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The National Association of Realtors renews its support of Habitat for Humanity

AMERICUS, Ga. (Aug. 10, 2006) – The National Association of Realtors will renew its support of Habitat for Humanity’s mission this year. NAR, state and territorial associations of Realtors will sponsor 54 Habitat homes in the Gulf Coast area as part of the REALTOR–Habitat partnership for Gulf Coast Recovery. Seven of those homes will be sponsored and built in the New Orleans Habitat Musicians’ Village during this year’s REALTORS Conference & Expo in New Orleans Nov. 10-13.

In the past six years NAR has sponsored Habitat builds in each of the cities hosting its annual conference. More than 100 NAR volunteers each day will build in partnership with families in need in the Musicians’ Village.

Also during that week New Orleans’ native son Harry Connick Jr. will be the featured performer of the National Association of Realtors Celebrity Concert. As this concert represents Connick’s first time in the Convention Center since his visit immediately following Katrina, Connick agreed to perform if, and only if, NAR sponsored several homes in the Musicians’ Village.

The Musicians’ Village was conceived by Connick and fellow New Orleans musician Branford Marsalis in partnership with New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity as a way to help displaced musicians and others come home. Connick is the honorary chair of Habitat for Humanity’s “Operation Home Delivery,” the long-term rebuilding plan for hurricane-affected families along the Gulf Coast, while Marsalis is the honorary chair of the New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity efforts.

“The National Association of Realtors has been a faithful Habitat partner for years–and we’re grateful for their involvement. This latest partnership is an extension of that commitment, and demonstrates the concern NAR members have for the many families so desperately hoping for a better life in a better house,” said Jonathan Reckford, chief executive officer of Habitat for Humanity International. “Through its support, the NAR is playing a critical role in Habitat’s efforts to create decent, affordable housing solutions for families throughout the Gulf Coast region.”

Last year, NAR also provided $1.7 million to Habitat for housing relief to those left homeless in South Asia due to the December 2004 tsunami. The donation helped build “REALTOR Villages” in four South Asian countries.

About The National Association of Realtors
The National Association of Realtors, “The Voice for Real Estate,” is America’s largest trade association, representing more than 1.3 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in Americus, Ga., in 1976, Habitat has built more than 200,000 houses in nearly 100 countries, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1 million people. For more information, visit www.habitat.org.