Real­tors give to help with re­lief

The Signal - - REAL ESTATE NEWS - By Marty Ko­vacs Sig­nal Con­trib­u­tor Marty Ko­vacs is the 2017 Chair­man of the Santa Clarita Val­ley Di­vi­sion of the 9,600-mem­ber South­land Re­gional As­so­ci­a­tion of Real­tors. David Walker, of Walker As­so­ci­ates, co-au­thors ar­ti­cles for SRAR. The col­umn rep­rese

Real­tors na­tion­wide do­nated $1.75 mil­lion to hur­ri­cane dis­as­ter re­lief while teams of real es­tate pro­fes­sion­als, in­clud­ing lo­cal con­tin­gents, made the jour­ney to help stricken home­own­ers clear muck from shat­tered, sod­den res­i­dences.

The Char­i­ta­ble Foun­da­tion of the South­land Re­gional As­so­ci­a­tion of Real­tors, serv­ing the San Fer­nando and Santa Clarita val­leys, has al­ready do­nated $10,000 to hur­ri­cane re­lief ef­forts, with the ini­tial fo­cus on Texas in the wake of Hur­ri­cane Har­vey.

“We ex­panded that ef­fort after Hur­ri­cane Irma cut a swath of de­struc­tion through the Caribbean and Florida,” said Nancy Star­czyk, pres­i­dent of the As­so­ci­a­tion.

“We an­tic­i­pate giv­ing an­other do­na­tion to the Real­tor Re­lief Foun­da­tion, which is backed by the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Real­tors and has a broad reach and wide impact.”

The Real­tors Re­lief Foun­da­tion has re­ceived more than $550,000 in dona­tions from Real­tors, has $600,000 in ad­di­tional com­mit­ments from lo­cal as­so­ci­a­tions, along with an NAR con­tri­bu­tion of $600,000 that was ap­proved by NAR’s lead­er­ship team to help fam­i­lies dis­placed by hur­ri­canes Har­vey and Irma.

As a re­sult, the Real­tors Re­lief Foun­da­tion was able to im­me­di­ately pro­vide $1.75 mil­lion in mort­gage and rental as­sis­tance to fam­i­lies whose homes were de­stroyed.

“This means thou­sands of peo­ple will have a roof over their head as they be­gin the long road to re­cov­ery,” the Foun­da­tion stated.

From Sept. 11 through the Sept. 14, Raschel Bar­low, Alyson Silverman, and Stephanie No­vak made the jour­ney from Los An­ge­les to Sealy, Texas.

They were among a con­tin­gent of 4,000 real es­tate pro­fes­sion­als as­so­ci­ated with Keller Wil­liams In­ter­na­tional who con­trib­uted 60,000 hours to stricken own­ers. Hun­dreds of homes were cleaned out in Sealy and Katy, Texas, alone, she said. The group dis­trib­uted 10,000 pounds of food and as­sem­bled 5,000 clean-up kits.

4,000 real es­tate pro­fes­sion­als as­so­ci­ated with Keller Wil­liams In­ter­na­tional con­trib­uted 60,000 hours to stricken own­ers.

“The en­tire ex­pe­ri­ence was hum­bling, sober­ing, and hard work,” Bar­low said. “The en­ergy of 4,000 agents com­ing to­gether with one sin­gu­lar pur­pose of help­ing com­mu­ni­ties in need was pro­found and price­less.”

She said two fun­da­men­tals make up the core of her com­pany’s ap­proach — ser­vice and giv­ing back. “This is what fu­els us to do the very best for our clients,” Bar­low said, “and the com­mu­ni­ties where we live and work.”

Marty Ko­vacs

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