Summertime is here, which means heat, vacations, and hopefully some down time. It is also a great time to complete the National Association of REALTORS®’ fair housing training tool, Fairhaven.

 

The interactive platform takes learners to Fairhaven, a fictional town where real estate agents work towards closing four transactions while encountering various scenarios of discrimination and bias. You will switch between roles as the buyer and as the agent, as well as receive feedback on your performance that you can use real-time in the world of real estate. And, it’s worth noting that this valuable training is available to you FREE of charge.

 

As you may recall, earlier this year I challenged our members to complete Fairhaven as a way for us to learn more about fair housing and demonstrate a commitment to ensuring that housing is, indeed, fair. It is a fun, interactive tool that takes little time— only about an hour to complete.
 

We are excited to make Fairhaven a part of Centennial 2021: Virginia REALTORS® Annual Convention this September. There, we will be recognizing the top five local associations with the highest percentage of Fairhaven completion. The Fairhaven Challenge will end August 31st, so if you have not yet completed the training and want to help your local association win an award, now is the time!

 

Should you have any questions regarding Fairhaven—or our association’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts as a whole—please reach out to Leslie J. Frazier, Senior Vice President of Community and Industry Relations at LFrazier@virginiarealtors.org.

 

Thank you, and I hope to see you at our convention this September!

 

Sincerely,

 

Beth Dalton, 2021 President

Virginia REALTORS®

 

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