Housing must remain nation’s top priority, say Realtors

WASHINGTON – Oct. 5, 2011 – National Association of Realtors® (NAR) President Ron Phipps joined a panel of experts to discuss solutions for addressing the country’s housing and economic challenges during the New Solutions for America’s Housing Crisis forum. Economic Policies for the 21st Century and the Progressive Policy Institute hosted the event.

“We need to keep housing first on the nation’s public policy agenda, because housing and homeownership issues affect all Americans, and a housing recovery is necessary for the nation’s economic well-being,” Phipps said during the forum.

“As the leading advocate for homeownership, Realtors know that issues like affordable financing, natural disaster insurance, the mortgage interest deduction, and foreclosures and short sales don’t just affect people who own a home – homeownership shapes communities and strengthens the nation’s economy,” said Phipps. “America needs strong public policies that promote responsible, sustainable homeownership and that will help stabilize the nation’s housing market to support an economic recovery.”

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