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Denver Welcomes NAR Home Ownership Bus Tour

Media Contact: Stephanie Singer

WASHINGTON (March 18, 2011) - A month-long Home Ownership Matters Bus Tour hosted by the National Association of Realtors® makes a stop this week outside the Denver Home Show on Saturday, March 19. NAR leaders and invited local officials will be on hand to hear from consumers and speak with them about how shifting priorities and public policies in Washington could affect home ownership here in Denver.

“We need to keep housing first on the nation’s public policy agenda, because housing and home ownership issues affect all Americans,” said NAR President Ron Phipps, broker-president of Phipps Realty in Warwick, R.I. “Public policies that support home ownership help families right here in Denver, and this bus tour allows us as Realtors® to communicate directly with people in communities across the country about what housing issues are most important to them.”

The NAR Home Ownership Matters Bus will be parked outside the National Western Complex’s Expo Hall at the north entrance on Humboldt Street from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday. Attendees can register to win prizes worth up to $2,500 and can enjoy food, beverage and entertainment. NAR 2011 President Ron Phipps will be available for media interviews at the event, and Rep. Ed Perlmutter will attend.

According to NAR’s Housing Opportunity Pulse Survey, more than three-fourths of Americans in the northwest region of the U.S. – which includes Denver – believe that buying a home is a solid financial decision. Seventy-three percent of those surveyed in the region also agreed that now is a good time to buy a home.

“NAR believes that anyone who is able and willing to assume the responsibilities of owning a home should have the opportunity to pursue that dream,” said Phipps. “Working together, we can all help ensure that anyone in this country who aspires to own their own home and can afford to do so is not denied the opportunity to build their future through home ownership.”

NAR’s Home Ownership Matters Bus Tour began in Chicago on March 5 at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show. The next major stop on the tour will be Portland, Ore., on March 26, with additional stops in cities along the way. Ongoing news and information for the tour will be posted on HouseLogic at www.houselogic.com/bus. HouseLogic is a free source of information from NAR that helps home owners maintain and enhance the value of their homes and engage in issues that affect their local communities.

The National Association of Realtors®, “The Voice for Real Estate,” is America’s largest trade association, representing 1.1 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.

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