There's No Place Like Home: Celebrate American Home Week, Suggests Florida Association of Realtors(R)

Apr 23, 2001, 01:00 ET from Florida Association of Realtors

    ORLANDO, Fla., April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- Florida
 Realtors(R) agree with the belief voiced by Dorothy in the movie classic, "The
 Wizard of Oz": "There's no place like home."  And, to help celebrate that
 sentiment, the Florida Association of Realtors(R) (FAR) wants to encourage
 residents across the state to commemorate American Home Week, April 22-28.
     "Pride of homeownership is probably the backbone of our country," says
 2001 FAR President Don Asher, broker/owner of Don Asher and Associates Inc. in
 Orlando.  "When the national homeownership rate average is near 67.4 percent
 (according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development), it
 demonstrates the value that people place on owning a home.  Buying a home is
 the best investment that anybody can make, and it gives people the security of
 being able to enjoy the use of their investment while they're making it."
     Throughout Florida and around the nation, local Realtor boards and
 associations are celebrating American Home Week with various activities to
 help raise the public's awareness of the importance of homeownership and its
 benefits.  This year's event examines homeownership and history, with a theme
 inspired by "Within These Walls..." -- a new exhibition sponsored by the
 National Association of Realtors(R) (NAR) in partnership with the
 Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.  The
 exhibit, which opens May 16, depicts the importance of homeownership during
 the last 250 years of history, according to NAR President Richard A.
 Mendenhall.
     American Home Week offers the opportunity to remind people that
 homeownership is the foundation of a thriving community, Asher says.
     Research on homeownership supports Florida Realtors' belief that
 homeownership provides a variety of benefits -- tangible and intangible -- to
 the community as well as the individual homeowner.  People who own homes have
 a strong financial stake in what happens to their community and tend to become
 more involved in community and civic affairs.  Homeowners also may interact
 with their neighbors to gain wider influence over their neighborhoods and
 communities.
     For example, studies show that homeowners join up to 41 percent more civic
 and/or nonprofessional organizations than renters, such as the PTA or Scouts;
 vote in local elections 15 percent more often; enhance their neighborhoods
 with gardens 12 percent more often; have a 3 percent greater chance of being
 interested in public affairs; and are more likely to have lobbied a local,
 state or federal official.
     The Florida Association of Realtors (FAR), the voice for real estate in
 Florida, provides programs, services, continuing education, research and
 legislative representation to its 65,000 members in 71 boards/associations.
 
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SOURCE Florida Association of Realtors
    ORLANDO, Fla., April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- Florida
 Realtors(R) agree with the belief voiced by Dorothy in the movie classic, "The
 Wizard of Oz": "There's no place like home."  And, to help celebrate that
 sentiment, the Florida Association of Realtors(R) (FAR) wants to encourage
 residents across the state to commemorate American Home Week, April 22-28.
     "Pride of homeownership is probably the backbone of our country," says
 2001 FAR President Don Asher, broker/owner of Don Asher and Associates Inc. in
 Orlando.  "When the national homeownership rate average is near 67.4 percent
 (according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development), it
 demonstrates the value that people place on owning a home.  Buying a home is
 the best investment that anybody can make, and it gives people the security of
 being able to enjoy the use of their investment while they're making it."
     Throughout Florida and around the nation, local Realtor boards and
 associations are celebrating American Home Week with various activities to
 help raise the public's awareness of the importance of homeownership and its
 benefits.  This year's event examines homeownership and history, with a theme
 inspired by "Within These Walls..." -- a new exhibition sponsored by the
 National Association of Realtors(R) (NAR) in partnership with the
 Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.  The
 exhibit, which opens May 16, depicts the importance of homeownership during
 the last 250 years of history, according to NAR President Richard A.
 Mendenhall.
     American Home Week offers the opportunity to remind people that
 homeownership is the foundation of a thriving community, Asher says.
     Research on homeownership supports Florida Realtors' belief that
 homeownership provides a variety of benefits -- tangible and intangible -- to
 the community as well as the individual homeowner.  People who own homes have
 a strong financial stake in what happens to their community and tend to become
 more involved in community and civic affairs.  Homeowners also may interact
 with their neighbors to gain wider influence over their neighborhoods and
 communities.
     For example, studies show that homeowners join up to 41 percent more civic
 and/or nonprofessional organizations than renters, such as the PTA or Scouts;
 vote in local elections 15 percent more often; enhance their neighborhoods
 with gardens 12 percent more often; have a 3 percent greater chance of being
 interested in public affairs; and are more likely to have lobbied a local,
 state or federal official.
     The Florida Association of Realtors (FAR), the voice for real estate in
 Florida, provides programs, services, continuing education, research and
 legislative representation to its 65,000 members in 71 boards/associations.
 
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