In today’s Peoria Journal Star, Laura Martin, president of the Peoria Area Association of REALTOR®, tells why she and many of her REALTOR® colleagues from Illinois and thousands more from around the country are headed to Washington, D.C., this week to fight for homeownership and the real estate industry.

REALTORS® will be talking to federal lawmakers about issues such as preserving the mortgage interest deduction, liquidity in the mortgage lending markets, FHA, flood insurance, Internet sales tax and other key issues.

“Congress addresses myriad real estate issues every year. What makes this year unique is that, for the first time, the American Dream as we know it is under attack. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to pursue the American Dream of home ownership, and we will fight against obstacles that make it more difficult for people to buy, own and invest in real estate,” Martin said.