The National Association of Realtors has been known to make some “interesting” claims. Back in 2006 they launched a campaign which said It’s a great time to buy or sell a home. [I guess they were half right at the time.] This year they are launching another campaign with a Rally to protect the American Dream. Apparently we should get behind them this time as they fight to save civilization as we know it. If you thought housing was just about a place to live, read this from the NAR’s website:
Our industry is facing a crucial moment. Never before in the history of our great nation have housing and real estate been forced to defend the benefits they provide our country. The very foundation of civilization is no stronger, nor more enduring than the integrity of the homes on which they rest. [I Googled “foundation of civilization”. Apparently salt and beer are cornerstones too.]
We must have a sustainable, durable housing economy for generations to come. Congress and the President should see their job as bolstering the housing economy and strengthening our commitment to the country’s health. [I missed the section of the Constitution that lists “bolstering the housing economy” as one of the duties of Congress and the President.] If the housing market continues to falter, the economy cannot fully recover. Over the next 18 months Congress will begin reshaping the role of housing in achieving the dream of owning a home. That is what we are facing. REALTORS® have something to say about this. And this is our opportunity to ensure housing remains the fiber that binds together the fabric of America. [I guess that makes sense. If the “foundation of civilization” crumbles, America will undoubtedly fall apart.]
We are going to defend the American Dream from the doubters who say home ownership and real estate have run their course. [Are there really people out there saying that no one will own homes anymore? And how does real estate “run its course”? Does that mean the end of the world?] That is why we are holding the Rally to Protect the American Dream on May 17th in Washington, D.C. I am asking you to be there and stand with your fellow REALTORS® from every corner of America — from Alaska to Illinois to Texas to Guam.
The announcement ends with:
This is our time. This is our moment. We can’t do it without you. Join us.
Or face the crumbling of civilization/the end of America/the destruction of Earth/ or the biggie, fewer commissions for realtors from home sales.