Fair housing doesn’t have to be about violations, shame and punishment, says broker and coach Lee Davenport. Here, she offers a few ways to use positive reinforcement, like awards, to create a renewed sense of celebration as well as better outcomes all around.

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After over 50 years of fair housing and lending laws, I realize one thing is true — it is not intuitive.

In just the last year, despite laws barring these things, there have been various, continued reports that have found:

  1. Redlining
  2. Steering
  3. Appraisal Bias
  4. Lending Bias
  5. Denial of promised and equitable benefits, services and funding, to name just a few.

With renewed attention, there have been efforts to increase fair housing and lending training as well as improve the discovery of violations through increased testing and penalties for confirmed violators.

Unfortunately, some real estate…

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