Each year during the month of June, REALTORS® across the country – and in the Greater Lehigh Valley – take the opportunity to celebrate homeownership by showcasing individual homeowners, government officials, and various programs that protect and promote the American Dream of homeownership.
Homeownership Month was created both to encourage current and future homeowners to be advocates for homeownership and to ensure current and prospective homeowners have their voices heard at local, state, and national levels of government.
To many, the very nature of owning a home offers people a sense of pride and security. It also represents a testament to one’s hard work and sacrifices. As an organization, the Greater Lehigh Valley REALTORS®, which owns and operates the Greater Lehigh Valley Real Estate Academy, believes it is vital to take time out to observe and promote homeownership not only for the personal benefits it provides, but also because of its proven ability to strengthen American communities, offer long-term, generational building opportunities, and for the institutions ability to stabilize and solidify America’s broader economy.
To that point, real estate is an essential driver of our economic growth, accounting for more than 16% – or $3 trillion – of America’s Gross Domestic Product. In the United States, home sales support more than 2.5 million private-sector jobs in an average year. And over this past year, thanks in part to millions of dedicated Realtors® and countless hardworking homebuyers, the real estate industry did its part to keep the country’s economy afloat during the pandemic.
A recent study from the National Association of REALTORS® – the Social Benefits of Homeownership and Stable Housing Report – shows that homeowners tend to be happier and healthier. On average, they vote more, volunteer more, and contribute more to their communities. And their children tend to perform better academically and socially, too.
As Homeownership Month continues, our hope is local REALTORS® and the students who leave the Greater Lehigh Valley Real Estate Academy help facilitate a conversation – by engaging current and future homeowners – to highlight the importance and critical benefits of homeownership in America.
Do you want to join us in observing Homeownership Month from the vantage point of an agent? The Greater Lehigh Valley Real Estate Academy offers pre-licensing courses, with morning and evening start times that easily fit into your busy schedule.
Our pre-licensing sessions include Real Estate Fundamentals (30 hours) and Real Estate Practice (45 hours), both of which are required by the Pennsylvania Real Estate Commission to qualify to take the State Real Estate Exam, and a full day of exam preparation.
Learn more by visiting our Become an Agent page.