REALTOR® Rally: NVAR Shows Its Spirit

John Wolford is a broker with Long & Foster Real Estate in Springfield, Va., but on May 17 he’ll be just one real estate professional among many from different companies in his market and from around the country in front of the nation’s capitol to remind lawmakers that home ownership and commercial real estate are vital to the country.

“We’re looking forward to standing up for the American Dream, with REALTORS® from all across the country—California, Texas, Ohio, Northern Virginia, Maryland—regardless of company,” says Wolford.

Wolford is in a 3-minute video on why his association, the Northern Virginia Association of REALTORS®, is doing everything it can to make the May 17 Rally to Protect the American Dream a success.

The rally is being hosted by NAR to ensure the importance of real estate remains top of mind as lawmakers and policy makers in the years ahead look at legislation and regulations that could impact aspects of home ownership and commercial real estate.

NVAR’s chair, Pat Kline, says Congress and policy makers in Washington mustn’t do anything that would make it harder for households to build equity and stabilize their lives through home ownership. “In our country, it’s not about where you’re from but where you’re going,” she says.

“NAR has made it very simple for REALTORS® to get involved in the rally,” sys NVAR CEO Christine Todd. “They’re providing breakfast and lunch, backpacks and T-shirts, and buses for members to get to Washington. All we have to do is get members on the bus or, if they’re going to be at the 2012 NAR Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo, to make sure they register for the rally,” says Todd.

After the rally, which is in the morning, rally participants will take the subway or a bus to the NAR trade expo, where there will be activities and giveaways.

More about the Rally to Protect the American Dream.

Robert Freedman

Robert Freedman is director of multimedia communications for the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. He can be reached at

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  1. fernando

    what are the details on the issues for this rally? i for one was disapointed on NAR postition on raising the FHA limits back to the original caps. did we not learn anything from the crash of 2007?

  2. I hope Mr. Wolford gives them a piece of his mind. But then again, it’s hard to preach to a bunch of lawmakers about the importance of making home ownership an easy and affordable process, when they most likely will never be the ones with a problem affording a new home.

  3. You can bet I will John G. – Come out and join us! NAR has opened all the doors including assistance with transportation and lodging.

    You can find info at