Empire Board of Realtists The Atlanta Chapter of The National Association of Real Estate Brokers, Inc.

About Us

History and Mission

The Empire Real Estate Board, Inc. (EREB) was organized in 1939 by seven black real estate brokers who were dissatisfied with the status quo" relating to housing conditions in Atlanta for blacks. Additionally, they were dissatisfied with the conditions for black real estate practitioners and were denied membership in the National Association of Realtors (NAR) trade organization.

The Founding Members were: W. H. Aiken, John G. Allen, O. T. Bell, Wendell Cunningham, Roger Henderson, J. R. Wilson, Jr. and N. D. Jones.In the 1940’s black real estate professionals all across America formed similar local organizations to address the conditions for Black consumers and real estate practitioners in their communities. And, they determined the need to form a national real estate trade association to address their common needs. 

Thus, in 1947 twelve pioneers, one woman and eleven men hailing from seven states across the country met in Tampa, Florida, to form the National Association of Real Estate Brokers, Inc. (NAREB); making it the oldest minority trade association in America. It was there that the “REALTIST” name was branded. It was formed out of a need to secure the right to equal housing opportunities regardless of race, creed, or color.

Since its inception, Realtists have participated in various meaningful challenges and legislative improvements, to establish fair housing for all. The Empire Real Estate Board, Inc., and more than 90 other local boards have since joined the National Association of Real Estate Brokers, Inc., as local chapters




 
 
EBR'S 2017 OFFICERS COURT

EBR's  2017 OFFICERS COURT


A Big Thank you to the 2016 leadership team great job. Now looking forward to 2017 with the leadership team to continue to raise awareness and carried the torch for democracy in housing. For us to continue to live up to the Legacy of the Empire Board of Realtists. 2017 is even going to be a better year for our board and its members.

 

WE ARE REALTIST


The mid 50's spawned the birth of EREB's first Awards and Installation Banquet, chaired by W. L. (Bill) Calloway. Subsequently, at each annual banquet the "Distinguished Service Awards" were presented to outstanding community leaders for meritorious achievements. The first recipient of this award was the late E. M. Martin, Vice President and Secretary of Atlanta Life Insurance Company. In addition, members of EREB who have contributed outstanding service and professionalism in the real estate industry are presented such awards as "REALTIST of the Year", "Broker of the Year", "Salesperson of the Year" and “Allied Member of the Year”.Since the inception of the Board’s annual Awards and Scholarship Gala, the Empire Board has awarded numerous scholarships to deserving high school, college, graduate school students as well as to students obtaining professional real estate related training who have gone on to become industry leaders in the public and private sector throughout the country. 

 

The Empire Board has awarded approximately one half million dollars in scholarships to deserving students attending Atlanta area colleges and schools, and other accredited institutions around the country. During this annual event, the Board has also, recognized community leaders and organizations from throughout metropolitan Atlanta and the state of Georgia for their distinguished service to the areas of real estate, community development, business, public service and, religion. Among those whom the Board has honored with its Distinguished Service and special Recognition Awards are Ambassador Andrew Young, Mayor Maynard Jackson, Jesse Hill Jr., Coretta King, Harold A. Dawson, Sr., Rev., Dr., Cameron Alexander, H. J. Russell, Egbert Perry, Herbert Cohn, Bank of America, Chase, Citizens Trust Bank, SunTrust Bank, Wells Fargo Bank, Ga. Housing & Finance Authority (a/k/a DCA), and Home Depot and many others. 

EDCUATION AND TRAINING

 
 

In honor and memory of the late Q. V. Williamson, Sr., EREB established the Q. V. Williamson Memorial Scholarship Fund to assist deserving students in their pursuit of real estate education. EREB took giant steps in education by first, awarding a monetary grant to the Morehouse College Real Estate Institute and secondly, annually awarding monetary scholarships for students attending Clark Atlanta University or any of the colleges affiliated with the Atlanta University Center. Under the chairmanship of Delories Gibson, the EREB Education Committee received its largest educational grant of $18,900.00 from the Georgia Real Estate Commission for the development of three thirty (30) hour post licensing courses: "Management of Housing for the Elderly," "Inner City Property Valuation" and "Commercial Property Sales and Leasing." Through its Education Committee, chaired by Delories Gibson, EREB organized its first Student Chapter The Empire Board of Realtists, Inc.

 Through the years EREB has played a viable role in the Atlanta area in donating and supporting such organizations as SCLC, NAACP, United Negro College Fund, Urban League and various community and charitable fund-raising groups. 


September 11, 1991 saw the opening of EREB's School of Real Estate - an approved school that offers Salespersons and Broker Pre-License Courses. L.S. Conn was School Director and Barbara Ann Alexander its Coordinator. EREB's Education Program grew extensively in 1991-1992 under the direction of Maria Williamson-Johnson, and another grant was obtained from the GREC. Several other courses and seminars were added.



Community Service and Scholarship Awards

The mid 50's spawned the birth of EREB's first Awards and Installation Banquet, chaired by W. L. (Bill) Calloway. Subsequently, at each annual banquet the "Distinguished Service Awards" were presented to outstanding community leaders for meritorious achievements. The first recipient of this award was the late E. M. Martin, Vice President and Secretary of Atlanta Life Insurance Company. In addition, members of EREB who have contributed outstanding service and professionalism in the real estate industry are presented such awards as "REALTIST of the Year", "Broker of the Year", "Salesperson of the Year" and “Allied Member of the Year”.Since the inception of the Board’s annual Awards and Scholarship Gala, the Empire Board has awarded numerous scholarships to deserving high school, college, graduate school students as well as to students obtaining professional real estate related training who have gone on to become industry leaders in the public and private sector throughout the country. The Empire Board has awarded approximately one half million dollars in scholarships to deserving students attending Atlanta area colleges and schools, and other accredited institutions around the country. During this annual event, the Board has also, recognized community leaders and organizations from throughout metropolitan Atlanta and the state of Georgia for their distinguished service to the areas of real estate, community development, business, public service and, religion. Among those whom the Board has honored with its Distinguished Service and special Recognition Awards are Ambassador Andrew Young, Mayor Maynard Jackson, Jesse Hill Jr., Coretta King, Harold A. Dawson, Sr., Rev., Dr., Cameron Alexander, H. J. Russell, Egbert Perry, Herbert Cohn, Bank of America, Chase, Citizens Trust Bank, SunTrust Bank, Wells Fargo Bank, Ga. Housing & Finance Authority (a/k/a DCA), and Home Depot and many others.



Corporate Name Change and Continuing Legacy 


In February 1995 the late Porter Sanford, III, then EREB President proposed a resolution for an organizational name change. By action of the Board of Directors and the general membership, the organization’s name became the Empire Board of Realtists, Inc. (EBR). This action branded the organization with its parent organization’s thrust to identify all local chapters of NAREB with the REALTIST trademark. With the dawning of the twenty-first century, changes in technology and shifting market conditions have created new opportunities and challenges for the Empire Board. To address these changes, the Board sanctioned the formation of and empowered the Empire Real Estate Board Foundation a/k/a The EREB Foundation, Inc., to carry out the mandates of community development, education, technological research, and global expansion critical for preparing members to grow and compete in the ever changing environments in which they must have the skills sets necessary to strive and be competitive. This non-profit organization was created to partner with the EBR and ensure the legacy of the Empire Board continues to be a viable force in the community while helping to expand the resources needed to carry out the mandates of a new generation of Realtists. Through diligent work to fulfill its purpose, and being ever cognizant of its plight, the organization continues to serve all citizens within its boundaries. As stated by past president Q. V. Williamson, "A free man's most cherished dream is to own his own home, in the place of his choice." EBR continues to dedicate its energies toward making this dream come true. Our motto "Democracy in Housing" truly provides the stimuli and stamina for EBR to remain an important institution in the economic engine of metropolitan Atlanta and the state of Georgia.