On Thursday, I attended the 2010 Multicultural Real Estate and Policy Conference in Washington, D.C. This was a momentous event. It was the first ever joint multi-cultural conference of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB), the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP), and the Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA). NAR was thrilled and honored to support the work of these organizations, as they met with state congressional leaders on Capitol Hill, raising their collective voice on behalf of our industry.
This conference also demonstrates that we can and do see ourselves as one family in the real estate business. The strength of our organizations is not in achieving our individual goals, but rather our strength is that we seek to help the entire real estate family thrive. So when one of us makes headway in helping more people gain the American dream of homeownership, we all succeed. And so do our clients.
At NAR, these organizations have loyal brothers and sisters in the real estate family. One of our six objectives in our strategic plan for this year is promoting and supporting housing opportunities. NAR will pursue this goal with a vibrant tenacity because we know homeownership gives homeowners a greater chance at affluence, better employment and educational opportunities, and provides for safer neighborhoods and stronger communities.
NAR congratulates NAREB, NAHREP, and AREAA for working together at this conference for sustainable homeownership, which in turn transforms communities and creates enormous economic opportunities for everyone.
Working together, our real estate family can overcome the great challenges facing our industry. I look forward to collaborating more in the future. Success will surely follow us. — Vince Malta, 2010 NAR Vice President and Liaison to Government Affairs