Inclusion Initiative

Chris Heller HeadshotChris Heller, Licensed AgentMarch 9, 2022

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At Agent Advice we want to be part of the change we want to see in the world. That is why we are starting an Inclusion Initiative to help advocate for diversity and inclusion in the real estate industry. Now more than ever it is important that we all come together to support those that have not been heard, or have been overlooked. We recognize that while diversity exists in the real estate industry, many individuals are not treated fairly, specifically  LGBTQ, Blacks, Latinos, Asians, and women, and we want to help change this. That is why we are taking steps to create a pledge that helps the real estate professionals promise to treat everyone with respect regardless of their race, gender, sexual orientation, or age. While the Fair Housing Act is there to enforce equal housing opportunities, we want to go a step further to help the real estate industry remove any unconscious bias towards coworkers and home buyers/sellers. There is no room for silent homophobia, racism, sexism, or discrimination based on political beliefs in the world, and we can help start to make a difference by changing these social stigmas in the real estate industry. Not only can we all make a change in how we treat each other, diversity and inclusion help create a more innovative and collaborative workplace. Let’s help the real estate industry grow and thrive while we help make the world a more respectful and inclusive place! hands-1768845_1920

Inclusion Initiative Pledge

We pledge to…

  1. Strive to provide unconscious bias awareness training and D&I training
    • How to be understanding to clients with different needs
    • Have open conversations starting at the executive level to become aware of underlying stereotypes in the workplace and how they are affecting Agent Advice Inclusion Initiativecoworkers relationships as well as relationships with clients
    • Find effective training to continue to implement for all employees moving forward – this needs to be ongoing to truly be effective 
  2. Open door policy for employees concerns or suggestions for a better workplace 
    • Open policy for the hard questions or concerns without fear from the employee that they will be punished
    • If needed – putting a team together to help follow through on any initiatives that need to take place to improve the culture 
  3. Diverse Leadership 
    • No exclusions or overlooking of someone based on sexual orientation, gender, race, creed, or any other factor that does not directly pertain to their ability and drive to do the job 
    • Encouraging all qualified employees to strive to grow into leadership positions and helping provide the tools for them to get there 
  4. Annual company D&I pulse check
    • To continue to promote inclusion and diversity among real estate professionals and home buyers/sellers
    • Ensure the company is still advocating for inclusion for all –  LGBTQ, Black, Native Americans, Latino, Asian, Women, veterans, and disabled 
    • Sharing new and best practices on diversity and inclusion with the public, as well as any that have not been successful  
    • Altering D&I methods if they are not working effectively 

 

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About the Author

Chris Heller brings 27 years of experience in real estate. Chris serves on the AgentAdvice Editorial Board and is the Chief Real Estate Officer at OJO Labs. Chris brings deep expertise having held influential industry positions including CEO of mellohome and former CEO of Keller Williams Realty International.

Last Updated: 3/9/2022

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