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

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 Hispanic homebuyers, Acosta said Reyes was “the emotional core of NAHREP.”

Reyes ran the San Diego-based brokerage Network Realty, which he founded in 1989. He recently served as chairman and executive director of the NAHREP Foundation, an affiliate of NAHREP that helps consumers with financial literacy and community development, and served as NAHREP’s chief spokesperson.

In volunteer positions, Reyes served as chairman of the San Diego Home Loan Counseling Center and the 9th Region Regulatory Fairness Board of the U.S. Small Business Administration.

In an homage to Reyes on NAHREP’s home page today, he was lauded for his vision in “creating an organization that would bring people together to advocate for Latino families who aspire for a better life,” which “changed the course of history and continues to directly impact thousands of individuals and families every year.”

Reyes is survived by his wife of 51 years, Patricia, son Darren, daughter Denise and grandchildren Monique, Mikayla, Jake, Nixon and Griffon. Plans for a memorial service are pending.

Show Comments Hide Comments

Comments

Sign up for Inman’s Morning Headlines
What you need to know to start your day with all the latest industry developments
By submitting your email address, you agree to receive marketing emails from Inman.
Success!
Thank you for subscribing to Morning Headlines.
Back to top
×
Log in
If you created your account with Google or Facebook
Don't have an account?
Forgot your password?
No Problem

Simply enter the email address you used to create your account and click "Reset Password". You will receive additional instructions via email.

Forgot your username? If so please contact customer support at (510) 658-9252

Password Reset Confirmation

Password Reset Instructions have been sent to

Subscribe to The Weekender
Get the week's leading headlines delivered straight to your inbox.
Top headlines from around the real estate industry. Breaking news as it happens.
15 stories covering tech, special reports, video and opinion.
Unique features from hacker profiles to portal watch and video interviews.
Unique features from hacker profiles to portal watch and video interviews.
It looks like you’re already a Select Member!
To subscribe to exclusive newsletters, visit your email preferences in the account settings.
Up-to-the-minute news and interviews in your inbox, ticket discounts for Inman events and more
1-Step CheckoutPay with a credit card
By continuing, you agree to Inman’s Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

You will be charged . Your subscription will automatically renew for on . For more details on our payment terms and how to cancel, click here.

Interested in a group subscription?
Finish setting up your subscription