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Charting the course for increased homeownership in the Black community with NAREB – Episode 37 

Dr. Courtney Johnson Rose, President of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB)

Charting the course for increased homeownership in the Black community with NAREB

In honor of Women's History Month, we interview Dr. Courtney Johnson Rose, current president of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB). She shares insights gleaned over the course of her impressive career, from property-flipping whiz kid to leading real estate broker and developer. We also discuss NAREB's mission to increase Black homeownership in America, spotlighting NAREB’s ambitious “Two Million New Black Homeowners (2Mn5)” program. Finally, Dr. Rose gives us a tour of NAREB's other educational initiatives, like their “Building Black Wealth Tour,” designed to tear down the barriers detailed in the 2023 State of Housing in Black America (SHIBA) report.

The opinions and insights expressed in this Q&A are solely those of its interviewee and do not necessarily represent the views of either Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corporation or any of its parent, affiliates, or subsidiaries (collectively, “MGIC”). Neither MGIC nor any of its officers, directors, employees or agents makes any representations or warranties of any kind regarding the soundness, reliability, accuracy or completeness of any opinion, insight, recommendation, data, or other information contained in this blog, or its suitability for any intended purpose.

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Dr. Courtney Johnson Rose, NAREB

Dr. Courtney Johnson Rose, President of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB)

Dr. Rose serves as president of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers, the premier network of Black real estate professionals and one of the oldest minority trade associations in the country with over 100 chapters nationwide. Courtney began her career as a project management consultant at Accenture, the world’s leading consulting company. In 2002, she earned a Texas real estate broker license and joined her family’s real estate firm, GEJ Development, as a real estate developer and broker specializing in development services, owner representation, master planning, and residential and commercial brokerage services. In 2019, Courtney became CEO of GEJ, and under her leadership, the company has procured contracts with major institutions such as Texas Southern University, the Harris Center of Mental Health, Houston Independent School District, the City of Houston, FDIC, and several banks, small businesses, and families.

Courtney is also part of the Community Collective for Houston, which recently acquired The Power Center, a 110,000-square-foot multipurpose facility that includes a small business incubator, event center, urban farm, and private school. Courtney previously chaired the Texas Association of African America Chambers, a statewide network of over 25 Black chambers of commerce. The Office of the Texas Governor appointed Courtney as a director of the Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation (TSAHC). Courtney has been a member of NAREB for over 20 years, and she has been recognized as Realtist of the Year by her local board, state association, Region XII, and the national association. Courtney also was awarded the local board President award twice during her tenure as local board president of the Houston Black Real Estate Association.

Courtney holds a bachelor’s degree in economics, a master’s degree in community development, and a doctorate in organizational leadership. She is a certified project management professional (PMP) and a certified commercial investment member (CCIM). Since 2008, she has served as a faculty member and adjunct professor for Prairie View A&M University, where she teaches land development and real estate courses.

Several organizations and media outlets have recognized Courtney for her professional success and contributions to the community. Courtney has been featured several times by Black Enterprise magazine and has appeared on the covers of Empower, Real Estate Executive, Houston Realtor, and National Realtor publications. In 2013, she created and hosted an informative real estate show entitled Real Estate Today that appeared on Comcast and has appeared several times on HGTV. Courtney is married with 2 children. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and being active in the community through her sorority, Delta Sigma Theta.