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How Diversifying the Real Estate Agent Profession Can Benefit Both Homebuyers and Agents of Color

Households of color are a growing share of the US population, but they are less likely to achieve homeownership relative to white households. Achieving greater diversity in the real estate agent profession could help boost housing outcomes for households of color. But as the profession seeks to diversify, ensuring that real estate agents of color achieve equal success is critical. Doing so could ensure that the public policy tools being employed to boost housing market outcomes for households of color are sustainable.

Join the Urban Institute for a discussion about sustainably diversifying the real estate agent profession to benefit both homebuyers and agents of color. Speakers will present recent research findings on the state of the profession and outcomes for agents of color. The research evidence will be followed by a panel discussion with real estate industry leaders, who will share their thoughts on key steps to close diversity gaps in the profession and ensure that agents of color thrive.


  • Hope Atuel, CEO and Executive Director, Asian American Real Estate Association of America
  • Ryan Davis, Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, National Association of REALTORS®
  • Jessica Lautz, Deputy Chief Economist and Vice President of Research, National Association of REALTORS®
  • Michael Neal, Principal Research Associate and Equity Scholar, Urban Institute
  • Lydia Pope, President, National Association of Real Estate Brokers
  • Jaimie Smeraski, Policy Learning and Research Director, National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals


We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. Please email [email protected] if you require any accommodations or have any questions about this event.

Urban Institute Speaker
  • Senior Fellow