WASHINGTON (May 17, 2012) - An estimated 15,000 Realtors® converged on the grounds of the Washington Monument today to make their voices heard on behalf of homeowners, real estate investors, and those who aspire to homeownership.
At the Rally to Protect the American Dream, Realtors® from every state in the country joined invited members of Congress to demonstrate their commitment to preserving access to homeownership and robust real estate investment.
"Realtors® know that homeownership is an investment in our collective futures, and we're here today to protect the American Dream of homeownership," said National Association of Realtors® President Moe Veissi, broker-owner of Veissi & Associates Inc., in Miami. "Homeownership and investment in real estate impacts families, communities, small businesses and the nation's economy in a very meaningful way. Today, we're proud to be showing the country that homeownership matters."
In the current economic and political climate, Realtors® are working to ensure that people who want to own a home or invest in real estate and can responsibly afford to do so will continue to have the opportunity to do that. Toward that end, Realtors® are advocating better access to affordable financing, reform of the secondary mortgage market, improved liquidity in residential and commercial lending, and preservation of the tax benefits associated with homeownership.
Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) and Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) addressed the crowd of Realtors® at the event.
"I commend the National Association of Realtors® for keeping the issue of homeownership at the forefront when we talk about our economic recovery," said Rep. Hoyer. "Stabilizing the housing market remains a central issue for Democrats, who understand we will not have robust economic growth without a vibrant housing market and that access to homeownership remains a critical component of the American Dream."
Sen. Isakson said, "Homeownership always has been, and remains to this day, a part of the American dream. It is the biggest and most important investment that the average American family makes, and that's why we should remain focused on the value of the housing market and the important role it plays in our country. It is my hope that this rally encourages Congress and the president to move forward with policies that are supportive of housing, which is vital to job creation and the recovery of our economy."
The rally was part of NAR's week-long Midyear Legislative Meetings, during which Realtors® and guests meet with members of Congress, federal regulators and industry experts to address pressing real estate issues and public policies in support of private property rights, homeownership and housing issues.
Photos and videos from the rally are available at www.realtorrally.org.
The National Association of Realtors®, "The Voice for Real Estate," is America's largest trade association, representing 1 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.
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