Today marks the start of Hispanic Heritage Month in the United States, which stretches from September 15th to October 15th each year. This month-long commemorative time has been celebrated since 1988, and stands to recognize the achievements and contributions of Hispanic Americans.
The date of September 15 was chosen as it marks the anniversary of independence for five different Hispanic countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Additionally, Belize, Chile, and Mexico all celebrate their independence days during this month-long period.
One useful tool in learning more about Hispanic Heritage Month and the lasting contributions of the Hispanic community is The Library of Congress’ website commemorating the month. On the website, you can find documents, exhibits, films, blog posts, and more from the National Archive and Presidential Libraries that highlight Hispanic culture. As REALTORS®, we are in the business of people and it’s crucial that we do our best to learn about and celebrate those around us.
According to NAR, Hispanic Americans make up 18.4% of the nation’s population (and are the largest ethnic or racial minority), yet have the lowest homeownership rate of any other racial or ethnic group at 48%. While 1.8 million more Hispanic Americans have become homeowners since 2010, there is still room to grow and champion homeownership in the Hispanic community.
One step towards this was taken last year when, at the end of Hispanic Heritage Month, NAR launched the ‘NAR en Español’ website. This site was an important milestone for Spanish-speaking membership and home owners; NAR en Español offers users a fully-Spanish sub site to the association’s main page, nar.realtor. By offering support to Spanish-speakers, this asset helps to embrace and engage the Hispanic community of REALTORS®, buyers, and sellers.
We hope to continue transforming the industry through strides forward like this, and we hope that you’ll join us this month in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month.
To learn more about National Hispanic Heritage Month, go here: https://www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov/
To read more about Hispanic homeownership in the United States, go here: https://www.nar.realtor/blogs/economists-outlook/hispanic-heritage-month-hispanic-home-owners
To learn more about NAR en Español, go here: https://www.nar.realtor/newsroom/as-hispanic-heritage-month-draws-to-close-nar-launches-nar-en-espanol-website