Home Building Industry and REALTORS Launch First Housing Day at the State Capitol

Speaker of the House Kurt Daudt (R-Crown) (right) meets with builder Bob Michels, Michels Homes (center) and remodeler Shawn Nelson, New Spaces (left) during Housing Day at the Capitol.

Speaker of the House Kurt Daudt (R-Crown) (right) meets with builder Bob Michels, Michels Homes (center) and remodeler Shawn Nelson, New Spaces (left) during Housing Day at the Capitol.

Last February, members of the home building industry joined to­gether with members of the Min­nesota REALTORS creating a force 600 strong advocating for home­ownership during the first-ever Housing Day at the Capitol. The monumental event marked the start of an exciting partnership as both groups joined together to share with lawmakers their collective support of the Minnesota Homeownership Ini­tiative, a package of legislative pro­posals that promote homeownership.

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“Homeownership strengthens our communities and helps build safe and secure neighborhoods,” said Christopher Galler, CEO, Minne­sota REALTORS. “It’s important we share that message with our lawmakers.”

Attendees took part in a total of 171 meetings with legislators, reach­ing 85 percent of the Minnesota legislature. It gave attendees a chance to share their personal stories with their lawmakers about the challenges facing the housing industry.

Sen. Tom Bakk (DFL-Cook) (right) studies housing industry priorities during a meeting with constituents.

Sen. Tom Bakk (DFL-Cook) (right) studies housing industry priorities during a meeting with constituents.

Attendees gather to learn about housing-related legislation before meetings at the Minnesota State Capitol

Attendees gather to learn about housing-related legislation before meetings at the Minnesota State Capitol

“A recent survey showed that 84 percent of Twin Cities’ residents be­lieve that owning a home is central to the American Dream, and yet homeownership in Minnesota is at a 50-year low,” said David Siegel, executive director, Housing First Minnesota. “It’s clear we need to be doing more to support and encour­age homeownership.”

Homeownership is the back­bone of safe neighborhoods, healthy schools, a consistent labor force and strong communities. In a recovering housing market in the wake of the worst recession in 70 years, a variety of strategies are needed to help fami­lies purchase their dream home.


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