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Local REALTORS® & Habitat for Humanity Give a Gift to Louisa and The Community

 

But there was a concern. Not about his place of employment, certainly, but about his family's living quarters. So Ivan and his wife decided to enter the process of home ownership  through Habitat for Humanity. Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity's  stated   mission is to" change the lives of families living in inadequate housing."  When they heard about Habitat's ability to "change lives" the family felt confident in their decision. Friends told them that the Asheville office of Habitat was founded in 1983 as an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. They knew that the  Asheville Area Habitat builds houses within Buncombe County  where Ivan is employed, exciting news for the family. What they didn't know was that right there in Buncombe County a group of REALTORS® was talking about their next project for Habitat!

Since 1917 the Asheville Board of Realtors® has worked to provide housing opportunities for residents by collaborating with local agencies that assist in this effort, including Habitat for Humanity.
Through the dedication and energy of a group of real state professionals
led by our own Active Rain Member
 and ECO-All-Star, Corey Atherton
the Polishchuk Family's dream was about to come true on an Asheville street with a Heart.

 

THREE CHEERS FOR COREY!

On Tuesday, March 6, 2007  a ceremonial groundbreaking was held for the Asheville Board of Realtors® and the Rotary Club of Asheville who joined the ABR in-this project. Their joint "Raise the Roof" meant that each would contribute financially and with volunteers throughout the build. 

Just a month later, here's what
the 2 bedroom 2 bath Arts and Crafts-style home looks like
with roofing and siding complete and drywall underway!

 

You can follow our progress by clicking on this link where you will find photos of the build and see Asheville REALTORS Habitat for Humanity Projecthow we are doing.

 

 

  What's next?                                            

Painting and staining. Just for ABR.
  NOTE: The Asheville Board will be providing lunch on all working days Apr 18, 2007
(Thank Goodness! or we might be very hungry! )

The idea that local REALTORS® are ready and willing to offer the gift of their time and energy and expertise to a Family and to the Community is very appealing to me. And I say this not only because I am a REALTOR®  in our community and am proud to be involved in this sharing, but because it speaks to the nature of our-profession which at its heart is a service business.  

Spring Comes and with it Hope...hope for positive futures for all of us, and hope for blessings in what "rises from the mud."

NOTE: This article was written especially for Localism.com. where we celebrate communities and the REALTORS® who are an important part of them. If you are a REALTOR® or real estate related professional who is involved in Habitat for Humanity Projects or other projects that enhance the quality of life in your community, please let us know about it! I'd love to write an article about YOU.

 

 

 

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Everyone~ 

If you are a Real Estate professional (or in real estate -related services)  involved in Habitat for Humanity Projects or other projects that enhance the quality of life in your community, please let us know about it!

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 11 years ago

Congratulations to Corey! Your heart is in the right place, I can't imagine anything more rewarding than doing what you are doing now. Thanks janeAnne for showing Corey off. If I had children I would hope they would grow up to be as responsible and sensitive as this young man. Please keep us up to date on this family and other Habitat projects.

Posted by Dena Stevens, Putting The Real Into Realtor Since 2004 (Rocky Mountain Realty ) over 11 years ago

Dena~

I am so lucky to be able to work with Corey!  An eco-wise real estate professional with a generous spirit, he's an example and inspiration for all of us. Happy to keep you up -to-date on the progress of the Habitat Project. (s)

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 11 years ago
Kudos.  Corey you seem to have fully understood the concept of "Pay it Forward."  You are doing more than marketing communities, you are actively helping build them!  Being part of a community in this way is perhaps the best way to leave a lasting impression on someone...one for the positive that may bring you future referals from their friends and family.  You may not have realized it when you were volunteering your time, but in so doing, you were marketing yourself in the best light possible.   Bravo.
Posted by Rich Schiffer, Referral Agent, e-PRO over 11 years ago

Rich~

I hesitated before posting this to AR...wondering if it would be "correct" to place it on the marketing group. When you commented..."You may not have realized it when you were volunteering your time, but in so doing, you were marketing yourself in the best light possible.   Bravo..." I decided to present it to our members as an example of how generosity works for everyone's benefit.   THX!

BTW..Corey is the lead  guy on this Habitat for Humanity Project!  Shine On Corey! Just one reason why you're a Star.

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 11 years ago
Thank you so much for the kind words.  This has been such a great experience and I'm so glad to be a part of this project.  We've had an awesome group of local Realtor volunteers building this home ahead of schedule.  All of our aches and pains afterwards seem more than worth it and the Polishchuk family is wonderful.  I would encourage everyone to support your local Habitat for Humanity. 
Posted by Corey Atherton (Suncadia Real Estate Sales Company) over 11 years ago

Corey~

You said." All of our aches and pains afterwards seem more than worth it ..." Just those few words make me understand the kind of spirit that you and your team bring to the community. KUDOS and smiles. Thanks for knowing you.

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 11 years ago
Corey -- Kudos -- bravo -- you are a shinning star!  I know that you have made a huge difference in this world by helping this family.  I admire you and hope I have a similar opportunity in my state.
Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 11 years ago

Corey, Applause, bow and courtsey to You and all of the volunteers. The change you are making in this family's life and other families is wonderful!

Thanks so much!

Leslie

Posted by Leslie Godbold, Motivation Speaker, Radio host "Positively Living" (WZGM AM1350 Independent Asheville Radio) over 11 years ago

Joan~ 

We REALTORS have a chance to make a difference every day...by our excellent contributions to the community (Corey's is a fine example) and by just doing what YOU do...show concern and listen well.

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 11 years ago
Congrats to the Polishchuk family and ABR on the success of this project. I'm sure the impact of this for all involved will go well beyond just the physical building.
Posted by John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace) over 11 years ago

Leslie~

It's wonderful to be in a position where we really can make a difference and see it come to reality right before our eyes!

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 11 years ago

Eloise~

Happy you got the Springtime Cheer! I like to think of this time of year as pure possibility!Corey's work represents that in a very visible way.

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 11 years ago

John~

You are so right! And it isn't it good to know that real estate professionals are out-here bringing hope and inspiration to people along with a wealth of expertise?

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 11 years ago

Corey, There is ni greeater gift than the gift of ourselves. Bravo for your efforts!

Habitat is an awesome charity and very big here in NC. for Realtor particiapation

Ginger

Posted by Ginger Sala, Wilmington NC Real Estate & Relocation~ (Wilkinson & Associates, Wilmington NC) over 11 years ago

Ginger, Corey and ALL~  I decided to check out other Habitat Projects in which REALTORS are involved...(if you find some I don't mention, please add them!) Here are a few:

Michigan  --The Michigan Department of Corrections (DOC) and Michigan State Industries (MSI), in an innovative program, are partnering with the state and local Realtor Associations to provide refurbished computers to Habitat-for-Humanity-built homes in Michigan.

Florida ----Habitat for Humanity Orlando will team up with the National Association of Realtors®, the Florida Association of Realtors®, the Orlando Regional Realtors® Association and Habitat for Humanity International on Friday, March 19, to raise the walls of house at 4048 W. Jefferson St.

California- REALTORS® and Habitat for Humanity Building the American Dream

Habitat logoREALTORS® are committed to addressing the need for affordable housing in communities across U.S. and around the world. This year, we continued the tradition of helping one family in the Conference city area realize the American Dream through our partnership with Habitat for Humanity. $10 of your registration fee went towards the sponsorship of a home in Oakland, California and internationally, in Chile.

How does your State weigh in?

 

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 11 years ago
As a part of my community service, I have volunteered at Mountin" Hopes Therapeutic Riding.
Posted by Arlene Brown (Eco Steward Realty) over 11 years ago

Arlene~

A REALTOR who loves horses and understands how healing just being around them can be...that's my kind of person! There are a number of horse farms in our area. I wonder if they contribute to your project.

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 11 years ago
The Asheville Board of Realtors provides a $100 Ingles Grocery Certificate to each new family when they move in to their new Habitat Home.  This is intended to stock their fridge and let them purchase needed cleaning supplies.  Our Board's hope is to at least co-sponsor a Habitat home each year both financially and with volunteers.  We're wrapping up our first home this month.  As I mentioned, the volunteer support by our local Realtors has been awesome!!!  And one of our allied members (insurance co.) has provided lunches for each Realtor work day.  In Asheville's new Habitat for Humanity neighborhood even Warren Haynes of Allman Brothers fame has been a huge contributor.  The main street through the Habitat subdivision is Warren Haynes Blvd. 
Posted by Corey Atherton (Suncadia Real Estate Sales Company) over 11 years ago
Corey~ Thanks for the additional information and again..you are much appreciated.
Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 11 years ago

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