Nevada REALTORS® rally to promote homeownership at NAR’s 2012 Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo
A press release from the Greater Las Vegas Association of REALTORS®
Submitted by: RE Technology
GLVAR President Kolleen Kelley, from Southern Nevada, and NVAR President Blane Johnson, who lives in Northern Nevada, were among nearly 50 Nevadans who rallied on behalf of homeowners, real estate investors and aspiring homeowners. They also met with members of Nevada's congressional delegation to discuss key issues.
Highlighting this year's meetings, the Rally to Protect the American Dream took place on Thursday, May 17. REALTORS® from every state in the country joined invited members of Congress to highlight the important role housing plays in the American economy and to advocate for policies that support homeownership. Speakers included Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md.
"REALTORS® have always been advocates for homeownership," Kelley said. "We want to make sure that people who want to own a home and those who can afford to invest in real estate will continue to have the opportunity to do just that."
Johnson added that "the REALTOR® rally was a great experience. It was our way of letting Americans know that homeownership impacts families, communities, small businesses and the nation's economy in a meaningful way. It's an important part of the American dream, especially here in Nevada, and it needs to be promoted and preserved."
Photos and videos from the rally are available at realtorrally.org.
The year's NAR meetings focused on a number of pressing issues that affect the real estate market in Nevada and nationwide, as well as the nation's 75 million homeowners and aspiring homeowners. Sessions focused on the need for affordable financing, secondary mortgage market reform and economic issues related to residential and commercial real estate.
While in Washington, Johnson and Kelley met lawmakers on Capitol Hill to address issues such as the need to streamline short sales, preserve tax benefits for homeownership and bolster liquidity in the commercial market. They also joined other NAR members in urging lawmakers to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program, which is currently set to expire on May 31.
Throughout the week, REALTORS® participated in sessions with several government officials and industry experts, including representatives from the Federal Housing Administration, Mortgage Bankers Association of America, Federal Housing Finance Agency, Federal Reserve Board, National Economic Council, and the U.S. Treasury.
During the meetings, former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, leading Democratic strategist Celinda Lake and National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling participated in a panel discussion about how the 2012 elections could change the real estate industry.
Federal Reserve Board Governor Elizabeth Duke spoke during the joint Real Estate Services and Regulatory Issues Forum – Prescriptions for Housing Recovery. Duke discussed how a full housing market recovery could not happen until policymakers move forward with the difficult decisions regarding that future of the mortgage market.
A panel of industry experts and representatives including FHFA Acting Director Ed DeMarco, FHA Commissioner and Assistant Secretary for Housing Carol Galante, Moody's Analytics Mark Zandi and Wharton School of Business Professor Susan Watcher discussed housing policy, specifically the mortgage interest deduction, government-sponsored entities and the government's role in promoting homeownership.
About the GLVAR
GLVAR was founded in 1947 and provides its nearly 11,000 local members with education, training and political representation. The local representative of the National Association of REALTORS®, GLVAR is the largest professional organization in Southern Nevada. Each GLVAR member receives the highest level of professional training and must abide by a strict code of ethics. For more information, visit lasvegasrealtor.com.
About the NVAR
The Nevada Association of REALTORS® is a professional trade association with nearly 14,000 members. NVAR is committed to protecting, promoting and preserving our communities. Visit NVAR.org, where visitors can also access NVAR's "Face of Foreclosure" report.