The housing crisis is a growing issue, not just for the United States but for the world. Giveback Homes, real estate’s social good movement, today names its 2018 Advocates for Social Good. These prominent individuals within the real estate community have demonstrated their commitment to giving back, pursuing the goal of safe and secure housing for all, and are eager to do more.
“We started Giveback Homes because we saw the opportunity to bring a focus on social good to real estate,” said Blake Andrews, founder of Giveback Homes. “Through the years, we’ve found a tribe of real estate professionals who are going above and beyond in their communities and the world and the Giveback Homes Advocate program will aim to mobilize them even more. They will also help shape the future of Giveback Homes.”
The Advocate program is a select group of Giveback Homes members who each had to apply by describing what the future of Giveback Homes looked like to them. Some of their answers included educational seminars about home ownership, meeting with Congress, referral programs, and partnering with more non-profits. The Advocates are dedicated to amplifying Giveback Homes initiatives, promoting new membership opportunities, and leading volunteer events in their community. The Advocates will meet once a quarter to strategize on social good projects and mobilize other industry professionals through their engagement.
The idea for the program sprouted from the experience Giveback Homes had working with Million Dollar Listing: Los Angeles star, Madison Hildebrand who became the company’s Ambassador in 2015. Hildebrand traveled to Nicaragua on a build trip and spent a week building homes for the less fortunate and has also participated in local build days and fundraising events.
“It’s people like Madison who lead with their giving heart that inspired us to build our team of Advocates,” added Caroline Pinal, co-founder of Giveback Homes.
“Working with Real estate professionals, I’ve seen that they are some of the most giving people I’ve ever met. They are actively engaged in their communities and ready to do more. Everyone of these Advocates has gone above and beyond for Giveback Homes and we can’t wait to see what they accomplish next.”
Jessica Northrop– Realtor, Denver, CO – LIV Sotheby’s
Seth O’Byrne – Realtor, San Diego, CA – Pacific Sotheby's
Joe Curtis– COO, Pango Group (Glen Oaks Escrow, CV Escrow, Escrow Trust Advisors, American Trust Escrow)
Raj Qsar – Realtor and Principal Owner, Orange County, CA – The Boutique Real Estate Group
Gloria Castellanos– Realtor, Los Angeles, CA – The Agency
Patrick Ryan– Managing Broker, Chicago, IL – Related Realty Chicago
Phil Greely– Realtor, Seattle, WA – Realogics Sotheby's
Susana Murphy – CEO, Broker Owner, Plymouth, MA – Alante Real Estate
Josh Dickinson– President and Broker, Kensington, CA – Zip Code East Bay
Keke Jones- Realtor, San Diego, CA – Pacific Sotheby's
Kye Sampson– Realtor, Houston, TX – Intero Real Estate Houston
Adam Clemens– Realtor, Glastonbury, CT – Century 21 Clemens & Sons Realty
Brittany Wrenn– Broker, Chicago, IL - Redfin
Mark Fuller– Managing Broker, Houston, TX – SWRE Texas
Gary May– Private Mortgage Banker, Manhattan Beach, CA – Wells Fargo Private Mortgage Bank
Debbi DiMaggio– Realtor, Piedmont, CA - Highland Partners Boutique Real Estate
David Brizendine– Realtor, Santa Monica, CA - Compass
Beth Ann Falcon– Realtor, San Antonio, TX – Keller Williams Legacy
Sarah Chatel – Realtor, Atlanta, GA – Distinctive Atlanta Homes
Maria Rocha– Realtor, Sarasota, FL – Keller Williams on the Water Sarasota
Jonathan GreeneReal Estate Investor and Consultant, Montclair, NJ – Trust Greene Investor Services
David Palma– Realtor and CEO, Ukiah, CA – Palma Properties
Emily Yeatman– Realtor, Frisco, TX – Ebby Halliday Realtors
Roh Habibi— Real Estate Broker, San Francisco, CA – The Habibi Group
Giveback Homes mobilizes the real estate industry to provide safe homes and clean water to families in need. Giveback Homes has provided safe and secure homes for over 200 families in Nicaragua, 50 affordable housing projects in the U.S., and water filters to give over 5,000 people access to clean drinking water. The company has mobilized funds for times of crisis in the wake of hurricanes, wildfires, and other natural disasters. Through volunteer experiences, fundraising events, and impact reporting, Giveback Homes empowers the real estate community to take an active role in making the world a better place.
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