Real estate brokers and real estate agents are likely expecting higher licensing fees.
Earlier this week, the State Assembly passed A.5363 with a 113-35 vote, with MPs Andrew Goodell, R.-Jamestown, and Joe Giglio, R.-Govanda, voting against the measure. The state Senate passed bill S.2133 in February by 45 votes to 17, voted against by State Senator George Borrello, R-Gowanda. Fees for real estate brokers will increase by $ 30 and fees for real estate agents will increase by $ 10. The increased money will be used to test the fairness of housing conditions across the state.
“This reminds me of the motto of our state -“Excelsior“- which, as you all know, means always up”, Goodell said. “This seems to be our motto when it comes to fees and costs, which I understand is a little different from when this motto was first chosen, when we talked about constant improvement in terms of economic opportunity and progress. It may be a small amount, but this is another price and increase that we impose on this beleaguered industry, and for this reason I will oppose it and recommend the same to my colleagues. “
Assemblyman Kimberly Jean-Pierre, Lindenhurst State Representative and Assembly Bill sponsor, said pair testing is a tool for identifying and eliminating discrimination in housing. Mechanisms such as coded language, governance, unequal service provision and higher financial demands on minorities are being used to maintain residential segregation, she said. The introduction of a license fee surcharge for brokers and agents will provide funding dedicated to statewide equity testing, including but not limited to pair testing practices.
Jean-Pierre also cited a 2019 Newsday article titled “Divided Long Island” this has blamed overt and implicit bias in real estate for housing discrimination. In a series of newspapers, it has been reported that some Long Island real estate agents refer clients to specific areas based on perceived race or ethnicity. In response, Nassau County appointed a dedicated housing consultant, pledged to strengthen compliance with open housing laws, strengthened the Nassau County Human Rights Commission, and established the Fair Housing Advisory Board.
Suffolk County hired an outside agency to screen for housing discrimination, strengthened the county’s Human Rights Commission, and began raising awareness of fair housing laws.
“Two years ago, Newsday published the disturbing results of a three-year investigation that revealed widespread division and unequal treatment of prospective minority home buyers and minority communities on Long Island.” – said Jean-Pierre. “This investigation confirmed what many of us already know is true – that there are certain attackers in real estate agencies who discriminate against people of color and direct certain people to certain communities based on their skin color – a practice that does not take place in our society. … When we look at how our communities and school districts are divided, it partly explains why districts in low-income communities cannot get the resources they rightly deserve, because we had realtors who took people away from life. one community versus another community because of their skin color and because of their financial history. This will allow us to set aside a specific fund – and this is not to raise any taxes – but a specific fund will be set aside through the Attorney General’s office to conduct fairer testing in our beautiful New York State so that people of color can live. wherever they want, and they don’t have to fear bad actors. If there is, they will be punished. “