National Association of Realtors celebrated American Home Week
Posted By Sparta Live | April 22, 2002 12:00 am
Every spring since 1952, REALTORS across America have led their communities, townships and neighborhoods in a celebration of home ownership and private property rights. Known today as American Home Week, this year’s April 7-13 observance marked the 50th anniversary of the tribute to one of the cornerstones of democracy. American Home Week is a celebration aimed at reminding citizens of their constitutional freedom to own private property. Throughout the designated week each April, the realtors association sponsors activities such as property improvement projects to aid the needy, essay contests centering on the theme of home ownership and special seminars on home-buying and home-selling trends.
American Home Week began in 1952 as the “BuildAmerica Better”program, with a focus on reenergizing run-down neighborhoods in urban areas. By 1954, the program gained wide recognition and was cited in the Municipal Yearbook of International City Managers as a major development in the field of housing conservation. In 1956, the program was renamed “Realtor Week” to highlight the differences between the realtors association and non-members, as well as to encourage the involvement of the members in civic, social and patriotic values of their communities. In 1975, the name was changed to “Private Property Week” to emphasize every American’s right to own and transfer property. Finally, in 1986 the name changed to American Home Week reflecting the most popular perception of private property-the home.