HUGHESVILLE, Md. – The Southern Maryland Association of Realtors® (SMAR) recently announced that they will be partnering with the LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance to promote and foster diversity, equity, and inclusion among real estate professionals in southern Maryland.
The LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance, also known as just The Alliance, is a 501(c)(6) non-profit dedicated to empowering the LGBTQ+ community on the path to homeownership while advocating on behalf of the community on housing issues. The Alliance, founded in June 2020, is an all-inclusive organization that works to improve the professional lives of its members through a public-facing Alliance Referral Community.
SMAR 2021-2022 President Gregg G. Kantak officially signed the memorandum of understanding with the Alliance on January 28, 2022. Kantak is SMAR’s first openly Gay president.
“Southern Maryland Association of Realtors® is committed to the diversity of its members and the communities they serve,” Kantak said. “No better example of diversity inclusion is SMAR’s commitment to the LGBTQ+ community, whose members represent every aspect of our region’s, State’s and Nation’s ethnicities, religions, genders and gender identities, abilities, familial status, sexual orientations, age, and national origins. SMAR and the LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance will further our mutual awareness and continuing efforts to combat discrimination challenges facing LGBTQ+ homebuyers.”
The Alliance was launched in June 2020 by leading members of the real estate industry. The organization began accepting members in October 2020 and now has more than 50 chapters in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Their position as an organization was enhanced after officially partnering with the National Association of Realtors in May 2021.
The Alliance is dedicated to enhancing the professional lives of our members while providing consumers with the proper resources to assist in buying, selling, and enjoying their homes.
For more information about the LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance, visit
realestatealliance.org. For more information on SMAR’s LGBTQ+ collaboration and the Alliance-Certified Ally Certification Course, contact Aisha Holmes, SMAR’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee Chair by emailing [email protected]
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The Southern Maryland Association of Realtors® represents the largest trade organization in the southern Maryland region, advocating on behalf of over 1800 members and affiliates. SMAR advocates for property rights and provides information regarding the local real estate market.