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Given the importance of the real estate market in today’s economic environment, REALTORS® will make their voices heard in Washington, D.C., next month at the National Association of REALTORS® Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo, May 14-19. More than 9,000 participants from across the country are expected to attend.

As a highlight of this year’s meetings, on Thursday, May 17, REALTORS® will rally in front of the Washington Monument from 9:30-11 a.m. for a Rally to Protect the American Dream. Members of Congress will join REALTORS® as they hear from speakers about how homeownership issues affect individuals, communities, small businesses and the nation. The rally will highlight the important role housing plays in the economic recovery.

Throughout the week, REALTORS® will meet with regulators, industry leaders, and members of Congress to address critical and urgent issues like homeownership tax benefits, mortgage liquidity, flood insurance reform, commercial real estate lending, and measures to ensure the stability of the real estate market and overall economic recovery.

Members of the media can register in advance by contacting Yolanda Byrd, 202-383-7515, Onsite registration is in the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel Atrium on Monday, May 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tuesday, May 15, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Wednesday, May 16 and Thursday, May 17, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Friday, May 18, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Registration is free for credentialed media and is required to attend the meetings.

Speakers and guest panelists throughout the week include former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele; leading Democratic strategist Celinda Lake; Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Edward DeMarco; Acting Federal Housing Administration Commissioner and Assistant Secretary for Housing Carole Galante; National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling; Moody’s Analytics Chief Economist Mark Zandi; Federal Reserve System Governor Elizabeth Duke; Counselor to the Treasury Secretary on Housing Finance Michael Stegman; Federal Reserve Board of Governors Senior Economist Raven Molloy; and Real Estate Roundtable President and CEO Jeffrey DeBoer.

The Trade Expo will be open on Wednesday, May 16 and Thursday, May 17 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. More than 100 exhibitors will demonstrate the latest real estate industry innovations and explain how these are transforming the way REALTORS® do business. Learn about mobile office devices, lead generation systems, Internet prospecting solutions, Multiple Listing Service providers, virtual tour technology, financial services, and much more.

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