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Ernest ‘Ernie’ Reyes, co-founder of National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals, dies at 72

Broker was a 'passionate voice for Latino rights'

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Ernest "Ernie" Reyes, co-founder of the 21,000-member national trade group the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals, died Saturday after a brief illness at age 72. The San Diego-based real estate broker co-founded NAHREP in 1999 with Gary Acosta, with the goal of increasing Hispanic homeownership by supporting Latino real estate professionals who serve the Hispanic community. NAHREP now has 40 chapters across the nation. In a statement, NAHREP called Reyes a "passionate voice for Latino rights" -- a 40-year industry veteran whose activism dated back to the days of Cesar Chavez's "Si se puede" farm workers campaign. Ernest "Ernie" Reyes Reyes put the political experience he gained working as a staff member for former Congressman Leon Panetta to work for NAHREP. "He was the perfect individual to lead the organization because he could communicate so effectively," Acosta said. In addition to advocating for Spanish-language documents and services for...