REALTOR Rally: ‘A Sea Of Blue …’
The New Hampshire REALTORS who took part in the Rally To Protect The American Dream at the Washington Monument during the NAR Midyear Legislative Meetings can say they were truly part of an historic event … and one that garnered plenty of media attention as well.
Below is information on just some of the exposure the Realtor Rally received across the country:
Outlet: U.S. News & World Report
Title: Realtors Rally Near Capitol Hill to Save Homeownership
Publication Date: 05/17/2012
Article URL: http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/home-front/2012/05/17/realtors-rally-near-capitol-hill-to-save-homeownership
Text Snippet: A sea of blue lapped against the foot of the Washington Monument Thursday as more than 10,000 blue-shirted Realtors from across the country descended on the nation’s capital to pressure Congress to keep housing at the top of legislators’ priorities in coming months. According to organizers, the rally—sponsored by the National Association of Realtors and complete with a jumbotron, DJ, and its own Twitter hashtag—was the largest assembly of Realtors NAR has ever recorded in one place.
Outlet: Mortgage News Daily
Title: Realtors Show Clout, ‘Protecting The American Dream’ in DC Rally
Publication Date: 05/18/2012
Article URL: http://www.cdapress.com/real_estate/article_fd99a178-bf76-5b31-b045-c188244d7177.html
Text Snippet: Realtors® massed on the Washington Mall on Thursday to show their strength in a year in which their trade organization, The National Association of Realtors, seems anxious on several levels. An estimated 15,000 Realtors gathered at the foot of the Washington Monument to, in the words of NAR President Moe Veissi “protect the American Dream of homeownership.” According to the Center for Responsive Politics NAR is number four on its list of “Heavy Hitters” with 41.9 million in political donations since 1989. They were a major force in electing Isaacson to the Senate in 2004 and in his 2010 re-election.
Outlet: Realty Times
Title: Who Aspires To Be a Renter?
Publication Date: 05/21/2012
Article URL: http://realtytimes.com/rtpages/20120522_renter.htm
Text Snippet: “No one aspires to be a renter,” proclaimed the speaker at last week’s “Rally to Protect the American Dream”, a gathering of more than 13,000 Realtors® at the Washington Monument. Gerardo Ascencio, President of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals, went on to tell of his immigrant parents who brought him to America, and who worked two jobs (each) so that they could move to nicer neighborhoods and a more comfortable home. He recounted that owning a home came late in life for his parents, later than had actually been possible.
Title: Realtors launch Capitol Hill lobbying blitz
Publication Date: 05/23/2012
Article URL: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0512/76643.html
Text Snippet: Another downside of the market troubles from the housing bubble’s collapse: Capitol Hill lobbying has gotten a whole lot harder for Realtors. But they’re certainly trying: The National Association of Realtors has blitzed more than 450 lawmakers and their staff with meetings over the past few days. And they’re getting the attention of politicians in high places. “Nothing is as effective as having a hometown constituent come into my office,” House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) told a crowd of 10,000 Realtors gathered in front of the Washington Monument last Thursday.
Outlet: Inman News
Title: NAR flexes political muscle
Publication Date: 05/17/2012
Article URL: http://www.inman.com/news/2012/05/17/nar-flexes-political-muscle
Text Snippet: Thousands of Realtors gathered around the Washington Monument today in a demonstration of the National Association of Realtors’ political clout. On this sunny mid-60s spring morning, an estimated 15,000 Realtors gathered for a “Rally to Protect the American Dream,” drawing attention to the trade group’s political goals.