SMAR Commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act

Frank WilliamsThe Southern Maryland Association of Realtors® Commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act    

Hughesville, MD, April 11 – For decades, Realtors® - members of the National Association of Realtors® - have supported a free, open market that embraces fairness and equal opportunity for all buyers and sellers. Members of the Southern Maryland Association of Realtors® (SMAR) strongly support the Fair Housing Act, legislation first passed in 1968 and now prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status and national origin.  

 “Realtors® continue to recognize the significance of this important act and reconfirm our commitment to upholding fair housing law, as well as our commitment to offering equal professional service to all in their search for a home or property. Realtors® work hard to build strong communities and neighborhoods where all people can live and prosper,” said Kathy Suite, 2018 SMAR President.  

Over the years, NAR has developed educational information on diversity and fair housing laws, programs and resources that have helped educate Realtors® across the country on the importance of inclusive housing practices and the promotion of diverse homeownership. During the year, NAR will further examine community fair housing issues and advocate for changes to the Fair Housing Act to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Realtors® will focus on three key elements in 2018: acknowledging the organization’s changing role in the fight for fair housing, understanding how we as a nation are constantly improving our commitment to fair housing and ways Realtors® strive to lead efforts to address fair housing policy issues.   

“Fair housing protects the American Dream of homeownership for all citizens, and Southern Maryland looks forward to commemorating the anniversary and supporting the development of healthy and diverse communities,” Suite said.

Each year, SMAR’s Community Relations Committee promotes fair housing to our youth through two contests. The first is a Fair Housing Art Contest co-sponsored with Maryland Realtors®, open to school aged children from Kindergarten through twelfth grade. The second contest is open to third graders in Southern Maryland and are asked to write a one-page essay on the subject “What My Home Means to Me.” More information on these two contests may be found here.

For more information, visit to learn about the commemoration, find materials and resources, and see what Realtors® are doing throughout the country to advance fair housing.

The Southern Maryland Association of REALTORS® is a trade organization dedicated to serving its members and the wider Southern Maryland community. We advocate for private property rights and ensure the high ethical and professional standards established by the National Association of REALTORS® are adhered to by our members. We offer our members dispute resolution, education, training, career advancement, advocacy, professional networking, and performance recognition.


For further information contact:
Hannah Sanders