Promoting Home Ownership Archive

Can’t Make Rally on Thursday? Attend Virtually

About 13,000 REALTORS® are expected to be at the Washington Monument on Thursday, May 17, for the Rally to Protect the American Dream. If you can’t be one of them, you can participate virtually—and we hope you do. Participating...
May 14, 2012

Using Home Ownership Matters Resources to Boost Your Business

You’ve been hearing a lot about NAR’s Home Ownership Matters campaign over the last year and a half. It’s all about letting lawmakers and policymakers in Washington know that home ownership is a bedrock value of our country and...

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...
March 28, 2012

Can You Hear Me Now? On May 17, It’ll be Yes

After the housing downturn there were calls among lawmakers and policymakers in Washington to scale back the country’s historic commitment to home ownership. Those calls continue today. Maybe the value of the mortgage interest deduction should be curtailed, as...
February 23, 2012

Study Calls Today’s Market Good Time to Buy

Researchers from several universities have just completed a paper that looks at what they call the hurdle rate. This is the point at which it’s equally smart to rent or buy if your only criterion is to build wealth....
February 13, 2012

Lawrence B. Simons: Advocate for Housing

The housing industry lost a good friend last month with the passing of Lawrence B. Simons, a developer, lawyer, and long-time advocate for affordable housing. He was 87 and he passed away in Hilton Head, S.C., where he lived....
February 6, 2012

Pew Links Housing Wealth to College Gains

The impact of today’s tough housing market will be felt in the years ahead as fewer children from middle-class households get on the ladder of economic success by going to college. That’s because for many middle-class households, the ability...
December 16, 2011

Liftoff in Albuquerque!

By Erica Christoffer, Multimedia Web Producer, REALTOR® Magazine This week, I’m riding along with the Home Ownership Matters Bus Tour as it begins the southwestern leg of its journey across the United States. In case you haven’t heard about...
October 18, 2011

SmartMoney Makes a One-Sided Housing Case

By Robert Freedman, senior editor, REALTOR® Magazine James B. Stewart, in a SmartMoney column asking whether home ownership is overrated, references many of the same arguments we’ve seen in recent months in the growing body of literature that questions the...

The Return on Equity Myth — Again

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Paul Starobin in his piece “Should Owning a Home Still Define the American Dream?” in the Spring 2011 issue of The Next Economy (a special supplement of the National Journal) asks us to...
March 29, 2011