Pacific Sotheby’s Realty’s Agents of Change Initiative: Selling Homes to Give Homes

First Home in Tijuana, Mexico Completed as Part of Pacific Sotheby’s Realty’s Agents of Change Initiative

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Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty announces the completion of construction on the first home in Tijuana, Mexico as part of the company’s Agents of Change initiative. The initiative which was announced earlier this year is a partnership between Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty, World Housing and New Story Charity, a 501c3 non-profit organization, to fund the building of homes in Salvatierra community in West Tijuana, Mexico.

Through the Agents of Change initiative, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s agents committed to donating a portion of the commission from each closing with the goal of raising the funds needed to provide housing for 30 families living in one of the poorest communities in Tijuana.

The first home has just been completed and the dream of homeownership is now a reality for the Real family, Marybel (47), Armando (46), Karen (18) and Adrian (11). Marybel is a polio survivor, and she and her husband were also in a serious car accident four years ago that set the family back with additional heath complications and medical debt. The family applied to receive a home to help them improve their wellbeing and provide for a better life for their family.

Both World Housing and New Story Charity operate with completely separate overhead so there are no administrative costs, allowing 100% of the money raised to go directly to construction and materials costs. They are dedicated to working with local partners to train workers and buy locally sourced construction materials, to help stimulate local economies and teach skills in the process.

In order to qualify for a home, families apply and are selected by a vetting committee. Families chosen are required to volunteer for at least 6 months prior to receiving a home, assisting the local partner with their housing projects, youth development and community programs. The family is not required to pay rent for the home. This “pay it forward” method provides for community engagement far beyond the benefits of homeownership.

To date Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty agents have raised over $55,000 in donations and are scheduled to build a new home every other weekend throughout the year. The homes, which are each approximately 320 sq. ft, cost under $6,000 each to build. They are made of wood with a concrete foundation. Each home features a bathroom (septic), three windows, two doors and a loft space.

Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty believes that homeownership is the foundation that gives people the chance for a better life and that each of us has a responsibility to do what we can and give what we are able, to ensure that everyone, no matter where they are from, has access to the very basic need of shelter and security.

To learn more about Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s Agents of Change program and see how you can get involved visit http://worldhousing.org/agentsofchange/

Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty and World Housing partner to build homes in Tijuana, Mexico

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Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty has partnered with World Housing and New Story Charities, a 501c3 non-profit organization, to fund the building of 28 homes in one of the poorest communities in Tijuana, Mexico. Through Pacific Sotheby’s Realty’s ‘Agents of Change’ initiative, the company’s real estate agents will donate a portion of the commission from each closing with the goal of raising $300,000 in the next twelve months.

Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty chose to align with the World Housing organization and New Story Charities because of their commitment to providing homes to families living in slums in the developing world, fostering communities where families can thrive with safety, security, and access to the resources that change lives.

“The real estate industry is built on the belief that homeownership is the foundation that gives people the chance for a better life – it’s always been part of the American Dream,” according to Steve Games, Chairman, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty. “We are very fortunate to have the opportunities that we do in our society and it is our responsibility to ensure that everyone, no matter where they are from, has access to the very basic need of shelter and security.”

Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s ‘Agents of Change’ was officially announced at the company’s annual meeting and was met with an overwhelming response from the agents who proudly opened their hearts agreeing to donate a portion of their commission on each home sale, matched by the company, directly to the campaign. “We asked our agents for a commitment of $10 per closing, hands went up and then we heard, “I’ll donate $25,” “I’m in for $50,” “Put me down for $100,” and it went on and on,” says Games. “By the end of the meeting our agents committed to raising enough money to completely fund the entire project.”

The World Housing business model operates with completely separate overhead so there are no administrative costs, allowing 100% of the money raised to go directly to construction and materials costs. The organization is dedicated to working with local partners to train workers and buy locally sourced construction materials, to help stimulate local economies and teach skills in the process. “We see a greater impact for our donation where it really matters,” says Brian Arrington, CEO, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty. “Each home costs under $6,000 and is given to families previously living on the streets. Once someone has a home, their life and the lives of those around them change exponentially… a roof provides stability and security. It’s a place to store things without fear of them being stolen and a place to sleep without fear of being mugged, raped, or killed. These homes are the first step in building the sense of self-worth and pride, and we are honored to be a part of this outreach.”

To learn more about Pacific Sotheby’s Realty’s Agents of Change’ program and see how you can get involved visit http://worldhousing.org/agentsofchange/ or http://www.pacificsothebysrealty.com

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