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Into the closets and out of the streets, but wait until November

Years ago, the sounds of “out of the closet and into the streets” ranged loudly in the Gay community.  Now it should be “into the closets and out of the streets!” The National Association of REALTORS(R) found out that the calendar says it is 2010 and decided that they will bring up an amendment to its bylaws to not discriminate against gays buying a home.

Amazing that it took them this long, but the unreal thing is that they have to wait until NOVEMBER to get it approved.

What is with this lobbying group that I am a dues paying member of in two states? This is so embarrassing that they even needed to do this in the first place and second that it can’t be done by acclamation by their members or Board of Directors.

Doesn’t NAR understand there is something called PHONES let alone the internet where they can organize a conference call and get it done right away? Or are they thinking there would be opposition?

I am calling for immediate approval by the President of NAR to make this an absolute- immediately.

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Oh, I forgot, she is from Arizona and they are too busy making sure that anyone brown gets their papers checked. They’ll get to the gays next.

I suggest a “Call to Action” that bombards NAR headquarters by phone at 1-800-874-6500 demanding a Presidential proclamation today!

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Realty Reality! That describes Fred, a sharp witted and outspoken realist for the mortgage and real estate world who has appeared on CNBC and NPR's Marketplace along with being quoted in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and other media outlets. Fred is the CEO of U S Spaces, Inc/Arrivva (a real estate brokerage firm in PA, NJ, DE and CA) and U S Loans Mortgage Inc (mortgage brokerage in PA, CA, FL and VA), and serves on the Board of Directors and is the Federal Legislative Director for the UpFront Mortgage Brokers. Fred is also the co-creator of real estate startup, a mathematically driven rental search engine. See everything Fred at



  1. Nadina Cole-Potter

    July 15, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    Gosh, Fred, when I read the news of the preliminary group’s unanimous vote on this issue, I was pretty proud to be a member of NAR. I get your frustration at the years-long delay but I also get that taking such a stand in the wake of successful anti gay initiatives in many states and anti gay rhetoric in many communities is pretty progressive.

    As for putting the issue before the Board for a final vote at a regularly scheduled meeting, I think that is strategically and politically wise. It prevents those who would object and gum up the works from protesting because of the process (to avoid coming out, so to speak, against the subject matter). Nobody can accuse the NAR of “taking away our rights” (yeah, our “right” to discriminate?)

    As for Arizona, don’t taint all of us with the anti-brown brush. Some of us think the law is ill advised and are jaw-droppingly shocked at the public and private racist rhetoric and distortion of the truth (lies) about who actually causes violent crime in Arizona. I haven’t heard such racist rhetoric, openly stated, since 1957 after the Brown v. Board of Education decision by the Supreme Court.

    SB1070 as well as an initiative that was overwhelmingly approved by the AZ voters 2 years ago that would cause employers to lose their business licenses if they were found to have hired knowingly hired undocumented workers, both caused and are causing an exodus of Hispanics from the state, both undocumented and citizen members of their families. The effect, coming in tandem with the housing crisis and general economic meltdown has been devastating to commercial real estate investments — B- and C multifamily properties are running as much as 40% vacancies. The foreclosed homes have become a “shadow inventory” of rentals. The merchants who served those tenants near those multifamily properties have closed up shop; in the wake of business closings, of course, the owners of the retail centers where those merchants did business are devastated. And professionals such as insurance, physicians, sole practitioner, Spanish speaking attorneys have lost their businesses and moved out of small office properties.

    And there were extended families who, knowing they couldn’t obtain loans without social security numbers, purchased homes with pooled cash, painstakingly saved from their marginal jobs or from individual investors who carried the paper. In fear of being arrested and sent back to their countries of origin they have left their homes vacant and, of course, those that are not bank or investor owned (with drive-by checks) subject to any sort of take over by criminal squatters.

    People keep complaining about how much undocumented workers cost the government but the economic devastation brought on by the exodus is far worse. And the truth is, except for emergency medical care, public education and emergency services such as fire fighters, undocumented workers are not eligible for any city, county, state or federally funded programs. And if they use bogus social security cards to obtain jobs, the deductions are paid into social security but the undocumented workers will never see a penny of it. Nor will they ever be eligible for any income tax deductions such as the interest paid on the privately held mortgages

    Frankly, I prefer a population of children of undocumented workers who become educated — ignorance and illiteracy is not good or safe for any of us. And I prefer a population of undocumented workers (and everyone) with access to preventive health care because there is a more expensive domino effect when a significant portion of the population is medically uncared for. Think about whole neighborhoods of children unvaccinated. Or workers who can’t read the warning labels on cleaning and agricultural products.

    • Fred Romano

      July 15, 2010 at 1:19 pm

      If you are not a citizen of the USA and here illegally you should be immediately deported – no questions asked IMO! Any race – any creed – illegal is illegal – go back to your own country and apply to be a US citizen the legal way.

  2. Lani Rosales

    July 15, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    I’m not a member, so it impacts me not, but I’m proud that it’s even being considered given the conservative nature of the industry, especially in light of many of my fellow Southern states that are not so progressive.

    It’s fair to insinuate racism because of the state someone lives in (for God’s sake, I live in Texas, but I’m in Austin which is quite anti-southern-culture), but your point is taken that you’re frustrated because so many other issues of less importance have hit the agenda and passed quickly over the years.

    The sad part of all of it is that it IS 2010 and this even has to be said or that it would be someone’s inclination to discriminate and the only way to prevent it is through NAR measures. Pathetic.

  3. Ruthmarie Hicks

    July 15, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    I’m pretty liberal – so two things:
    1. It should NOT have taken this long to specify that discriminatory behavior towards gays is NOT allowed. That’s a shame and I’m glad that its being addressed.
    2. However, waiting for a national meeting makes sense in light of how incendiary this issue can be for people in certain parts of the country. It gives them cover and if that’s what they need to get the job done – so be it.

  4. Fred Glick

    July 15, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    Screw the idiot bigots that don’t accepted gay people.

    They are only losing money.



      July 15, 2010 at 5:53 pm

      golly, it’s not even about money! (although that is a very valid pt too) it’s just wrong by principle. why don’t they like us? 🙁

  5. Joe Loomer

    July 16, 2010 at 7:18 am

    I’m a fiscal conservative and social (very) moderate. Discrimination is discrimination and needs to be ended.

    Citizenship, however, is not a right. On that point I’m firmly in Fred’s court.

    Navy Chief, Navy Pride

  6. Benn Rosales

    July 16, 2010 at 9:35 am

    Just as an aside, I have to say in totality I agree with you Fred, it’s strange that any org has to even discuss this issue in 2010, but, I think NAR has is right on this one.

    It is better to demonstrate unification than to mandate in any situation that deals with a sensitive issue. For some it isn’t about money, it’s about more personal things and the reality is that on issues of so-called morality, it may not to be a unified vote yes or no.

    The good news is that I’ve not really heard of any explosive reason NAR had to bring this to the table and I don’t know the back story, but it would have been simpler to let this one go, but NAR isn’t. The membership has decided it will take a stand and openly address it.

    Kudos to NAR and the committee, and kudos to you in wearing your heart on your sleeve.

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