Realtors hold summit in Allentown on fair housing

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From left, Ryan Conrad, CEO of the Lehigh Valley Association of Realtors; Jane Vincent, HUD Regional Administrator for Region III; and Victoria Coyle, executive director of North Penn Legal Services, helped organize the Fair Housing Summit in Allentown.
From left, Ryan Conrad, CEO of the Lehigh Valley Association of Realtors; Jane Vincent, HUD Regional Administrator for Region III; and Victoria Coyle, executive director of North Penn Legal Services, helped organize the Fair Housing Summit in Allentown.

Fair housing was the subject of a Lehigh Valley Association of Realtors summit this morning in Allentown.

The summit, held in partnership with North Penn Legal Services at the Holiday Inn Center City, was geared to provide training to real estate agents, other housing professionals and community leaders on fair housing laws.

The summit was held, in part, in response to a report released by the Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley in 2012 that found that some Lehigh Valley real estate agents were violating fair housing standards in Allentown.

A study had shown that some agents were steering white buyers out of center city Allentown and into the suburbs, among other claims.

While it was only a small number of individuals, the association was determined to step up education to ensure real estate agents knew the law and how to handle fair housing issues in the real world, said Ryan Conrad, president and CEO of the LVAR.

"It was an eye-opening experience for real estate agents in the Lehigh Valley," he said.

The summit, which provides continuing education credits for Realtors and attorneys, brought in speakers to talk about real world situations where fair housing laws apply, with the hope that it will bring total compliance with the law.

"We know we have a role to play," Conrad said. "This is a part of that."

Stacy Wescoe

Stacy Wescoe

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Alan Jennings said:
Ryan Conrad's leadership in addressing the problems we identified has been precedent-setting. LVAR is lucky to have his talent leading the organization.

Alan Jennings
Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley

April 25, 2014 11:45 am

Mark Smith said:
Congratulations to LVAR for stepping up and recognizing a problem that exists among it's ranks. There is no excuse for violating the fair housing laws.
Mark Smith
Lehigh Valley Asso of Realtors
Manhattan Asso of Realtors

April 24, 2014 2:39 pm



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