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Fair Housing: Staying Within the Law

Each April, REALTORS® celebrate Fair Housing Month to commemorate the law, which was passed in 1968 and amended in 1988. By Graham Wood Some behaviors might not strike consumers or real estate professionals as clear-cut violations of the federal Fair Housing Act, which prohibits housing discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, and familial status. But HUD’s discrimination studies have found these common—yet often overlooked—infractions that you
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15th Annual Nancy Owens Memorial Foundation Luncheon a Success

[caption id="attachment_26490" align="alignleft" width="250"] Henry Winkler was the guest speaker at the NOMF luncheon.[/caption] The Nancy Owens Memorial Foundation (NOMF) hosted their 15th annual luncheon this week at the Hilton Americas-Houston which raised $205,000. Approximately 840 guests filled the ballroom at the luncheon featuring celebrity guest speaker Henry Winkler. Winkler kept the audience spell bound as he shared his own life struggles with dyslexia and how that made him the person
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Upstream: Our Own “Manhattan Project”

In 1939, American intelligence already knew that Nazi Germany had learned the secrets of splitting the atom. By early 1940, still a year before America entered the war, and despite the impact of negative voices, concerns over the potential dangers of this research had reached the highest levels of the U.S. government. Despite what we now understand was common sense, it took advocates an amazing level of energy, time and
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An Experience Named Erick

Many industry decision makers and leaders believe that the challenge of the century for the contemporary American real estate industry will be its willingness and ability to create and deliver a real estate transactional experience that meets the needs and expectations of the broker, buyer and seller. Over the years, this column has presented and commented many times on the subject of consumer experiences. It has discussed a wide range
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Back to the Challenge of the Consumer Experience

By Jeremy Conaway Our first two columns of 2016 explored the relatively narrow band of issues generated by the emerging premium agent movement. That movement is being championed by the national portals and the industry’s growing vulnerability presented by the questionable influence and impact of the subpar “facilitator” agent. This third column of the year will revisit the question of the consumer experience issue, first raised in early 2015 as