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Realtors from Kansas City address housing issues on Capitol Hill

Updated: 2013-05-17T18:12:14Z

The Kansas City real estate market has definitely been heating up in recent months and local Realtors have been hard at work in 2013 keeping up with the demand of the current active market.

When most people think about the role of a Realtor, selling real estate comes to mind first. The truth is that Realtors, as members of the National Association of Realtors, are also the leading advocates for home ownership and housing issues, on the local, state and national level.

In fact, a group of Kansas City-area Realtors convened this month in Washington, D.C., during the 2013 Midyear Legislative Meetings to meet with lawmakers on Capitol Hill to discuss the housing issues critical to Kansas City.

During the meetings, Realtors met with their U.S. Senators and Representatives to communicate the issues critical to Realtors’ businesses, communities and the consumers they represent. Realtors all across the country were advocating public policies that promote sustainable home ownership and help move the real estate market forward toward a full recovery.

The meetings focused on important issues impacting the real estate market, including preserving the mission and purpose of the Federal Housing Administration, protecting home ownership tax policies such as the mortgage interest deduction, and ensuring that mortgage financing is available and affordable to creditworthy homebuyers.

Home ownership has had long-standing support in this country because of its many benefits to individuals and families, communities and to the nation’s economy. Owning a home is an investment in your future and for many people, home ownership helps them gain a foothold into the middle class. Realtors remain committed to preserving housing-related provisions that help facilitate home ownership, build wealth for families and provide stability to communities.

National Association of Realtors President Gary Thomas praised local Realtors for their ongoing efforts to address crucial housing issues with their members of Congress and help ensure the future of home ownership.

“Realtors know the value of owning a home and investing in real estate, and by making ourselves heard on Capitol Hill this month, we are working to ensure that the American Dream of home ownership stays alive for generations to come,” Thomas said.

Brenda Oliver is president of the Kansas City Regional Association of Realtors.

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