As states and localities work towards getting to a new normal after the COVID-19 pandemic, REALTORS® stand ready to play a pivotal role in helping communities rebuild and recover.
We have been heartened by the countless ways that REALTORS® across the country have shown continuous examples of being good neighbors in their communities, even in the face of this national health and economic emergency.
In South Carolina, a REALTOR® raised money to buy laptops for children without home computers so they could participate in distance learning. And in another part of the country, the Hawaii Association of REALTORS® donated $50,000 to state food banks.
The examples are endless and shine a spotlight on REALTORS® commitment to the communities they call home.
In this special issue of On Common Ground, we take a deeper dive into:
- how homeownership will evolve post-pandemic;
- what nonprofits and local governments are doing to help preserve homeownership; and,
- what a unique public-private partnership is doing to create resources for those experiencing housing insecurity.
We also use this special issue to look at how local governments are re-tooling public spaces to accommodate social distancing, as well as spotlight how businesses are adapting to the new landscape.
Housing is the backbone of our nation and the most powerful catalyst to restart economies.
The National Association of REALTORS® and its 1.4 million members stand ready to work with communities across the country to rebuild the economy and continue to be protectors and defenders of the American dream.
Vince Malta, 2020 President, National Association of REALTORS®
Bob Goldberg, CEO National Association of REALTORS®