The second annual National LGBT Real Estate Conference is coming to Florida October 12-14. The event, which will take place at the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six in Fort Lauderdale, has been organized by the National Association of Gay & Lesbian Real Estate Professionals (NAGLREP).
NARGREP, a non-profit trade organization established in 2007, says that it has over 900 members across the US, and is expecting around 400 at the conference, which is aimed at real estate agents, mortgage lenders, brokers, insurance agents and appraisers, among others.
Besides networking opportunities, there will be breakout sessions and workshops. Speakers will include Sherry A. Chris (Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate), Sean Becketti (Chief Economist, Freddie Mac), and Jim Obergefell, plaintiff in the Supreme Court Obergefell vs. Hodges ruling that paved the way for same-sex marriage across the US.
Also speaking will be Thomas Roth, President of the San Francisco-based Community Marketing.
‘I had the pleasure of attending the NAGLREP conference last year and I was impressed with how well organized and professional it was,’ Roth told Gay Star Business. ‘The content was excellent, and the attendees were active participants in the conversations.’
Speaking to Gay Star Business, NAGLREP founder Jeff Berger said that a recent LGBT Home Buyer survey undertaken by the organization revealed that one of the greatest concerns of attendees is the fact that 73% of LGBT people polled were ‘strongly concerned about some aspect of housing discrimination, either in purchasing a home or renting. The concern includes discrimination by real estate agents, home sellers, landlords and neighbors.’
Among the greatest worries expressed by gay home-buyers were being discriminated against by neighbors, by a home-owner when putting in an offer for a home, or by a mortage provider when applying for a mortgage.
To this end, NAGREP will be announcing the launch of a PR campaign at the conference to address discrimination issues in housing.
Housing protection is one of the areas that would be included in the proposed Equality Act currently before Congress.