History

NAREB Twin Cities is the local chapter of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB).  NAREB was founded in 1947, as an equal opportunity and civil rights advocacy organization for African American Real Estate Professionals, Consumers, and Communities.  NAREB has fought to ensure that African-Americans and other minorities received fair treatment in all real estate transactions.  NAREB is the oldest minority trade association and its members are known as ‘Realtist’ and focus on promoting the highest standards of professional integrity.  NAREB's holds a vision of creating "Democracy In Housing" in the Greater Charlotte Area.  With our diverse membership base, we focus on every facet of the real estate market.

 

Our Mission

 

Empower our communities to increase home ownership through education, financing and other resources; as well as provide economic and professional development opportunities for our membership.  

Realtists Are...

Realtists include Real Estate Brokers, Mortgage Originators, Real Estate Attorneys, Appraisers, Home & Pest Inspectors, Property Managers, Real Estate Instructors, Insurance Professionals, Handyman, and More...  Realtists promote the highest standards of professional integrity by following a strict code of ethics pursuant to professional certifications and accreditation. Realtists advocate for public policies that protect and expand sustainable affordable housing and home ownership.

 

MEET OUR REALTISTS

 
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PRESIDENT

Julia Israel

Julia Israel is a licensed REALTOR®, Productivity Coach and Trainer for Keller Williams Integrity Realty. She acquired her real estate license in 2001 and her real estate broker license in 2007.

Over the past 16 years she has owned several real estate related businesses and served hundreds of REALTORS®.

Julia has a passion for building stronger communities by promoting homeownership, especially in diverse neighborhoods. As a certified Homestretch instructor with the MN Homeownership Center, she educates people about the home buying process and assists them in achieving their homeownership dreams.

Julia Israel is the co-founder and Chair of Umoja Community Development Corporation (UCDC), a non-profit organization that works to build inclusive communities where all people can attain homeownership and benefit from community development.

 
 

 
 
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Board Chair 

Aarica Coleman

Aarica Coleman is a Senior Project Coordinator at City of Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED) in 1-4 unit residential real estate development and a real estate Broker with Metro Elite Realty. She has over 17 years public and private real estate industry experience including private and corporate representation, public administration, affordable housing, multi-family and single family housing development and mortgage financing. Aarica currently volunteers as Board Chair of the Twin Cities chapter of National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB).

Aarica has a passion and strong commitment to help those who are marginalized and structurally disenfranchised improve the trajectory of their lives and communities through homeownership, economic and political education.

 
 

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PAST PRESIDENT

Richelle Taylor 

Richelle Taylor is a residential real estate veteran with 18 years combined experience as an agent, administrator, and loan originator.  Due to Richelle’s in depth knowledge of both the real estate market and loan processes, she is an ally to all clients. As a first time homebuyer trainer, she also naturally brings an educational lens to her clients. This approach helps empower them to make the best financial decisions to reach their homeownership goals.

In addition to her work as a real estate agent, she is the founder of Twin Cities NAREB (National Association of Real Estate Brokers), and the SPAAR Diversity Chair for 2017. She is also a member of the governor’s task force on housing. Originally from the Midwest, Richelle graduated from Concordia College with a degree in Marketing Management and Innovation.

 
 

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TREASURER 

Trent Bowman 

Trent Bowman is VP, Community Development Officer. “Trent is responsible for further developing KleinBank’s relationships with community leaders and organizations to assess and bring meaningful banking solutions to the needs of our communities.”

Mr. Bowman’s 20 years of experience includes recently serving as AVP/CRA-Residential Lending Officer at Associated Bank and previous roles at Wells Fargo, M&I Bank, and Centennial Mortgage. His emphasis will be on first-time homebuyers and the supporting programs that help them better understand the home buying process along with the responsibilities that go with being a homeowner.

Mr. Bowman serves on a number of committees with the goal to bridge the gap amongst minority home buyers. These organizations include: Local Initiative Support Corp (LISC) Advisory Council, Homeownership Opportunity Alliance (HOI), Minneapolis Urban league, Model Cities, NAREB, NEDA, and Neighborhood Economic Opportunity Network (NEON). He is a graduate of Minneapolis Community College.

 
 

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MEMBER

Nicole Wright 

Nicole Wright is Vice President of Diverse Segments Business Development for Wells Fargo Funding and Charitable Giving Manager for the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation. She holds a Master of Public Affairs in Housing and Community Development from the University Of MN Humphrey School Of Public Affairs and a Bachelor of Arts self-designed major, “Perspectives on Social Inequality and Difference.” 

She is a 2016 Emmy Recipient as Project Advisor for Make Money Work: Financial documentary with PBS – Twin Cities Public Television and named 2017 Top Women in Finance by Finance and Commerce.  Nicole grew up on the East Side area of St. Paul and has been a resident of North Minneapolis for 17 years where she is raising her family. 

 
 

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Member

Tre Adams

Tre Adams is a licensed REALTOR with Keller Williams Integrity Lakes Realty. Born and raised in the heart of Minneapolis, he is an entrepreneur by nature and always strives to exceed expectations. Tre encompasses hard work and dedication to his clients and his career. With over 5 years of experience as a mortgage loan officer Tre quickly found success as a real estate agent and was named the 2017 Keller Williams Regional Rookie of the Year.
Receiving a five-star review on Zillow, Tre has built his business on referrals from loyal clientele. You can expect Tre to implement the highest standards of integrity and honesty at all times. As a community advocate, Tre spends his time educating and applying his expertise throughout the Twin Cities by teaching the Minnesota Homeownership Center approved 'Homestretch' classes to first time home buyers. 
Whether you are first-time homebuyer, transitioning to your dream home, or selling your home, Tre is passionate about helping you achieve your goals.  

 
 

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BOARD MEMBER

Lisa Carter 

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Realtor, GRI, Realist 

Lisa has been in Real Estate for over 17 years . Her niche has been working with first time buyers . She has always serviced the twin cities metro area .She is passionate about helping minorities obtain home ownership, and building relationships that last beyond the closing .

 
 
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BOARD MEMBER

Henry Rucker

Henry Rucker, a lifelong resident of the Twin Cities, brings to Banneker Realty, LLC a wealth of community knowledge and connections. With over 20 years of experience in the real estate and banking industry, Henry has done a vast amount of his work in the urban communities, and knows firsthand of the struggles and success’ people in urban communities have. He works hard to give people the information they need to make informed decisions that will have an impact on their life, he constantly asks himself “If I was the person on the other side of the table what would I want to know?” Henry found a renewed commitment to community after the birth of his daughter, when he reflected on what the community afforded him through life; strong neighborhoods, family comradery, sense of community, activities for kids, a place where family were accountable to each other.  Henry is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University, with a BA in Business with a concentration in Marketing, and is a Life member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity whose main mission is community service, and because of this he has committed himself to serving his community.

 
 
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Member

Raashida Shelton

Raashida Shelton, a real estate professional partnered with Keller Williams Realty #1 top producing franchise in the nation. Raashida has built her business based on her values and beliefs that businesses are relationship based. Her beliefs are influenced from her academic background in the Human Service sector. Raashida has graduated from Metropolitan State University in St. Paul Minnesota, and is also currently pursuing her Masters in Nonprofit and Administration. Why real estate? Raashida comes from humble beginnings born in the heart of Minneapolis, passionate about advocating and promoting home ownership for minority and low income families. She is the first member of her family to strike an interest in real estate. It is crucial for her to share with her community, family, and friends how valuable real estate can be to them and their families creating an unforgettable experience.

 
 

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Member

Conor Hesch 

Conor’s 13yrs of experience and proven desire to go the extra mile gives you the winning edge so you can live happily ever after in your dream home!  He is well versed in forgivable grants, down payment assistance, and niche hyper-local community lending products.  Working with Conor to buy your next home means you have an expert on your side.

 

Specialization: First-time homebuyers, down payment assistance programs, first-time duplex investors

 

 

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