lesbian Realtors' mid year meetingtoday at 2:30 in the Nathan Hale Room at the Marriott Wardman Tower.

 HUD asst sec John Trasvina

John Trasviña was nominated by President Obama to be Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity on April 20, 2009, and confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate on May 1, 2009. The Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) administers and enforces federal laws and establishes policies that make sure all Americans have equal access to the housing of their choice. As Special Counsel in the Clinton Administration until 2001, he led the only federal government office devoted solely to immigrant workplace rights and was the highest ranking Latino attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice.

Also,  an important presentation on the agenda will be a special recognition award presented to Bill Malkasian, President of the  Wisconsin Realtors Association  for introducing  to the National Association of Realtors EOC Committee in 2009, a provisBill Malkasian, President of WRAion to amend the Code of Ethics to prohibit housing discrimination based on sexual orientation.  

On November 8, 2010, at the National Association of Realtors' Annual Convention in New Orleans, this provision was passed to amend the Code of Ethics to include sexual orientation as a protected class.  This is the amended language: REALTORS® shall not deny equal professional services to any person for reasons of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin, or sexual orientation. REALTORS® shall not be parties to any plan or agreement to discriminate against a person or persons on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin, or sexual orientation.

and

REALTORS®, in their real estate employment practices, shall not discriminate against any person or persons on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin, or sexual orientation.

Much  credit is to be given to NAGLREP's Jeff Burger and Eric Kodner who promoted this initiative with years of work and dedication to this cause and they are tremendously grateful to Bill Malkasian to moving this forward and presenting it to NAR.  The amended code came into effect on January 1st, 2011.

The concepts of Equal Housing Opportunity and Fair Housing are at the core of the real estate industry. HUD enforces Federal Fair Housing compliance.  This is the amended language: 

REALTORS® shall not deny equal professional services to any person for reasons of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin, or sexual orientation. REALTORS® shall not be parties to any plan or agreement to discriminate against a person or persons on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin, or sexual orientation.

and

REALTORS®, in their real estate employment practices, shall not discriminate against any person or persons on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin, or sexual orientation.

The NAR Midyear Convention Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo, May 9-14, 2011,  is where NAR members take an active role to advance the real estate industry, public policy, and the association. There is still time to join in on the activities in Washington, D.C., for special issues forums, committee meetings, legislative activities, and the industry trade show.

 

 

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Comments (2)

Anonymous
Jeff Berger

Barbara, It was a great meeting, and we wish you could have been there.  Thank you for sharing with Active Rain.  ttys :)

May 14, 2011 02:44 AM
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Eric Kodner
Madeline Island Realty - La Pointe, WI
CRS, Madeline Island Realty, LaPointe, WI 54850 -

Barbara, thank you so much for the mention in your blog!

It was a remarkable experience to meet John Trasvina and to see the Wisconsin Realtors Association receive recognition for its role in the Article 10 Code of Ethics amendment.

Aug 18, 2011 05:09 AM

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