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The relative rarity of banks in nonwhite neighborhoods is exacerbating the racial wealth gap by leaving African Americans more reliant on expensive financial services such as payday lending institutions, according to Reuters, citing research by McKinsey & Co.
The study found that majority-white counties have an average of 41 financial institutions per 100,000 people, compared to 27 in non-white majority neighborhoods.
It also found banks in majority-black neighborhoods tend to require a higher minimum account balance, with an average minimum of $871 in black neighborhoods compared to $626 in white neighborhoods.
“Black families are being underserved and overcharged by institutions that can provide the best channels for saving,” McKinsey partners Shelley Stewart and Jason Wright wrote in the report.
Racial wealth disparities have widened in recent decades, according to Reuters. In 2016, the average white family had a net worth of $171,000, more than 10 times the median net worth of $17,600 among black families.
Closing the gap would bring a spike in investments and consumption that could increase gross domestic product as much as 6 percent by 2028, according to McKinsey.
The wealth gap has become an issue in the presidential race as well, with Sen. Elizabeth Warren(D-Mass.) publishing a plan to give $7 billion to minority entrepreneurs and expand the Community Reinvestment Act.
“We must right the wrong and, after generations of discrimination, give black families a real shot at homeownership, historically one of the most powerful drivers of wealth,” Harris said at the Essence Festival in New Orleans.
This article is taken from the website of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers.
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Charlotte Crown Black Real Estate Association members attended the 2019 National Association of Real Estate Brokers Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Pictured are Patricia Ledbetter, Alece Alexander (Secretary), Toni Jones, Tawanda Burney (2nd Vice President), Art Cotton (Treasurer), Sandra Norman (Marketing Committee Chair), Antonio Worsham (1st Vice President), Kelly Panaro (Assistant Treasurer), Wendell Hill and Stephone Johnson. Also pictured is Charaka Cook, member of South Carolina Chapter of NAREB. MJ Watkins (Board of Directors Chair) also attended.
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Charlotte Crown Realtist Association was chartered in 2004. Charlotte Crown/NAREB are known as ‘Realtist’ and focus on promoting the highest standards of professional integrity. The organization is driven by its mission of creating "Democracy in Housing" and currently has an initiative to increase Black home ownership by 2 million over the next 5 years. The strategic vision of Charlotte Crown
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Empower our communities to
increase home ownership through
education, financing and other resources; as well as provide economic and professional development opportunities for our membership.
Charlotte Crown Realtist Association is the local chapter of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB). NAREB was founded in 1947, as an equal opportunity and civil rights advocacy organization for African American Real Estate Professionals, Consumers, and Communities. NAREB has fought to ensure that African-Americans and other minorities received fair treatment in all real estate transactions. NAREB is the oldest minority trade association and its members are known as ‘Realtist’ and focus on promoting the highest standards of professional integrity. NAREB's holds a vision of creating "Democracy In Housing" in the Greater Charlotte Area. With our diverse membership base, we focus on every facet of the real estate market.
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