From Sea to Shining Sea

By NAR 2013 President Gary Thomas

Owning a home of your own is a vital part of the American Dream.

The 75 million Americans who do own their homes can testify that homeownership helps people, communities and the nation.Homeowners are happier, healthier and enjoy a greater feeling of control over their lives.They vote, volunteer and contribute more to their neighborhoods.And because homeowners pay 80 to 90 percent of federal individual income taxes, they provide ongoing support for programs benefiting all Americans.

At the National Association of REALTORS®, we are working hard to inform, educate and engage people across the country about the benefits of homeownership.During this year’s Midyear Meeting & Expo, we asked REALTORS® from coast to coast to step up and tell us that “Home Ownership Matters.”

We heard from REALTORS® all the way from Maine to California.Their genuine enthusiasm for what they do is evident in their personal testimonials.If you want to see for yourself, watch our video.