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Commercial - Community Outreach

Good communities are good business. As a commercial real estate professional, taking an active role in making a community a better place will benefit you, your public image, and your bottom line. 

NAR has Community Outreach Programs  available to help you and your local association get more involved in your community. 

  • Preserve & Expand Housing for the Workforce – Multifamily Development, Housing Fairs & Forums
  • Enhance a Community’s Development & Growth – Downtown Revitalization, Smart Growth, Transit Options
  • Support Housing and Land Use Regulations & Decisions – Mixed-use Zoning, Parking & Rental Housing Regulations
  • Enable our members to become Leaders in the Community – Board/Commission Members, Project Partners

Programs to Consider in Your Community

Smart Growth

  • Land Use Initiative: Review of proposed land use measures that may affect your business.
  • Placemaking: Transform an unused or underused property in your community to one that will increase the value of properties around it.


  • Workforce Housing Forum: Every community has housing challenges that need to be addressed. Ensure your commercial needs are discussed by partnering to organize a local forum.
  • Employer-Assisted Housing: The employers you work with can help their employees buy or purchase a home. You can provide information on multifamily projects available to lease or buy.

Grants & Funding

Funding is available to state and local REALTOR® associations to help plan, organize, and implement community outreach programs:

See how other local REALTOR® associations have used a NAR Community Outreach program for commercial activities:  
NAR Community Outreach Programs for Commercial Activities


View or download the Community Outreach and Commercial Real Estate brochure. If you would like printed copies to distribute at your next commercial firm or board meeting, email hmoskerintz@realtors.org.

Upcoming NAR Community Outreach Events


Community Outreach Leads To Commercial Revitalization: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 2 p.m. EST

Discover how engaging communities in downtown revitalization can lead to leasing/sales of vacant buildings and other positive impacts on commercial real estate development. Targeted efforts involving REALTOR® associations, REALTORS® and community organizations - including a Better Block tactical urbanism event, a Main Street® planning approach, and a tour of vacant properties – have resulted in positive economic changes and are strengthening communities. This webinar will detail the results of these efforts and similar efforts might be able to do the same in your community. Our featured speakers including Andrew Howard from Team Better Block, Deb Brown, Chamber Director for Webster City (IA), and some highly engaged commercial REALTORS®. Register today.

Download a printable flyer for the webinar.