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REALTORS® Rally for Joplin Recovery

Media Contact: Stephanie Singer / 202-383-1050 / Email

WASHINGTON (August 4, 2011) - As the National Association of Realtors® Home Ownership Matters bus crosses Missouri this week, a stop in Joplin, Mo., today will underscore Realtors®’ commitment to rebuilding the local community.

“When we see the devastation of families losing their homes in natural disasters, we’re reminded of just how much home ownership matters,” said NAR 2011 Vice President Elizabeth Mendenhall, who will meet with Realtors® and families affected by the tornadoes in Cunningham Park, 26th and Maiden Lane, at 1 p.m. CDT today. “Realtors® not only build communities, but also help rebuild homes and neighborhoods devastated by natural disasters as we have seen right here in Joplin.”

As part of the Home Ownership Matters bus tour, Mendenhall will join Missouri Association of Realtors® President Joyce Thomas; Ozark Gateway Association of Realtors® President Cheryl Efird; Missouri State Sen. Ron Richard and Joplin, Mo., Mayor Mike Woolston at today’s event to present a $73,000 check for local relief efforts. Funds were collected through NAR’s Realtor® Relief Foundation and the Missouri Realtors® Relief Foundation.

“When disasters like this strike, the connection between home ownership, strong families and resilient communities becomes even more apparent,” said Mendenhall. “That is why on the national level, NAR strongly supports developing a federal natural disaster policy to ensure that families can obtain affordable property insurance. Closer to home, I’m proud to say that Realtors® across the country are helping families right here in Missouri rebuild and once again have a place to call home.”

NAR’s Home Ownership Matters Bus Tour is currently crossing the country, giving people the opportunity and resources to make their voices heard about the housing issues that matter most to them. Ongoing news and information for the tour is posted at www.houselogic.com/bus.

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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