Thousands of Realtors® from across the country flocked to Washington D.C. today with one common goal – to protect the American Dream. With an estimated attendance of 15,000 people, the Washington Monument was the site of the Rally to Protect the American Dream, an opportunity for real estate professionals to make their voices heard by legislation.
“The purpose of this rally is to bring a legislative focus to homeownership,” said Mark Foreman, SVP of Operations , Century 21 Real Estate. “The issues that are currently standing between Americans and the American dream, such as taxation, insurance and mortgage lending, are not currently being addressed by Congress as primary issues.”
Foreman, along with Century 21 Real Estate LLC director of recruiting, Carmen Mercado and significant representation on behalf of CENTURY 21® System members, attended the rally to speak up on behalf of homeowners.
“It’s an incredible experience to see the strength of so many realtors gathered with one message, ‘Homeownership Matters,’” said Mercado.
“Realtors® know that homeownership is an investment in our collective futures, and we’re here today to protect the American Dream of homeownership,” said National Association of Realtors® President Moe Veissi, broker-owner of Veissi & Associates Inc., in Miami. “Homeownership and investment in real estate impacts families, communities, small businesses and the nation’s economy in a very meaningful way. Today, we’re proud to be showing the country that homeownership matters.”
The rally, which was sponsored by the National Association of Realtors and was part of the organization’s week-long midyear legislative meetings, also broke some records. According to NAR, today’s gathering marked the largest assembly of Realtors in one place it has ever recorded. Key speakers included Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia, House minority whip Maryland Democrat Steny Hoyer, NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun and NAR President Moe Veissi.
“To have such a significant audience truly says something,” said Foreman. “That so many realtors have voluntarily taken up this charge and taken time out of their own businesses is huge.”
Visit the Realtor Action Center to learn more.