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Tornado Recovery Underscores How Much Home Ownership Matters

Washington, DC – July 21, 2011 – (RealEstateRama) — As NAR’s Home Ownership Matters bus crosses Alabama this week, Realtors® are providing assistance to victims of the April 27 tornadoes with funds raised from Realtor® donations across the country.

“When we see the devastation of families losing their homes in natural disasters, we’re reminded of just how much home ownership matters,” said National Association of Realtors® 2012 First Vice President Steve Brown, who met with Realtors® and families affected by the tornadoes. “Realtors® not only build communities, but also help rebuild homes and neighborhoods devastated by natural disasters as we have seen here in Alabama.”

As part of the Home Ownership Matters bus tour, Brown joined Alabama Association of Realtors® Secretary Pam Segars Morris and Pleasant Grove Mayor Jerry Brasseale at an event today in Pleasant Grove, Ala., to present several families with checks to help them rebuild. Funds were collected through NAR’s Realtor® Relief Foundation and the Alabama Realtor® Disaster Relief Fund. Since April, the Alabama Realtor® Disaster Relief Fund has provided assistance to more than 150 families in need.

“Homes provide shelter and comfort, and they form a foundation on which many people build their lives and families,” said Brown. “That is why on the national level, NAR strongly supports developing a federal natural disaster policy to ensure that families can obtain affordable property insurance. Closer to home, I’m proud to say that Realtors® are helping families right here in Alabama rebuild and once again have a place to call home.”

NAR’s Home Ownership Matters Bus Tour is currently crossing the country, giving people the opportunity and resources to make their voices heard about the housing issues that matter most to them. Ongoing news and information for the tour is posted at

The National Association of Realtors®, “The Voice for Real Estate,” is America’s largest trade association, representing 1.1 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.

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Stephanie Singer 202/383-1050