Cape Cod Realtors must bear honest housing coaching

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HYANNIS — When a Realtor guides a consumer by means of discovering a brand new residence, they may level them in a sure path, believing they’re serving to the house purchaser.

However that may be steering, the place a Realtor influences a purchaser’s alternative of communities primarily based on race, coloration, faith, gender or one other protected attribute. The apply is expressly prohibited beneath the Honest Housing Act.

The Cape Cod & Islands Affiliation of Realtors membership just lately voted “overwhelmingly” to require members to bear continuous coaching on honest housing, in response to a press launch. Members now have till Dec. 31, 2024 to finish the primary spherical of coaching.

Ryan Castle is the chief executive officer of the Cape Cod & Islands Association of Realtors.

Affiliation CEO Ryan Citadel mentioned the transfer was spurred by a three-year Newsday investigation that exposed discrimination by actual property brokers within the Lengthy Island space, saying it “actually shook up the business.”

“A whole lot of us requested: ‘How can we do higher?'” Citadel mentioned.

The native actual property affiliation, which was established in 1926, stories having about 2,600 members.

Coaching will assist forestall Honest Housing Act violations

The brand new strategy means Realtors must full a minimum of two hours of training each three years to keep up membership. The requirement solely applies to Realtors belonging to the Cape Cod & Islands Affiliation of Realtors and excludes actual property licensees who aren’t a Realtor member.