Realtors Can Help HomeBuyers Find Affordable Housing Opportunities

It's no secret that the cost of housing has skyrocketed in many parts of the country, placing stress on millions of families and forcing them to make lifestyle sacrifices to pay for adequate shelter. One out of every seven American families today faces critical housing needs.

That's why the nation's Realtors have just launched a new national program to help create more affordable housing opportunities - both rental and homeownership in communities.

The National Association of Realtors' Housing Opportunity Program equips Realtos with tools they can use, including training, research, communications tools and opportunities to work in coalition with allied interests to promote the construction or rehabilitation of affordable housing projects.

Americans are worried about the high cost of buying or owning a home for their family.

Housing affordability issues are driving not only the housing market, but important lifestyle decisions as well, such as where to live and work.

"As Realtors, we're working with communities around the country to stimulate more affordable housing and close the homeownership gap. We're committed to helping every American afford his or her own home," said Cathy Whatley, president of the National Association of Realtors.

NAR's new program includes:

Housing costs are dividing American into two nations, one of "housing haves" - families that bought property before the price explosion or who can afford high prices - and another of "housing have-nots" who must scale down their expectations and make lifestyle sacrifices to afford adequate shelter.

NAR's new Housing Opportunity Program seeks to reverse that trend by empowering and encouraging the nation's 800,000 Realtors to become aggressive advocates for successful, credible and viable housing opportunity programs in their own communities.

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