HOUSTON ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS EXTENDS ITS SUPPORT TO THE HOUSTON EQUAL RIGHTS ORDINANCE (HERO)
HOUSTON — (September 28, 2015) — The Houston Association of Realtors (HAR) board of directors has voted to support Proposition 1, the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), on the City of Houston November 3 ballot.
“The Houston Association of Realtors sees HERO as an extension of the Code of Ethics to which licensed Realtors must adhere each day to ensure the fair and ethical treatment of all real estate consumers,” said HAR Chair Nancy Furst. “Our 31,000-member association respects and celebrates Houston’s diverse population, and we believe HERO complements the Realtor commitment to conduct business without discrimination of any kind.”
In voting to support HERO, the HAR board recognized that similar equal rights laws are on the books in more than 200 U.S. cities, including Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth and San Antonio, and 17 states, and have not resulted in any reports of increased public safety problems. The board concluded that the anti-discrimination measure “promotes a healthy business climate throughout Houston.”
HAR joins other key players in Houston’s business community that recently announced their backing of HERO. That includes the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Greater Houston Partnership and the Hotel and Lodging Association of Greater Houston.
Houstonians will be asked to vote on Proposition 1 (HERO) on the City of Houston ballot on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3.
Founded in 1918, the Houston Association of Realtors (HAR.com) is a 31,000-member organization of real estate professionals engaged in every aspect of the industry, including residential and commercial sales and leasing, appraisal, property management and counseling. It is the largest individual dues-paying membership trade association in Houston as well as the second largest local association/board of Realtors in the United States.