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I’ve Registered, Have You?

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.

Comments
  1. CALLING ALL REALTORS —WE AS AMERICANS SHOULD PROVIDE, PROTECT & PRESERVE OUR FREEDOM TO HOME OWNERSHIP.

  2. Richard Hill

    wonderful…you have hit us for millions…and now want us all to rush to Washington….
    Crazy….

  3. Mike Brennan

    How about some explanation of how home ownership is under attack. The rhetoric sounds extreme, radical, partisan and unfounded. It;’s embarrassing when customers ask the meaning of the TV ads and none of our membership can explain it or substantiate it. Evidently, our leadership at NAR can’t either because I have seen many complaints and no responses.
    Scott Louser, your article is empty, shallow and lacks any facts or even a point. It is inflamatory with no apparent purpose. I hope you don’t get paid for this sort of work.
    Sincerely, Mike Brennan-Watson Realty Corp

  4. Patricia Brown

    BRAVO!!!

  5. Esther Williams

    We need the guidelines changed for homebuyers. especially for houses under 250,000. Those families with only one income because of job lose or having to put their home on short sale with the bank. These are not bad people let them qualify for and own and live in a lower price home. They are trying to do what is right and take care of their families.
    Requiring credit cards and credit card history only benifits the banks that hold the credit cards. Encouraging the buyer to spend more and then to pay off more. This is crazy business. Their regular accounts, utilities, car payments, phone payments should be enought credit tuo verify credit worthyness without encouraging more unnecessary debt.
    More houses financed equals more houses build, equals builders, plumbers, framers, concrete people and so on, going back to work. Then they buy cars, tv’s, boats, and so on, causing more people to go back to work.
    Create jobs for everyone, everyone work, everyone pay taxes, everyone happy, everyone live.
    So please give us the tools to help us sell houses. ie: better leanding guidelines.
    Low interest rates for the most part does not help create new business, if only helps homeowner with loans lower their payments.
    Look back through history, In the early 80′s, lots of homes were sold when the interest rate was 16% to 20% percent.
    I am not saying sell a 400,000. house to someone who only qualifies for 150,000. I am sayings buy the house you qualify for then you can pay for you home
    Maybe we need to revisit the loan quidelines of the 70′s and 80′s before we had credit scoreing.

  6. Hi Scott,

    We will be there! Hope to see you and your Dad?

    Ken and Marla Walker
    Anderson, SC

  7. OWNING SOMETHING IS A FEELING THAT EVERYONE IS PROUD OF, A SUCCESSFUL ACCOMPLISHMENT! PRIDE OF OWNERSHIP, ESPECIALLY A “HOME SWEET HOME”. NOT ONLY BUILDS A STRONG COMMUNITY BUT ALSO BUILDS A VERY STRONG WORLD.

    HOUSE OF HOMES REALTY
    http://WWW.JOSIE2HELP.LISTINGBOOK.COM
    (408) 398-9336

  8. Dieter Metzger

    You’re not really clear on how home ownership is being threatened and what the rally is actually about. If you’re trying to get more people involved, you’ll have to explain this issues better — up front. Thanks.

    Regards,
    Dieter Metzger

  9. OptionJohn

    The politician’s need to understand the American Dream is no longer, work a decent job, buy a house, pay off the mortgage, save cash for retirement and have your house paid.

    The American dream for middle class America is play the lotto, go to Casino’s. All endorsed by you know who the wizard politicians.

  10. I will be there!!!!!!

  11. Sandi Meyer

    Exactly what is it we’re trying to accomplish? I don’t want to show up without a goal. Then it just looks self-serving.

    Thanks.

  12. It is a privilege to help buyers to find the home of their dreams!! They must go through so much to get that dream. Finding the right home takes time, then to go
    through financing and appraisal is very trying and depressing with everything they have to go through. But in the end it is always worth it and they had no idea no matter what they heard about the process. The government rules are unending and do very little to help buy a house. The sellers have gone through a very difficult time selling their home to move on and we as Realtors do everything we can to help them. We are truely blessed that we are needed as never before!!

  13. Rita Schuster

    Excellent plan to make a Legislative impact from our Realtor Association! There are so many needs in our housing industry that our association can assist in repairing when they listen to our advice. Thank you!

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