By Scott Louser, 2012 Vice President & Liaison to Government Affairs, National Association of REALTORS®
As soon as I heard about the rally in Washington, D.C., I knew I had to be there. The American Dream of homeownership is under attack. As REALTORS® and as Americans, it’s our duty to defend homeownership and point out the tremendous contributions that the real estate industry makes to this great nation.
We plan to raise our voice at the “Rally to Protect the American Dream,” on May 17th, in Washington, D.C. At 9:30 a.m., we’ll gather by the Washington Monument, right on the National Mall. You can’t ask for greater visibility than that!
We need you to join us, however you can. Take a plane, ride a bus or drive a car—but get here! First, you should register so we know you’re coming. I’ve registered and you can too, right now, at www.RealtorRally.org.
You can even create your own Rally poster at the site, like I have. Include your own personal message about the Rally, homeownership, or revitalizing real estate and share it with your friends and colleagues in your office. Or you can distribute it via Twitter or Facebook.
Together we’ll remind Washington that owning your own home is still a huge part of the American Dream. Not only is homeownership a good long-term investment, it provides exponential economic benefits. Research shows that for every two houses sold, one job is created. That means 2.25 to 2.5 million jobs supported annually. Out of over 80 million taxpayers, homeowners pay 80 to 90 percent of personal federal income taxes.
Owning a home also provides many social benefits. Homeowners are healthier and happier. They are more involved in their communities, volunteer more and vote more often. Their children stay in school longer, get better grades and get better jobs after school.
Homeownership knits together the social fabric of our country. It’s a policy issue, an economic issue and a cultural issue. Let’s ensure that future generations have the same opportunity to buy, own and enjoy their own homes as we, ourselves, have enjoyed.