NAREB

National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB)

NAREB: The National Overview

“Reimagining the Dream of Homeownership through Advocacy, Activism and Action”

Our national goal is to bring together the nation’s minority professionals in the real estate industry to promote the meaningful exchange of ideas about our business and how best to serve our clientele. We strive to create an environment where creativity flourishes in both the workplace and the marketplace.

To service our target market, we ensure that training and educational opportunities are available to our entire membership across the the many disciplines we represent ,providing certification and special designations in many areas of interest. Our ability to professionally service our client base is the foundation by which we operate.

NAREB was founded in 1947 , making it the oldest minority 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, we have participated in various meaningful challenges and legislative improvements to establish fair housing for all.

A board of directors governs NAREB and an executive committee comprised of members and leaders in the industry from across America. Each local chapter continuously accepts new members to join and actively become community real estate leaders. Contact a local chapter near you today!


Background, History, and Affiliates

The National Association of Real Estate Brokers, Inc. (NAREB) was founded in Tampa, Florida, in 1947 as an equal opportunity and civil rights advocacy organization for African American real estate professionals, consumers, and communities in an overtly racist America. Our purpose remains the same today in a covertly racially and economically discriminatory America, but we are more focused on economic opportunity than civil rights. Although composed principally of African Americans, the REALTIST© organization embraces all qualified real estate practitioners who are committed to achieving our vision, which is “Democracy in Housing”.

Local Black professional and real estate groups began forming in northern and southern communities in the 1880s. Most became members of the National Business League (NBL), founded by Booker T. Washington in the early 1900s. The NBL became the first advocacy association for Black national business trade organizations. Booker T. Washington was a noted businessman, educator, real estate investor, and advisor to several U. S. Presidents from the 1890s to the 1950s. Two local NAREB boards, founded in the 1920s in Harlem (NYC) and Dearborn (Chicago), represent the oldest, continuously active REALTIST © organizations that came out of the NBL and predate NAREB.

NAREB has played varying influential roles in the implementation of equal rights, fair housing, equal opportunity, and community development legislation at the local, state, and federal levels since its founding. Some significant policy achievements of NAREB were the first local fair housing legislation in 1962 in New York City, the first state fair housing legislation in 1963 in California, and the first national fair housing legislation in both 1947 and 1968. It was the 193 California legislation that propelled NAREB into national prominence.

Specifically, after the 1963 Byron Rumford Fair Housing Act became law when signed by then Governor Edmund Gerald “Pat” Brown, Sr., the California Association of Realtors, backed by the National Association of Realtors, launched a successful ballot initiative, calling its results discriminatory and, therefore, against the California constitution. California REALTIST © played the leading role in opposing the ballot initiative and arguing against it in the California Supreme Court. Although African Americans had been granted permission to join realtor organizations in many states, including California, the failed realtor effort exposed the discriminatory culture.

Other significant REALTIST © involved legislative achievements include the creation of HUD in 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the Community Reinvestment Act of 1977, the FIRREA in 1989, and establishing affordable housing goals for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in 1992, as well as the updates to each of these laws and the implementation of many associated new laws, regulations, and presidential orders to the present date. NAREB has a strong social activist history and culture of vigorously supporting equal opportunity and fair treatment in the real estate and community development marketplaces for African Americans. REALTIST © marketplaces, urban and rural, have changed from places to be avoided by non-Blacks to places of choice for most income, age, and ethnic/racial segments of American society, making them some of the most attractive real estate investments, workplaces, and cultural lifestyle areas in America.

NAREB continues to open doors that otherwise would remain closed to African American professionals and/or consumers. NAREB continuously strives to preserve and enhance its industry and community image with local and national government, business, and consumer interest organizations focusing on real estate and community development issues. We focus our professional practices on serving the needs of the undeserved.

NAREB is comprised of its affiliate organizations: The National Society of Real Estate Appraisers (1956), Real Estate Brokers Management Institute (1968), The Women’s Council of NAREB (1969), The Mortgage Bankers/Brokers Institute (1968), United Developers Council (1974), Commercial Industrial Division (1985), NAREB Investment Division (1986), Contractors Division (1987), Sales Division (1987), Housing Counselors (1994), the Young REALTIST © Division (1998), the NAREB NATPAC (2010), and State of Housing in Black America (SHIBA) (2011). NAREB, through its University of Real Estate, founded in 1986, and each affiliate, provides professional training and education for REALTIST © members

President Jeffrey Hicks

 Jeffrey’s primary goal as President of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB ®) is to continue the roll out of its Black Wealth through Home Ownership initiative – Two (2) Million New Black Homeowners by implementing an operational management system that supports the program and increases NAREB’s value through planning, structuring and organizational control.  NAREB is intensely focused on implementing initiatives that identify economic solutions, rebuild communities, increase real estate values, and elevate the rate of Black home ownership.

Charaka C Cook

Charaka currently serves as the Regional Vice President for the National Association of Real Estate Brokers.  As VPof Region V, Charaka covers chapters in North and South Carolina.  Charaka’s personal mission is to help people achieve their financial objectives and realize their strengths in order to take charge of their lives and leave a legacy for their family.  Charaka is a certified housing counselor specializing in foreclosure prevention. In addition, she operates a full service insurance agency.


Upon graduation, she attended the University of South Carolina – Columbia, SC and studied intensively as a liberal arts student.  Following banking, Charaka focused on more specific areas in financial services including mortgage lending and insurance.