SOURCE: National Association of Realtors

National Association of Realtors

June 21, 2010 10:09 ET

Springfield, Mass., Receives 'Ambassador' Designation for Promoting and Sustaining Area Homeownership

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - June 21, 2010) - The city of Springfield, Mass., has been named a 2010 Ambassador City by the National Association of Realtors® and the U.S. Conference of Mayors for Buy Springfield Now, a program to promote and sustain affordable homeownership. 

Buy Springfield Now is a collaboration of the city of Springfield; the Realtor® Association of Pioneer Valley; RAPV's Realtor® and affiliate members; Mass Housing, a local affordable housing organization; and area employers, retailers, builders, and nonprofits to provide education, services and special incentives to help Springfield residents purchase or sustain a home. The program was established in 2009 and has helped more than 120 Springfield families realize their dreams of homeownership.

"Realtors® build communities and advocate effective solutions to help consumers sustain or gain access to homeownership," said NAR President Vicki Cox Golder, owner of Vicki L. Cox & Associates in Tucson, Ariz. "Buy Springfield Now is an excellent, first-stop resource for promoting the many benefits of owning a home in Springfield and connecting potential buyers and current homeowners with easy to access information, expert resources and experienced professionals."

Through Buy Springfield Now, residents have access to education about buying and sustaining homeownership; safe, affordable home loan products; special incentives from RAPV affiliates, such as reduced closing costs; discounts from area retailers on home-related goods and services; and the ability to work with professional Realtors® who've been specially trained through the Buy Springfield Now program. The program is open to all home buyers, not just first-time buyers. Additional information can be found at

At a community picnic held this past weekend, Realtor® Chris Clemans, 2010 chair of NAR's Housing Opportunity Committee, joined Dave Gatton, U.S. Conference of Mayors, to present the Ambassador for Cities plaque and a $5,000 check to RAPV Executive Vice President Ben Scranton and Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno.

The Ambassadors for Cities program was launched in 2003 by NAR and the U.S. Conference of Mayors, through its Council on the New American City, to encourage cities and local Realtor® associations to form partnerships to promote affordable housing and homeownership.

The National Association of Realtors®, "The Voice for Real Estate," is America's largest trade association, representing 1.1 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.

Information about NAR is available at News releases are posted in the Web site's "News Media" section in the NAR Media Center.

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