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Every week on The DownloadInman’s Christy Murdock takes a deeper look at the most read stories of the week to give you what you need to get you through Monday. This week: What the hell is going on in property management?

It seems like the past year has been full questions and allegations aimed at exposing problematic ethical, professional and, in some cases, criminal behavior among the upper echelons of industry and brokerage firm management.

  • Keller Williams, Coldwell Banker, eXp Realty and others are faces a new lawsuit claims they discriminated against lower-income tenants in New Jersey.
  • The CEO of several Keller Williams offices filed suit against the franchisor, co-founder Gary Keller and former CEO John Davis, who accused him of sexual harassment and abuse.
  • The Residential Real Estate Board removed President Pam Ruggeroli from her position amid allegations that Ruggeroli violated a directive involving her romantic partner of 12 years, Jean Savard.
  • Two board members Greater Tampa Realtors have resigned from their positions following a conflict of interest investigation involving the association’s president and CEO – and a third are considering resignation.
  • Questions have been raised about the NAR’s vetting of political candidates it supports openly discriminatory legislationpotential violation of Article 10 of the Code of Ethics for real estate agencies.

Then came this week’s latest and most read story on Inman:

A new lawsuit accuses the National Association of Realtors of racial and sexual discrimination, alleging that President Kenny Parcell harassed female employees — one of whom says she was fired after breaking up with him.

Janelle Brevard and her attorneys filed the lawsuit Tuesday in federal court. Brevard served as NAR’s chief storyteller from August 2019 to September 2022 and never had any performance or disciplinary issues at the trade organization, according to the lawsuit’s complaint. However, the complaint alleges that Brevard was harassed and ultimately fired after he severed his relationship with Parcell and spoke with attorneys. She was also singled out, the complaint alleges, because she was black.

Parcell’s name is mentioned repeatedly throughout the complaint, but only NAR is named as the actual defendant in the lawsuit.

are not you tired? When you see a new scandal or a new explanation for discriminatory behavior—whether subtle microaggressions or overt political decisions—do you feel like giving up?

The natural reaction in times like these is to throw up your hands and say, “What the hell is wrong with these people?” I’d say that’s the exact opposite of the impulse these stories are supposed to inspire. Instead, throw your hat in the ring for your own leadership position.

Handing over control of real estate organizations and businesses to the worst instincts of executives is not the answer to anything. Instead, it’s time for all the tired ones to take on new responsibilities.

If you love the industry but are frustrated by the leadership slumps you’re seeing, do better. Don’t let others navigate for you; now you are the captain

You know that old saying, “I’d rather wear out than rust out?” This has never been more apt. Rather than sit back and shake your head at the problems you see, today we encourage you to be active and be the change you want to see.

Even before the latest scandalous allegations broke this week, we urged you to get busy by getting into leadership at the local, regional and national levels. Here are this week’s calls to action, tailored just for you.

Don’t like what you see in management? 10 ways to get involved

As NAR’s latest lawsuit shows, the industry needs leaders. why not you The decisions that are made every day—in committees, boards, city councils, and planning commissions—affect the future of our industry and our communities. Learn how to volunteer, mentor, and more, and find out where to go to get started.

Raise your hand please! Here’s how to get involved with Inman

There’s a leadership gap in content creation and publishing, writes Senior Editor and Head of Inman’s Contributor Program Dani Vanderboegh. It means that the perspectives we see are shaped by thought leaders who are predominantly straight, white and male. Vandeboegh shares why it’s so important to raise your voice, contribute to the industry (in some form), and improve yourself.

NEXT: “We’re in this together” — How women are trying to thrive in reality

The anti-LGBTQ+ movement IS a real estate issue. Here’s why

Erin Morrison, president of the LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance and a proud 2023 Texas Realtor, is afraid. And so are some of your clients. Things have gotten so bad that the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest LGBTQ+ advocacy group, has issued a travel advisory warning members of the community against relocating or traveling to Florida. At the same time, Texas continues its onslaught of laws that openly discriminate against people who are part of the LGBTQ+ community. Here’s why Morrison says now is the time to worry.

WATCH: Event with “Color of Law” author Richard Rothstein

Dr. Lee Davenport has spent her career articulating and promoting greater levels of understanding and engagement regarding issues of equity and fair housing. Don’t miss this interview with the person who literally wrote the book on these issues, Richard Rothstein, and co-author of his latest book, Just Action, Leah Rothstein. If you feel like the problems are too big and intractable, you will be inspired to take action in your corner of the real estate world.

Christy Murdock is a freelance writer, coach and consultant and owner Real estate writing. Connect with real estate writing at Instagram and subscribe to the weekly digest, Ketchup.



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