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REALTORS® Run for a Cause

NAR President Steve Brown encourages REALTORS® across the country to support charities of REALTORS® running in the 2014 Boston Marathon.


Silent Auction for REALTORS® Relief Foundation

The first-ever REALTORS® Relief Foundation online silent auction takes place during the 2013 REALTOR® Conference & Expo. Bid for great offers including vacations, hotel rooms and gift certificates. Learn more in Gary's video.


What Is the REALTOR® Party?

2013 NAR President Gary Thomas debuts NAR's newly created REALTOR® Party Awareness Campaign that highlights its three vital components: Vote, Act, and Invest.


Let's Hang Out for America's Veterans

In this edition of NAR's Leadership Podcast, Vice President Leslie Rouda Smith invites REALTORS® to join in a live Hangout on Google about home loans from the Veterans Administration, which today are easier than ever. Join the Hangout on April 9, from 11 a.m. to noon EST, and watch live as representatives from the Veterans Administration, Veterans United, and REALTORS® discuss the benefits of VA loans and the process for obtaining them.


Staying Involved in 2013

2013 NAR President Gary Thomas wishes REALTORS® a happy new year and asks all members to stay engaged during a busy year ahead for real estate.


Protecting Real Estate in "Fiscal Cliff" Legislation

Steve Brown, NAR's 2013 President-Elect, thanks REALTORS® for a job well done in the most recent call for action in which REALTORS generated 143,000 letters to Congress in less than a month, asking them to do no harm to housing. He also reviews the outcomes of the recent legislation to avoid the fiscal cliff that will help continue the real estate market recovery.

Learn more about the "Fiscal Cliff" Legislation


Happy Holidays from NAR

On behalf of the entire 2013 Leadership Team, NAR President Gary Thomas wishes all REALTORS® a happy holiday season.


Preserve Access to Safe and Affordable Mortgages

2012 NAR President Moe Veissi urges REALTORS® to preserve homeownership for thousands of American families who will lose access to safe and affordable mortgages backed by the Rural Housing Service Section (RHS) 502 Program, by contacting Congress and reminding them to keep the door to homeownership open in all housing markets.

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Helping Out in New Orleans

2012 NAR President Moe Veissi sees first-hand the devastation from Hurricane Isaac near New Orleans and asks for REALTORS® everywhere to contribute to the REALTOR® Relief Foundation to help colleagues along the Gulf Coast, which has already provided $100,000 to the Louisiana Association of REALTORS® Relief Fund.


Join Me in Orlando at the 2012 REALTORS® Conference & Expo

Discover your magic at the REALTORS® Conference & Expo this Nov. 9-12, in Orlando, Fla. Join 20,000 REALTORS® in President Veissi's home state for education, networking, and plenty of time for fun.

This year will include the first-ever REALTOR® Spirit Day on Nov. 9. Orlando is affordable with conference registration starting at $50 and hotels at just $69 a night. See you in November.


Reaching Out to Consumers

NAR is reaching out to the nation's 75 million home owners to ask them to join in preserving and protecting the dream of home ownership. Learn more in the latest podcast from 2012 NAR President Moe Veissi.


July 16, 2012: Get Your Reward Through the MVP Program

In the latest edition of "Mondays with Moe" President's Podcast, 2012 NAR President Moe Veissi invites NAR Treasurer Bill Armstrong and Senior Vice President of Marketing Bob Goldberg to provide more details about NAR's MVP Program, a popular new program among members that provides rewards for taking action.


July 2, 2012: Celebrate the American Dream

In the latest edition of "Mondays with Moe" President's Podcast 2012 NAR President Moe Veissi encourages all members to celebrate the Fourth of July with the special understanding that every time they sell a home they further establish the ideals that build America into the greatest country on the face of the earth.


June 18, 2012: REALTOR® Party Winning for You

2012 NAR President Moe Veissi highlights the broad array of recent REALTOR® Party legislative and electoral wins in the latest "Mondays with Moe" President's Podcast. He discusses the victories from Kansas REALTORS® winning legislation to protect the mortgage interest deduction, to North Dakota REALTORS® defeating a property tax referendum, plus a slate of candidates backed by the REALTOR® Party.


June 4, 2012: An Interview With Bank of America

In this week's President's Podcast, 2012 NAR President Moe Veissi welcomes NAR Vice President and Liaison to Government Affairs Scott Louser and Bank of America Executive Matt Vernon. They discuss the ongoing partnership between NAR and Bank of America, what Bank of America is doing to improve the mortgage origination and short sales processes, and how REALTORS® can help educate consumers about mortgages.

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May 21, 2012: Thank YOU!

NAR President Moe Veissi thanks the thousands of REALTORS who participated, both online and in person, in the Rally to Protect the American Dream. Relive memorable moments from the historic day.


May 9, 2012: NAR President Moe Veissi Urges Congress to Reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program

On May 9, NAR President Moe Veissi testified on Capitol Hill about reauthorizing the National Flood Insurance Program, which is set to expire on May 31. Flooding affects not just coastal states, but is an issue across the entire country. Wherever flooding occurs it slows down processes like mortgage issuance and deters potential property buyers. REALTORS® and the real estate market need a five-year reauthorization of NFIP as quickly as possible, and NAR and President Moe Veissi are working to make it happen.

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May 7, 2012: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

The Rally to Protect the American Dream is just 10 days away and REALTORS® are heading to Washington, D.C., from all corners of the country - North Dakota, New Jersey, Maine, and Miami are but a few of the places. And whether it's by bus, by car, by train, or by plane, REALTORS® are going to make the cause of homeownership front and center on May 17. Find out how many REALTORS® are attending the Rally from NAR President Moe Veissi.

More about the Rally to Protect the American Dream


April 30, 2012: Come on Down to the 2012 REALTORS® Conference & Expo

2012 NAR President Moe Veissi wants you to come down to his home state for the 2012 REALTORS® Conference and Expo, in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 9-12. It promises to be not only a great convention, filled with educational opportunities, it will also offer a host of entertainment for the whole family, musical guest Glenn Frey and a REALTOR® night at Universal Studios. Get in the mood for the 2012 REALTORS® Conference & Expo and get engaged with the REALTOR® family. Registration opens May 3.


April 16, 2012: A Washington Monument-al Move

In the April 16 edition of "Mondays with Moe," 2012 NAR President Moe Veissi talks about REALTORS®' overwhelming response to the Rally to Protect the American Dream -- and as a result, a new home where it will be held - by the Washington Monument, on the National Mall, often referred to as "America's Backyard." A REALTOR® sea of blue will be impossible to ignore in our new, historic location. Get the details in Moe's podcast.

April 2, 2012: Protecting Our REALTOR® Trademark

In the April 2 edition of "Mondays with Moe," 2012 NAR President Moe Veissi explains why our brand, the REALTOR "R", sets members of the National Association of REALTORS® apart.

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March 12, 2012: Raising the Bar

In the March 12 edition of "Mondays with Moe," 2012 NAR President Moe Veissi invites one of NAR's most respected leaders and statesmen, 2001 NAR President Richard Mendenhall to share an inspirational story about General Schwarzkopf, and how he began his military career an infantry leader, but found himself in charge of an air patrol of helicopters. He knew he would have to raise the bar if he was going to succeed in his new position that he wasn't skilled in. Mendenhall then relates how this story is similar to what NAR President Moe Veissi is doing with the Rally to... Read More(image)

March 5, 2012: Register Now for the Rally to Protect the American Dream

In the March 5 edition of "Mondays with Moe," 2012 NAR President Moe Veissi announces that the website for the Rally to Protect the American Dream is now live. He encourages every member to go the site now to register, as well as every association to go to the site to request a bus to help bring members to the Rally.



Feb. 21, 2012: 3.8% Health Care Tax and Realtor Rally Update

In the February 21st edition of the President's Podcast, 2012 NAR President Moe Veissi discusses two important issues facing REALTORS®. First, he corrects misinformation that members may have heard about a 3.8 percent tax in the new health care law, and reiterates that it is not a transfer tax. Second, he provides an important update on the rally that REALTORS® are holding to protect the American Dream of Home Ownership on May 17th, 2012 in Washington, DC. He encourages everyone to attend to ensure that REALTORS®' voices will be heard.


Feb. 6, 2012: Keeping Home Ownership Affordable

In the February 6th edition of "Mondays with Moe," 2012 NAR President Moe Veissi discusses an important issue that could cause the cost of home ownership to increase, and why he is urging members to contact their member of Congress and tell them to do no harm to housing. President Veissi also provides an update on the Midyear Legislative Meetings and Expo and encourages everyone to attend the special rally where REALTORS® will tell Congress that Home Ownership Matters.


Jan. 11, 2012: New Year, New Opportunities

In the first President's Podcast of the New Year, 2012 NAR President Moe Veissi highlights the exciting opportunities on the horizon for REALTORS®, including the new direction that the strategic plan is taking, the upcoming public policy conference, and the special plans underway to make the upcoming Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo—an event that members won't want to miss.


Dec. 19, 2011: Holiday Greetings

In this installment of "Mondays With Moe," 2012 NAR President Moe Veissi wishes the REALTOR® family a safe and happy holiday and takes the opportunity to look back at REALTORS®' accomplishments in 2011 — from launching a national Home Ownership Matters Bus Tour and sharing our compassion with neighbors hard hit by natural disasters to REALTORS®' accomplishments on Capitol Hill on behalf of the American dream of home ownership.


Dec. 5, 2011: Introducing 'Mondays With Moe'

In his first podcast as president of the National Association of REALTORS®, 2012 NAR President Moe Veissi introduces the new format and time when you can expect to hear the President's podcast—which will be on every other Monday of the month. He highlights how REALTORS® are off to a great start this year with a win in Louisiana where REALTORS® helped pass a state constitutional amendment banning real estate transfer taxes, and how this underscores the vital role that REALTORS® play in knitting together the fabric of America's communities.

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Nov. 9, 2011: 2011 President's Last Greeting

2011 NAR President Ron Phipps gives his final greeting as president, encouraging Realtors® to stay strong through these tough economic times and to stay committed to the cause of home ownership, for our children and grandchildren. He looks forward to the new leadership, and to returning to "Main Street" to list and sell properties.


Nov. 1, 2011: NAR Urges Action On Loan Limits With FHFA

2011 NAR President Ron Phipps discusses his meeting with Federal Housing Finance Administration Acting Director Ed DeMarco about the importance of reinstating the higher loan limits, and the positive effect it will have on ensuring that the American Dream of home ownership remains affordable for the middle class.

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Oct. 18, 2011: Making It Happen

2011 NAR President Ron Phipps promotes the upcoming online Town Hall on October 27, 2011, at 1:00 pm central time, and encourages members to submit their questions for NAR Leadership to answer during the Town Hall.

Submit your questions for the Town Hall at

Register for the online Town Hall.


Oct. 12, 2011: Architects of Change

2011 NAR President Ron Phipps remembers Apple CEO Steve Jobs and his impact on the real estate industry and encourages REALTORS® to be like Steve Jobs in our efforts to be architects for change in the housing industry and our country.


Oct. 4, 2011: REALTORS® Are the "Mind, Architect, and Author" of Housing Policy

2011 NAR President Ron Phipps discusses his involvement in the "New Solutions for America's Housing Crisis" conference, and highlights how REALTORS® are the driving force behind those solutions that will rebuild the housing market.

'Do No Harm' Is Mantra at Housing Solutions Conference


Sept. 20, 2011: Listening Points

2011 NAR President Ron Phipps discusses how the Leadership Team is traveling to every corner of the country this month to listen to our members' concerns, and how NAR is working to address them.


Sept. 7, 2011: Courage of Steel, Character of Sterling

2011 NAR President Ron Phipps reflects on the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks by remembering close friends in the military who work to protect the freedoms that have made America so special and great.


Sept. 6, 2011: Hurricane Irene Highlights Importance of NFIP

2011 NAR President Ron Phipps discusses how the effects of Hurricane Irene should remind all REALTORS® that flooding happens everywhere, which is why REALTORS® should take action to urge their Senators to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program before it expires on September 30.

Send Your Senator a Letter Supporting NFIP Reauthorization

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Sept. 2, 2011: REALTORS® Understand and Honor Labor

In honor of Labor Day, 2011 NAR President Ron Phipps discusses the important meaning of Labor Day and how REALTORS® honor every type of labor as we work together shoulder-to-shoulder to create the meaning of home.


Aug. 4, 2011: Substantive Action

With the debt ceiling debate now concluded, 2011 NAR President Ron Phipps looks ahead to three upcoming challenges facing REALTORS®: extending loan limits and flood insurance, both of which are set to expire on Sept. 30., and preserving and protecting the mortgage interest deduction. He asks NAR members to meet with their members of Congress to urge substantive action on these three critical issues.

Send a message to your member of Congress about reauthorizing the National Flood Insurance Program and extending loan limits through the REALTOR® Action Center:

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July 19, 2011: Home Ownership Matters Hits the Road, Again

2011 NAR President Ron Phipps kicks off the second half of NAR's Home Ownership Matters bus tour at the first stop in Atlanta, Georgia. Over the next 4 months, 33 states and more than 12,000 miles NAR will be bringing the message that home ownership matters to communities both large and small.

See details about the Home Ownership Matters Bus Tour

Stay up to date with the Bus Tour on Facebook


June 22, 2011: Sensible Policies, Please

2011 NAR President Ron Phipps talks about once again battling government policies that prevent consumers from getting mortgages. He discusses the pitfalls of the qualified residential mortgage (QRM) policy proposal requiring consumers to put 20 percent down to make a mortgage "safe." He also talks about the dangers of the current FHA, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac loan limits set to expire on Sept. 30, and asks REALTORS® to answer the call for action to make them permanent.

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May 30, 2011: Special Memorial Day Message

NAR President Ron Phipps asks us to pause and take time to remember the sacrifices of the men and women of the military and our veterans in a special Memorial Day message to members.


May 3, 2011: Supporting the Troops and Americans Who Recently Lost Their Homes

2011 President Ron Phipps thanks our military for protecting our freedoms and calls on REALTORS® to stand together as home owners in Washington and support fellow REALTORS® who have lost their homes in Alabama and other states.

Answer the Call for Action on the Mortgage Interest Deduction

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April 18, 2011: Short Sales, Qualified Residential Mortgages, and Budget Battles

2011 NAR President Ron Phipps discusses new legislation in Congress aimed at putting a deadline on lenders responding to short sales. He also explains the effects the "qualified residential mortgages" (QRM) and the current budget discussions could have on our industry.

REALTORS® Applaud Bill to Speed Lender Response to Short Sales

QRM: How Will High Downpayment Rule Hurt Home Buyers?

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April 5, 2011: What America Needs

2011 NAR President Ron Phipps sends a clear message to Congress that America needs a strong secondary mortgage market and encourages members to raise their voices on the MID.

Answer the Call for Action on the MID

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March 15, 2011: MID Benefits Middle Class

2011 NAR President Ron Phipps discusses how the mortgage interest deduction predominantly benefits the middle class and how we need to make our state and local lobbying efforts just as effective as our lobbying efforts on the national level.


Net Worth: Home Owners vs. Renters

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March 1, 2011: Going Global Strengthens the Real Estate Market at Home

In his latest podcast, direct from Singapore, Ron explains how our work with global partners to stimulate the global real estate business complements NAR's efforts to strengthen the real estate market in the United States.


Feb. 15, 2011: Restructuring the Secondary Mortgage Market

2011 NAR President Ron Phipps explains NAR's position on secondary mortgage market reform and provides information on the Home Ownership Matters bus tour, which kicks off in Chicago in March.

Restructuring the Secondary Mortgage Market (GSEs)

Home Ownership Matters Bus Tour


Feb. 1, 2011: Lenders Acknowledge Credit Standards are Too Restrictive

2011 NAR President Ron Phipps discusses meeting with Citibank, Treasury and FHFA, and the acknowledgment that credit requirements are too restrictive.


Jan. 18, 2011: New Public Awareness Campaign Ads Coming to a Show Near You

2011 NAR President Ron Phipps explains why he's so excited about the new Public Awareness Campaign ads, which launched on January 17th, and where you can tune in to hear and see them.

Public Awareness Campaign Web site


Jan. 3, 2011: MID, GSEs, and the LIVE REALTOR® Town Hall

2011 NAR President Ron Phipps discusses 2011 priorities and the launch of new public awareness campaign ads, an eNewsletter and the first LIVE REALTOR® Town Hall on January 24th.

Protecting the MID

Basics of the GSEs

Home Ownership Matters

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