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Housing Opportunity Program

Housing Opportunity Program

NAR's Housing Opportunity Program serves as the blueprint for REALTORS® to become leaders in identifying, developing, advocating and promoting business opportunities, programs, products and resources that expand housing availability.

Housing Opportunity Program Grant

Housing Opportunity Program Grants support the efforts of state and local REALTOR® associations that are implementing affordable housing programs and initiatives.  The goal of the program is to position REALTORS® as leaders in improving their communities by creating housing opportunities.

Homeownership Education and Counseling

For many buyers, the process of purchasing a home can seem complicated and overwhelming. There are also buyers who feel ready to purchase a home but in reality may not be financially ready.

Become a Community Program Class Instructor

NAR’s Community and Political Affairs division is seeking instructors to teach the Employer-Assisted Housing and Expanding Housing Opportunities classes.

Commercial - Community Outreach

Good communities are good business for commercial brokers. NAR has Community Outreach Programs and grants  available to help you and your local association get more involved in your community.

NAREB Issues Report on "State of Housing in Black America"

Last week, the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB) issued a first ever report on the “State of Housing in Black America.” This comprehensive discussion of recent housing trends in the African American community documents the dramatic reduction in the homeownership rate and loss of wealth for African American families.

2013 National Housing Pulse Survey: Homeownership Still a Priority for Renters

NAR's tenth Housing Pulse Survey shows a stronger environment for home sales and home ownership and less concern about jobs and foreclosures than in 2011.

2013 Housing Pulse Survey Graphic

The 2013 National Housing Pulse Survey also found that Americans overwhelmingly believe owning a home is a good financial decision and a majority of renters say homeownership is one of their highest priorities for the future. 

Could Immigration Bill Boost Housing?

An immigration bill filed last week by a handful of bipartisan senators could trigger widespread change for the housing market if passed.

Immigrants to Fuel Next Decade of Growth

The number of foreign-born homeowners in the United States is poised for rapid growth.

Workforce Housing: Brainstorm for Opportunity

Starting or expanding a workforce housing program may seem daunting, but these experts say you can't afford not to. Here are some tips and resources to help you get rolling.

Workforce Housing Forums

2012 Workforce Housing Forum: Bring Workers Home on Oct. 10-11, 2012 in Chicago. 

Realtors® Know Workforce Housing Solutions are About Building Trust and Relationships

A panel of Realtors® provided keen insight into what it takes to launch successful workforce housing initiatives during the Housing Opportunities Forum - Ideas in Action at the Realtor® Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington, D.C.

Employer-Assisted Housing: Successes

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Chapter 1: Home From Work (4:16) Chapter 3: Benefits (1:40)

Employer-Assisted Housing: Benefits

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Employer-Assisted Housing

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Fredericksburg Area Association of Realtors®

Affordable Housing Awareness Week provided an opportunity for Realtors® to partner with a variety of community partners to present a week of activities including tours of affordable homes, a housing resource fair, open houses, educational sessions and more.

Realtor® Association of Pioneer Valley

Buy Springfield Now is a collaboration of public, nonprofit, and private-sector organizations to preserve and promote homeownership opportunities in the City of Springfield, MA. An extensive network of lenders, nonprofit groups, Realtors®, attorneys and home inspectors has gathered to provide services and incentives to help open the doors of homeownership.

Charlotte Regional Realtors® Association

Realtors® Care Day is an all-day, home-repair project to help those who have critical home-maintenance needs.

REALTORS® Relief Foundation Relief Grant

This document offers detail about eligibility requirements, any limitations, the grant application process, and general information about the REALTORS® Relief Foundation.

Workforce Housing

As members of the business community, REALTORS® understand how the lack of housing for working families – both rental and homeownership – threatens the vitality of their communities.

Become an EAH Instructor

Only NAR-authorized instructors can teach the Employer-Assisted Housing (EAH) class. To become an authorized instructor, you need to meet all of the requirements; complete the instructor application and reference forms; and take both the EAH class and the Train the Trainer session.

Make a Donation

The REALTORS® Relief Foundation welcomes contributions—not only in times of disaster, but at any time throughout the year—and 100% of all funds collected go to disaster relief causes.

Past Efforts

Learn about the good works that have been carried out with the help of the REALTORS® Relief Foundation.

Background

NAR first launched the REALTORS® Relief Foundation (RRF) as the REALTORS® Relief Fund in 2001, within hours of the devastating Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Today, RRF exists as a 501(c)(3) organization established to provide housing-related assistance to victims of disasters and for other charitable purposes permitted under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Articles and Blog Posts

REALTORS® Relief Foundation has helped families and communities who are victims of disasters. Read about recent efforts in these articles and blog posts.

Housing Opportunity Toolkit

The Making Affordable Housing Work: The Housing Opportunity Toolkit is a collection of resources and information for both individual REALTORS® and REALTOR® associations.

Benefits of EAH Class

Working a full-time job does not guarantee a family a decent, affordable place to live. Much of our workforce including the people who provide vital services to a community – firefighters, police officers, teachers, health workers – often cannot afford to live in the communities where they work. Employer-assisted housing helps employees move beyond the most common homeownership...

Equal Housing Opportunity Logo

Download the Equal Housing Opportunity logo here.

Employer-Assisted Housing Class

The Employer-Assisted Housing (EAH) class is a unique opportunity to expand your business by working with local employers so that they can help their employees become homeowners or afford a home close to work.

Employer-Assisted Housing Class Employer-Assisted Housing Class

Note:  The Home From Work class is now called the Employer-Assisted Housing (EAH) class.

Become an EHO Instructor

Only NAR-authorized instructors may teach Expanding Housing Opportunities (EHO). Instructors are selected through a competitive application process, which is outlined below. Approved instructors pay a $100 instructor fee and sign an Instructor Agreement. The instructor term is a two-year period and is renewable if all requirements have been met.

Expanding Housing Opportunities Class

Expanding Housing Opportunities (EHO) is a four-hour course designed to educate real estate professionals on the range of affordable housing opportunities and clients seeking them.

NAR Awards Realtor® Associations Grants to Promote and Expand Affordable Housing

The Housing Opportunity Program Grants, a National Association of Realtors® grant program, has presented $62,500 to 19 local and state Realtor® associations. Those associations will use the funds to promote and expand affordable housing opportunities in their communities.

Field Guide to Effects of Low-Income Housing on Property Values

The following articles and studies examine the effects of low-income, public, and subsidized housing on the values of surrounding properties, the challenge of NIMBY, and some possible resources people can use to educate community groups and local governments.

Seven Out of 10 Renters Say Owning a Home is a Top Priority

According to the 2011 National Housing Pulse Survey released today by the National Association of Realtors®, 72 percent of renters surveyed said owning a home is a top priority for their future, up from 63 percent in 2010.

NAR Grants Help Make Home Ownership an Affordable Opportunity

Seventeen local and state Realtor® associations have been awarded over $60,000 through the Housing Opportunity Program Grants, a National Association of Realtors® grant program. The funds will be used by the associations to promote and expand affordable housing opportunities in their communities.