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November 21, 2014

Come and Be Counted

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Come and Be Counted

With home ownership under pressure, REALTORS® will head to Washington May 17 to rally for stability.

Federal lawmakers always know when REALTORS® are in town: During the Midyear Legislative Meetings each May, thousands pour into the Capitol to discuss real estate issues with members of Congress. “No one makes an impact like the REALTORS®,” Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) has frequently said over the years in speeches at association meetings.

You’ll be even harder to miss this year. On May 17 beginning at 9:30 a.m., REALTORS® will converge on the north side of the Capitol for the Rally to Protect the American Dream—a high-energy meet-up designed to make sure all 535 members of Congress know that REALTORS® are concerned about the stability of real estate, private property rights, and the future of home ownership. After the rally, participants can head to the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel to attend the REALTORS® Midyear Expo free of charge until 6 p.m.

Learn more details and register for the rally at REALTORrally.org.

Although the Home Ownership Matters bus tour ended in November, the campaign is still going strong. “Home ownership is under pressure in a way it hasn’t been since our association was founded more than 100 years ago,” says NAR President Moe Veissi. “There’s talk within our federal government about making changes that could mean the end of safe, reliable, and affordable 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage financing. For the third year in a row, our government has proposed a measure that would curb the value of the mortgage interest deduction, one of the oldest and simplest provisions in the tax code and an integral part of our government’s commitment to home ownership as a defining characteristic of our country. And years after the recession, owners and investors are still struggling to get financing for otherwise stable, well-performing commercial properties.”

“Extraordinary times demand an extraordinary response from the nation’s real estate professionals,” says Veissi. “We won’t let up until real estate is stable and home ownership restored to its central place in our country.”

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