Home Ownership’s Day on the National Mall

May 17 was a good day for real estate. Some 13,000 REALTORS® from every part of the country—and even many real estate professionals from outside the country—joined together at the Washington Monument for one of the most spirited rallies Washington has surely ever seen.

NAR President Moe Veissi summed it all up when he said that home ownership is too important to the American economy and to the American identity for the federal government to consider doing anything that could harm it—especially at a time when the economy continues to struggle with a recovery. Six of the last eight recessions ended only after real estate recovered, so clearly now is not the time for lawmakers and policymakers to consider any rules or legislation that could destabilize the market.

Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), who spoke at the rally, called housing “the answer to get us from where we are to where we want to go.” That’s a way of saying home ownership is the key to the economic recovery. Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), the House minority whip, also spoke, calling REALTORS® the best advocates home ownership could possibly have on Capitol Hill.

Almost 20 members of Congress joined REALTORS® at the rally and almost two dozen media outlets were there. And more than 14,000 REALTORS® attended virtually. More are going to the virtual site even now.

The message is clear. Home ownership is a bedrock value of our country, core to the American Dream, and, as NAR President Moe Veissi put it, REALTORS® are the architects of the American Dream.

That’s something lawmakers in Washington from both parties always knew, but it can’t be any fresher in their minds than it is now—thanks to everyone’s outpouring of activism on May 17.

Make sure you check out the FanCam from the rally. If you were there, you can find your picture and tag yourself. It’s quite a thing to see. Go to the REALTOR® Rally FanCam.

More on the REALTOR® Rally.

For a taste of the Rally, watch the 2-minute video above.

Robert Freedman

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

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  1. RobCerveny

    It was so fantastic!!
    Really made me think how important my chosen profession– a Realtor really is


  3. Great experience, so proud to be a REALTOR and able to contribute to The American Dream for my clients. As a home owner myself I feel better knowing that NAR and my PAC in Texas TREPAC are helping me protect my home, private propery rights and my profession.

  4. Imagine duplicating same in our local markets! blue R day!