REALTORS® have always been politically engaged, whether they’re making their voices heard in the voting booth or getting involved on a grassroots level. An overwhelming majority of NAR members – 93 percent – voted in the last national election. Through the years the National Association of REALTORS® has remained vocal and active in protecting the rights of the nation’s 75 million homeowners and those who aspire to homeownership.
During this election season, REALTORS® aren’t the only ones defending homeownership. Housing is a top-of-mind issue for all citizens. In a recent national survey by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 62 percent of voters rated the importance of homeownership as a 10 on a scale of 0–10. A majority of respondents also believed that increasing homeownership should be a national priority.
Issues like the mortgage interest deduction, foreclosures and short sales, and access to affordable financing don’t just affect people who own a home – homeownership defines the quality of life in our communities and neighborhoods. As a leading advocate for homeownership and housing issues, SAAR wants our current and future leaders to understand the vital role real estate plays in both the long- and short-term health of our nation, our state, and our communities.
While housing is a key driver in our national economy, it is even of greater importance locally as housing has been a traditional catalyst for job growth in the desert southwest. Housing accounts for more than 15 percent of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product and home sales in this country generate more than 2.5 million private-sector jobs in an average year. And for every two homes sold, a job is created.
Creating jobs and supporting policies that reinforce homeownership are two public policy issues that should drive all citizens to the polls (or their mailboxes) to vote in federal, state and local elections. Don’t miss this opportunity to make a difference in the things that matter most. Support candidates who support the American Dream of owning a home. A vote is a terrible thing to waste!
John C. Little, Jr.
Community Affairs Director
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