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  • Saturday, February 14, 2015 1:16 PM | Anonymous


     For your convenience ...WE'VE GONE MOBILE!
    NAREB has gone mobile!
    Download Our Mobile App

    We're excited to announce for a second year, NAREB has worked with Gather Digital to provide a mobile application for the Mid-Winter Conference. You will get up-to-the-minute information such as the latest agenda, updates from the conference planner, speaker information, feedback opportunities, maps, exhibitor and sponsor details, an attendee list and more!


    To get the NAREB mobile app: please visit and look for the "Get the Conference App" button. 


    We look forward to seeing you at the NAREB 68th Mid-Winter Conference in Tampa, FL and we hope you enjoy the mobile app



    • BlackBerry & Window Phones Only - The app will work in a "web only" mode and can't be installed on your device
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  • Sunday, February 08, 2015 11:12 AM | Anonymous

    We Do Mind

    R&B singer Usher Raymond and rap icon Juicy J release disturbing message.
    Irvine, CA (February 5, 2015) In a recent song composed by R&B singer Usher Raymond and Rap Icon Juicy J, I Don’t Mind, as a community, we have heard a disturbing message. The iconic duo, voiced their beliefs that it is morally proper for a woman to dance on a pole to support her lifestyle.  This is an alarming message we must address from an ethical perspective with a resistant stance.  Did you know the average age of a young girl forced into sex trafficking is 12-14 years old?  Did you also know few young girls escape the harsh sting of sexual degradation? 
    We must face this unsettling reality.  We must not leave our women subject to sexual customs of mainstream media, nor our mothers and sisters subject to degrading insults from unprincipled men and woman.  Our women are the divine essence of God—fearfully and wonderfully made.  The truth is we can serve as agents of change.  As men and women of valor, integrity and love, we have a voice to speak out against the objectification of women wherever we find it.  In closing, Usher unashamedly says, “I Don’t Mind.”  With the same sense of fearlessness, we boldly say, “We Do Mind.” 
    We do mind a woman dancing on a pole for money.  We do mind a woman insulted by perversion.  WE DO MIND—therefore, we stand against Usher’s message. We are asking all radio stations to stop playing this degrading song immediately. We are asking all record stores, department stores, big box retail stores, and internet companies to stop the selling the song immediately. Stop, stop, stop…..WE DO MIND!
    About COR Church
    Christ Our Redeemer AME (COR) Church was founded by five people on the University of California, Irvine campus. COR Church is now the largest predominantly African-American church in Orange County with more than 2,900 multi-racial members.

  • Tuesday, December 16, 2014 9:33 AM | Anonymous

    The White House, Washington

    Just now, the President took action to protect a place called Bristol Bay, Alaska. Here's why that matters:

    It places a national treasure -- and one of the nation's most productive fisheries -- off limits for oil and gas leasing. Alaskans have been fighting to preserve Bristol Bay for decades. Today, we got it done.

    Bristol Bay helps to produce 40 percent of America's wild-caught seafood each year. It supports $2 billion every year in commercial fishing, and supports good jobs in sport-fishing and tourism.

    These waters are beautiful and valuable, and today's action will ensure that future generations will be able to enjoy their bounty.

    It's a big deal. Watch the President's announcement, and take a look at these photos of the place this Administration just took definitive action to protect:

    This is Bristol Bay, Alaska, a national treasure that President Obama is protecting for all of us.

    This is Bristol Bay, Alaska, a national treasure that President Obama is protecting for all of us.

    A humpback whale with shearwater birds in Bristol Bay.

    A humpback whale with shearwater birds in Bristol Bay.

    The beautiful Bristol Bay helps to produce 40% of America's wild-caught seafood every year.

    The beautiful Bristol Bay helps to produce 40% of America's wild-caught seafood every year.



    Secretary Sally Jewell
    Department of the Interior

  • Monday, May 12, 2014 6:38 PM | Anonymous
    The White House Saturday, May 10, 2014

    A powerful message from First Lady Michelle Obama

    First Lady Michelle Obama honored all mothers on this upcoming Mother’s Day and offered her thoughts, prayers, and support in the wake of the unconscionable terrorist kidnapping of more than 200 Nigerian girls.

    It's a powerful message. Watch the First Lady's address:

    Watch First Lady Michelle Obama deliver the weekly address.

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  • Sunday, May 04, 2014 7:46 PM | Anonymous



    We're getting ready for you!   NAREB Convention planners are working overtime to make sure that nothing else is on your calendar July 25-July 30, 2014, EXCEPT being in Baltimore, MD for NAREB's 67th National Convention.

    You can't afford to miss a minute!


    Our Focus?
    Our #1 Priority?
    Ensuring that sustainable, affordable
    homeownership remains within reach and
    high on the nation's public policy agenda!   


    How Are We Going to Do It?

    Making sure that every Realtist is prepared 
    and ready to move NAREB's historic commitment to the Democracy in Housinginto the national spotlight!

    What Do We Need?

    You... in Baltimore!

    The Convention has it all...

    President Donnell Spivey envisioned an informative, exciting and power-packed event and that's just what Convention 2014 has shaped up to be.  Five days focused on strengthening NAREB's local boards and strategically outfitting Realtists' entrepreneurial tool box has thoughtfully come together --  thanks to NAREB's Education Committee,  NAREB University (NU®), Master Key, and the Convention Planning Committee.


    Here's a Sneak Peak! 

    The CCIM -"Commercial Tenant Representation" course, instructed by Byron Smith and offered only on Saturday, July 26thcovers a broad spectrum of topics including planning and construction, the economics of leasing, space measurements and space calculations, operating expenses and recovery, along with best practices.  This course was at-capacity during NAREB's Mid-Winter Conference. Stay tuned for registration details! 
    How can you miss the "Luxury Home Sales in Review" workshop?  Specializing in this market niche can surge your bottom line.  On Saturday, letAaron Rice of the Maryland Luxury Groupincrease your understanding about what you need to know in order to work comfortably with upper-tier buyers and sellers!
    Not getting enough exercise?  You won't be able to blame your time at NAREB's 67th Annual Convention. Daily (yes, daily!) morning total fitness work-out sessions...just for you!  We want you to go back home feeling better and healthier than when you left!
    The NU® Signature Presentation is sure to be a dynamic one! Sharing his viewpoint about the Gaps and Gains of a Minority Business
    is guest speaker guest Ron Busby, President & CEO of the U.S. Black Chamber of Commerce.  The presentation entitled, "The Agenda for Entrepreneurship" focuses on expanding the use and power of mergers, acquisitions and strategic partnerships for business growth.  If you're considering and want to win government contracts, this session is for you!!
    golf-hit.jpgAnd golfers.... don't leave home without your clubs and signature tees! Put your foursome together and be ready to play on a world-class course! (Arrive no later than Friday. Tee time is early Saturday morning.) 
    Leverage, Connect, Grow!!!

    Realtists...This is only a preview.  

    There's much, much more coming your way!! 








    See You in Charm City in July!

     Empowering REALTISTS to make a change! 
  • Wednesday, January 01, 2014 1:43 PM | Anonymous
    December 28, 2013  Baltimore Sun Newspaper

    Donnell Spivey was a 32-year-old Amtrak employee when he decided to start investing in real estate, but what began as a sideline quickly became a career. He entered the business with Baltimore-based Otis Warren Real Estate Co., and later worked for Ellicott City's RE/MAX 100 Real Estate Co. for 18 years, where for many years he averaged $8.5 million in sales annually.
    In 2004, Spivey founded his own company in Ellicott City, EXiT Spivey Professional Realty, which won recognition from Rep. Elijah E. Cummings as the first African-American-owned brokerage in Howard County. In August, he was installed as president of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB), a minority trade group.
    In September, NAREB published its 2013 State of Housing in Black America report, which found that African-American homeownership dropped from about 48 percent in 2007 to 43 percent today. NAREB also reported that African-Americans and Latinos were about 70 percent more likely to have experienced foreclosure, even when controlling for income.  Spivey, one of 13 children born to a North Carolina sharecropper, moved to Baltimore after he graduated from high school because he saw greater opportunities for advancement.
    Today, he said, he is concerned that the recession has made many African-Americans wary of homeownership, traditionally a safe investment and a route to the middle class. "There's been a lot of talk, 'Is homeownership right for you?' ... being spread through our community," he said. "But they should still consider homeownership a sustainable investment and not let what has happened in the past be a deterrent from purchasing."
    Spivey said NAREB is working to educate brokers so they can help steer clients away from the risky loans that have done so much damage. "Honestly I think we all played a part. ... I certainly didn't foresee what was happening or what happened, but what we're doing now is we're educating our real estate professionals across the country to have a keener eye in terms of looking at these loan products and making sure they fit," he said.
    Why did you decide to get involved with NAREB?  When I entered the real estate profession some 27 years ago, I quickly learned three important lessons. First, that to be successful I needed to collaborate with other African-Americans in the industry. Second, if I wanted to service African-American clients, I had to understand that African-Americans made different home purchase decisions than other ethnic groups. And third, that clients of one race are far more comfortable buying or selling their homes with real estate agents of their own race. Fortunately, an African-American agent associated with the same brokerage where I was working introduced me to the local chapter of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers. I immediately joined.
    Since that auspicious day, I have tried to do my best to help African-Americans and others navigate the real estate marketplace. I work to understand the special needs of minority audiences and spend time educating them about affordable and sustainable homeownership, along with the long-term financial benefits of ownership. As important, I have business relationships with real estate professionals, nationwide, willing to share their experiences that have helped to grow my business.
    The recession and foreclosure crisis had a disproportionate effect on the minority community. Why? What do you think NAREB can do to help avoid future crises?  
    There are several reasons for the disparity. Predatory lending practices, now well documented, that targeted minority home buyers. These unsustainable mortgage products were marketed and sold to unsuspecting and uninformed minority buyers to quench the thirst of Wall Street investors. These products hurt all American borrowers, but wreaked economic havoc in minority communities where almost 90 percent of family net worth was tied to homeownership. While we believe that the primary housing usage is for safe shelter, NAREB also realizes that long-term home ownership, and the equity realized, has traditionally provided minorities the opportunity to fund college tuitions, start up small businesses, and retirement income for aging homeowners. Another key factor rests in double-digit unemployment. Today, only 61 percent of African-Americans are in the workforce, the lowest number since 1982.
    How can NAREB help avoid future crises?
    We will be far more vigilant being advocates for "democracy in housing," which has been our association's guiding principle since our founding 66 years ago. As advocates, we believe it is our obligation to understand, speak up, and take action on any issue affecting African-Americans' ability to own an affordable and sustainable home in communities of their choice.
    What about lenders and others involved in the home-buying process?
    One of our major concerns today is access to mortgage capital. Down payment requirements have increased, financing costs have gone up, and in some cases by 100 percent. People who lost homes to foreclosure are now unable to restore wealth in the form of home equity. The Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 mandatesaffordable housing goals, including sustainable mortgage products designed to accommodate low- and low- to moderate-income families. NAREB wants to see these government mandates put to work.   
    The Act also calls for the housing GSEs [government-sponsored enterprises], Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, to provide leadership in the marketplace. Unfortunately, they got into trouble when both attempted to act like Wall Street and purchased subprime loans for profit as opposed to their normal, more measured practices. We need Fannie and Freddie to return to their original mission of providing liquidity to the marketplace through the purchase of loans underwritten to the borrower's ability to repay guidelines. The popular idea of moving mortgage financing to the private market ... to Wall Street ... is ridiculous. Isn't that where the crash just happened? We need real loans for real people at fair costs.
    As a real estate agent working in Ellicott City, you've spoken in the past about how white buyers make up a small portion of your business. Has that changed?
    Very little. As I mentioned earlier, as a rule people do business with other people with whom they are most comfortable. If that's a person's preference, the rule continues. African-Americans and other minorities feel comfortable with real estate professionals that look like them. Again, that's a preference and a comfort level.
    My brokerage provides quality real estate services to anyone looking for professionals with integrity and who are knowledgeable about the industry, the area, and who are there to walk them through the very complex process of buying or selling property. That's why I'm in business to provide a quality service to anyone regardless of race, color, gender or country of origin. I live as well as operate my brokerage in Howard County. I raised my family here. And yes, most of our business continues to come from Baltimore County residents and commercial businesses, but we're here and our door is open to everyone no matter where they live or who they are.
    You grew up in rural North Carolina in the 1960s and volunteered in the ninth grade to participate in the integration of the town's white high school. What was your experience like? Did it change over the course of four years?
    When I think back, I'm not really sure why I volunteered to integrate the area's senior high school. It wasn't the influence of my parents, or that of my siblings. I just did it. But I have to say, the experience was a horrible one. For the first two years of "voluntary" integration only 1 percent of the student body was African-American. Up to that point, I attended school from grade one to eight in an all-black school with all black teachers. And what a cultural shock it was for my buddy and me. So much so that I had to attend summer school to keep up with my educational studies.
    Every week we could count on two or three fights and taunting on the school bus. The bus driver at the time was a timid, young white girl in the junior or senior grade who didn't deal with the racial incidents that occurred. I learned a valuable lesson, however, from that experience. When I became a junior, I applied for and got the bus driver's position. And every student on the bus, black or white, had to abide by my rules! And if they didn't the students were reported and disciplined by the school authorities. Fair and equal opportunity justice!
    Donnell Spivey, Owner/broker: EXiT Spivey Professional Realty; president, National Association of Real Estate Brokers    
  • Wednesday, December 18, 2013 9:01 AM | Anonymous

    Earlier today I attended an internal NAACP strategy briefing on our plan for 2014.

    The takeaway: It’s going to take an unprecedented effort online and on the ground next year to protect, defend, and advance our movement for civil rights and human rights.

    That effort starts today. To achieve our ambitious plans for 2014, we must raise $100,000 in online donations by midnight on December 31.

    It’s never been more important for you to step off the sidelines and get involved. Make your first donation of $3 or more to the NAACP “Protect, Defend, Advance” campaign today.

    Support the Protect, Defend, Advance Campaign

    Hitting this goal is absolutely critical. It will allow us to focus on three key initiatives in 2014:

    • Protecting millions of our most vulnerable citizens from voter suppression efforts in states all over the nation.
    • Defending the safety of our sons and daughters, our nieces and nephews, and our grandchildren, as states consider gun safety legislation and revisions to “stand your ground” laws.
    • Advancing the gains we made this year in the fights against racial profiling and the death penalty, to ensure these efforts move forward unabated.

    These are noble goals. Be a part of our preparations for 2014 by making your first donation of $3 or more to the NAACP “Protect, Defend, Advance” campaign today:

    Thank you,

    Roslyn M. Brock
    Chairman, NAACP National Board of Directors

  • Wednesday, December 11, 2013 3:49 PM | Anonymous
    On the Confirmation of Mel Watt as the new Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA)

    Washington, D.C. - December 11, 2013 - The National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB) applauds the confirmation by the U.S. Senate of former Congressman Mel Watt as the new director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA).  The importance of his appointment cannot be overstated.  We believe the wisdom demonstrated by President Obama in selecting Mr. Watt for this position, signals a return to the founding missions of the two government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, established to enhance the availability of credit for affordable home purchase.
              Mr. Watt takes the helm of FHFA at a critical moment.  While the nation's economic turmoil appears to be ebbing, countless Americans in general, and minorities in particular, have lost their homes, or believe they can no longer afford to purchase a home.  NAREB whose mission is Democracy in Housing advocates for fairness in the marketplace and is counting on a chief regulator who understands the balance that must be kept to ensure the safety and the stability of the capital marketplace, but also the obligation to protect and preserve the right of affordable and sustainable homeownership for all of our Americans.
              NAREB's congratulations are based upon Mr. Watt's 20-year track record as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives' Financial Services Committee where he stood as a strong and constant voice for affordable housing.  We also applaud his record of protecting consumers against abusive financial practices, and his unwavering push against deceptive mortgage products.
              With this as backdrop, NAREB extends our unqualified support for Mel Watt as the new top housing regulator as head of FHFA. We believe he is the right person at the right time with the full vision to bring back into balance the FHFA mission to "ensure that the housing GSEs operate in a safe and sound manner so that they serve as a reliable source of liquidity and funding for housing finance and community investment."
    The National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB) was formed in 1947 out of a need to secure the right to equal housing opportunities, regardless of race, creed, or color. Since its inception, NAREB has participated in and promoted meaningful challenges and supported legislative initiatives to ensure fair housing for all Americans. Today, NAREB has 90 chapters located nationwide. For more information, visit the website at:
  • Friday, October 11, 2013 3:49 PM | Anonymous





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  • Wednesday, August 14, 2013 3:47 PM | Anonymous
    Baltimore, MD real estate professional sworn in as president of the
    National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB®) at group's
    66th Annual Convention

    Newly-elected president, Donnell Spivey delivering his remarks to hundreds of guests attending the gala dinner closing out NAREB's 66th National Convention in Denver, CO on August 7th.

    Washington, DC - August 13, 2013 -Members of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB®), installed real estate broker, Donnell Spivey to lead the nation's oldest minority professional trade group as its 28th president. Out-going president, Julius Cartwright, passed the ceremonial gavel during the culminating event of NAREB's 66th Annual Convention held August 4th through August 7th at the Denver, CO Grand Hyatt Denver. More than 500 attendees including NAREB Realtists®, financial services industry executives, homeownership advocates, asset managers and others in attendance applauded Mr. Spivey's vision for his two-year tenure. 

    In his first remarks as president, Mr. Spivey bringing nearly 28 years of deep-rooted experience in the real estate industry stated, "Together, we have maintained NAREB as the voice for people of color....As your president, I promise and look forward to representing our organization [NAREB] as we continue to work to achieve Democracy in Housing."

    Established in 1947 to ensure equal housing opportunity for African American homeowners and real estate professionals, NAREB has grown to 93 chapters, nationwide. Central to Mr. Spivey's platform is galvanizing the expertise and reach within each locally-based organization to ensure that NAREB's advocacy on behalf of homeownership opportunities for African Americans and other people of color remains in the forefront of local, state and federal policymakers.

    Other members of the new leadership team were also installed along with Mr. Spivey. Serving with him for a two-year term are: First Vice President, Ron Cooper of Los Angeles, CA; Second Vice President, Jeffrey Hicks of Atlanta, GA; Third Vice President, Donnell Williams of Newark, NJ, along with other members of the board of directors.

    Mr. Spivey's real estate brokerage, EXIT Spivey Professional Realty is located in Ellicott City, MD and serves the housing and commercial real estate needs of the Baltimore, MD metropolitan area in specific, and the State of Maryland. Active in his community, Donnell has been the recipient of numerous professional awards and civic recognitions for his commitment to equality in housing, industry integrity, and community development. Son of a Merry Hill, NC sharecropper located near Windsor, Spivey credits his success to hard work and his reliance on strong family values.
    Best regards,

    Your Board of Directors

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