Take a minute now to thank Congress for passing the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
We believe everyone should have a place to call home. Our motto “That’s Who We R” serves as our rallying cry, instilling pride in our members every day to promote the American dream and to improve the lives of those who live around us.
We Are In The Midst Of A Housing Crisis
In Spokane, we are in the midst of a housing crisis. There are fewer homes available at all levels than ever before. It’s forced many into apartments and rental homes triggering a 1-2% vacancy rate. Too few homes, mean that housing prices continue to see double digit price increases, every year. How do we compare? Home ownership rates have fallen nationally to the lowest levels ever at under 62%. While in Spokane, that number is even lower at roughly 57%.
For us, it’s about creating opportunity. With many young families, owning a home may be their only chance to save for their future. More importantly, with a home comes opportunity. It means having a place for our children to stay, instead of moving away. Or for new companies looking for a place to relocate, it means a place for families to settle. Yet, the course we are on means that for too many, the American Dream of home ownership grows more dim with each passing month.
Everyone Should Have A Place To Call Home
Your Spokane Association of REALTORS® is working hard to find homes at all levels. We recently launched a Vacant and Abandoned Home coalition to help bring some 3,000 homes in our area back to life, rather than sit empty. It means working with our State lawmakers to encourage smart infill opportunities with incentives for cities to grow. We helped pass a real estate tax designed to create more opportunities in our community for affordable homes.
What we do NOT believe, is development at any cost. Instead, we believe in the rule of law established under the Growth Management Act. This tool offers thoughtful ways to grow, while protecting those who live here.
Our Fight Is Your Fight
After all, we are 2,300 small business owners right here in your community. We’re your neighbors, working to help make this a better place for everyone. We believe strongly in building better communities. That’s why you will find REALTORS® dedicated to volunteering hundreds of hours every year in just about every non-profit organization in our area.
Why do we believe so strongly in home ownership? Because, it makes for better neighborhoods, for stronger families and, for many, offers financial stability you won’t find anywhere else.
For REALTORS® it’s part of our DNA. We’re fighting to help you find a place to call home. A place where we all share.