Suntrust reverses decision to pull real estate listings from Benham brothers


SunTrust Bank, which just yesterday had cut their ties with David and Jason Benham's real estate business, late today restored the listings.

Within days of HGTV announcing it had cancelled a reality show starring David and Jason Benham because of their views opposing same-sex marriage, SunTrust Bank had informed the brothers that is was pulling its listings.

The news from SunTrust Bank came without warning or explanation and took place over a 15-minute period on May 15, the brothers noted on their website.

"We were caught off-guard with this one," said David Benham.

The Benhams had enjoyed a "mutually productive working relationship with SunTrust for many years" and even held a "preferred broker" status.

Late Friday, SunTrust informed the Benham brothers that all of its residential real estate listings with SunTrust Bank had been returned. The action reversed the decision made yesterday by SunTrust to pull all listings for unknown reasons.

"Today SunTrust heard from America," said Jason Benham. "And we are pleased that these properties have been returned to our talented and hard-working franchisees."

Benham Real Estate is a full service real estate company that specializes in selling bank-owned properties. The real estate division, Benham REO Group, has about 100 offices in 35 states across the US.

SunTrust issued a statement saying that the company "supports the rights of all Americans to fully exercise their freedoms granted under the Constitution, including those with respect to free speech and freedom of religion," according to the Charlotte Observer.

"As Americans we find ourselves at a crossroads and are forced with a decision to either stand up or sit down," said David Benham.

"If our faith costs us our HGTV show and our business, then so be it," said Jason Benham on Friday, in a statement.