Jeff Berger is the CEO and founder of the National Association of Gay and Lesbian Real Estate Professionals (NAGLREP), a 501(c)(3) non-profit that advocates on behalf of the LGBT community within housing, as well as an LGBT and allied network of practitioners in real estate. As CEO, Berger manages the organization’s operations, including its events and fair housing strategy.
With Berger at the helm, NAGLREP is advocating for the expansion of fair housing to include LGBT members; under the Fair Housing Act as it stands, sexual orientation and gender identity are not protected. According to 2018 findings by Freddie Mac, “fear of discrimination” is a chief concern for LGBT homebuyers.
To bring the cause to the forefront, NAGLREP hosted its second annual LGBT Housing Policy Summit this spring, where Berger and other constituents met with policymakers and representatives in Washington, D.C. NAGLREP supports S. 1006, the Equality Act, which would amend the Civil Rights Act, and H.R. 1447, the Fair and Equal Housing Act of 2017, which would amend the Fair Housing Act, both to include LGBT protections. In October, amid NAGLREP’s biggest conference to date, Realogy announced its support of H.R. 1447.
Since Berger founded NAGLREP in 2007, it has grown to more than 2,000 members across 22 chapters in 18 states. Of his approach to business, Berger, a REALTOR® with Coldwell Banker in Jupiter, Fla., says: