President's Message

Teresa Palacios Smith, 2015 NAHREP President ¡Hola NAHREP familia! We are glad to have you visit our organizational homepage where we champion sustainable homeownership for Latinos across the country. None of our efforts would be possible without our talented and hardworking professional member base that carries out NAHREP's mission, our boots on the real estate ground! Our members are the lifeline of our organization and they work in various faucets of the real estate industry serving the Latino community in a way that is tailored to meet our unique and varying cultural needs.

Latinos are proud members of American society with much to contribute in making the U.S. a competitive and successful country. With the purchasing power of Latinos at $1.3 trillion and projections for 2020 estimating that purchase power grow to $2 trillion, right now is an exciting time for the community! Latinos will account for 7 million of the nation's 17 million new households. This is why removing barriers to homeownership for our community is important not only for Latinos but for the growth of the American housing market and economy as a whole. NAHREP and our members work hard to ensure Latino homebuyers stand educated, served, and empowered in the market.

Our approach is to work with our members and make certain they are up to speed on the latest in real estate by creating quality educational events that also allow them to network with other successful professionals in the industry where the education continues by sharing best business practices.

We add a Latino flair to our events that helps agents stay culturally connected to the community they serve. Our members in turn push forward that information and vitality through their businesses and set Latinos up to be successful homeowners.

NAHREP plays a huge role in advocating for public policy that creates homeownership opportunities for low and moderate-income families. This is done through research and the release of publications that allow us to share informed policy recommendations to the White House, members of Congress and other housing and finance officials. Each year, our leading members visit the Capitol and have one-on-one conversations with members of Congress as the Voice for Hispanic Real Estate®!

We are going to make 2015 an amazing and memorable year and I would like you to be a part of it! Whether you are Latino or not, if you want to move forward in the real estate industry and do well by doing good, then NAHREP is the organization for you! If you aren't a member yet, now is the perfect time to join the NAHREP movement and be a part of the familia.

To great things ahead and shaping history! ¡Arriba NAHREP!

Teresa Palacios Smith
2015 NAHREP President