In our personal lives, we all have our own political beliefs. However, when it comes to promoting housing and our industry, as REALTORS, we must check our political affiliation at the association door. Real estate is not a partisan issue. It affects all of us. Therefore, we need to work with lawmakers from both parties.
So no matter how you voted in the last election, now is the time for us all to put partisanship aside and put housing at the top of the new administration’s priorities.
Our NAR President, Charles McMillan, has spent most of his days since the new Congress was seated on January 5th, promoting our housing stimulus plan in Congress and with the new Administration. The great part is that they are listening and incorporating most, if not all, of our ideas. This was particularly true with the release of the 2nd half of the TARP funds.
Prior to leaving office, the Bush Administration worked closely with the Obama Administration to make sure that those additional funds will be focused on what TARP was originally intended to do in the first place — ending the credit crisis, stemming foreclosures and stabilizing the housing market.
We are excited about the renewed efforts to unclog the financial system and get credit flowing once again for homebuyers.
Our economy’s recovery depends on a revival of the housing market. We can’t have one without the other. It is a new day for America, under a new administration. Let’s all work together to make that day a bright one for housing. – Vicki Cox Golder, 2009 NAR President-Elect.