Our organization was founded in 1947, making it the oldest minority trade association in America. It was formed out of a need to secure the right to equal housing opportunities regardless of race, creed, or color. Since its inception, NAREB and its members have been advocates for democracy in housing. The National Association of Real Estate Brokers was formed in 1947 by African-American real estate professionals out of a need to secure the right to equal housing opportunities, regardless of race, creed, or color. For more than 60 years, NAREB has participated in meaningful legal challenges and has supported legislative initiatives that ensure the availability of fair and affordable housing for all Americans. Members of the national chapter are referred to as REALTIST®.
The Austin chapter was restarted in June 2012 with the leadership of Marian Williams, J.Rene Ward, Daffney Henry, and Robert Wright. Based on their over 60 years of combined real estate experience in the Austin market, the consensus was a voice for black real estate professionals needed to have a platform to voice concerns related to the lack of democracy in housing from real estate professionals engaged in our community. The goal is grow a diverse membership of real estate and non-real estate business with an interest in a common goal - expanding options and access to safe, decent, and affordable housing in Austin.