I drafted the NAHREP 10 four years ago as a tool for the Hispanic Wealth Project and a guide to NAHREP’s growing membership. The goal was to establish a set of principles that position the Latino community for greater prosperity and an enhanced quality of life. The NAHREP 10 has also provided NAHREP with a set of values that guide our activities as an organization. Recently, we have formalized the creation of NAHREP certified trainers to build a small army of ambassadors who will help spread the ethos of these principles to the broader community.
While it’s not yet clear what the long-term economic and societal effects of the COVID-19 pandemic will be, we know it will be profound. We also know that people who are at the top of their profession and have achieved a near debt-free status in their financial lives will emerge from this situation ready and able to take advantage of a broad array of business and financial opportunities that will undoubtedly transpire. Harsh, but nonetheless true. There will be people who thrive even more when this is all over.
Right now, we need to remain vigilant in fighting the spread of this horrible disease, but we also keep in mind that the NAHREP 10 would not be necessary if the economy always grew, real estate never had a down cycle, people never became unemployed, and life was always fair. It was created to prepare everyone for economic scenarios like the one we are currently experiencing. Now might be a good time to read and discuss these principles again; you can find them here.
This week, in a brief to the judge of a major antitrust lawsuit known as Nosalek, the U.S. Department of Justice called for decoupling buyer and seller agent representation. If the DOJ gets what it wants, it would mean that listing agents would no longer be permitted to share their commissions with agents representing buyers, and buyers would have to pay out of pocket to have an agent represent them.
I was in D.C. on Friday for the celebration of life for my friend, Dave Stevens. Dave was a former FHA Commissioner under Barack Obama and an icon in the mortgage banking industry. I was lucky to know Dave as a good friend.
If you’re not familiar with the Sitzer class action lawsuit against the National Association of Realtors and several of the largest real estate brands, it centers on how real estate agents are compensated. The lawsuit claims that the practice of seller and buyer agent cooperation or sharing of commissions is an anti-trust violation and has resulted in inflated commissions paid by consumers. While a jury in Missouri has already sided with the plaintiffs, the judge has not rendered a final verdict.