Realty Austin Builds Hope with 3rd Annual Habitat for Humanity Home with New Family

AUSTIN, TX–Realty Austin and Austin Habitat for Humanity dedicated a new home for the Saied Beriji family on Saturday, January 31, 2015. As part of the company’s mission of giving back, Realty Austin and its team of agents, clients and industry partners donated over $78,000 to sponsor and build the home. More than 180 Realty Austin agents and staff volunteered to help the cause, either by building, raising funds, or donating a portion of their commissions. Two Realty Austin agents, Aaron Nann and Cristina Valdes, went above and beyond by leading the team’s efforts. Nann donated over $2,750 from his real estate transactions and volunteered to build on two separate days, earning him the company’s Humanitarian Award. Valdes raised over $975 in donations from friends and family by promoting Habitat’s new personal fundraising pages.

Yvette Boatwright, co-owner of Realty Austin said, “Our agents are the true heroes who gave of their time and contributions and made this dream a reality for the Beriji family. Saied and his family are happy beyond words to have a place to call home. Thank you to all of our agents and industry partners who remain dedicated to our mission of giving back.” Industry partners and friends who joined Realty Austin and helped make the house come to life in support of affordable housing are David Tandy, Gracy Title; Ryan Leahy, Leahy Lending; Max and Dana Leaman, Prime Lending; Independence Title; Josh Jordan, Colonial Savings; Martin Ochs, OnQ Financial; Justin Boyd, SWBC; Harper Ray, Sente Mortgage; Sarah Tallman, First American Title; Mortgage Pros; Lynn Morenz, United Lending; Heritage Title; Wells Fargo; Monica Middleton, Capital Title; and Leigh Ann McCoy, Mission Mortgage. Kelly Weiss, President and CEO of Austin Habitat for Humanity said, “I applaud Jonathan and Yvette for creating a company culture of giving back at Realty Austin. They demonstrate the best qualities of community leadership. This year’s recipient, the Beriji family, is a hard working family from Iran looking to provide a better future for their four children. We are so grateful to Realty Austin for giving the Beriji’s this opportunity.” This is the 3rd house that Realty Austin has built for Austin Habitat for Humanity. Click here to see photos of home builds for 2014, 2013, and 2012. Realty Austin’s build project is located at 13301 Barteny Cove, Austin, Texas 78724. Realty Austin began construction on the home on September 17, 2014 and concluded on November 12, 2014. To support Austin Habitat, please consider donating.

About Austin Habitat for Humanity

Austin Habitat for Humanity is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International with a mission to build homes, communities, and hope. Serving the low-income population, we’re more than just homebuilders. We provide people the tools to empower themselves for a better future through affordable homeownership, critical home repair, and housing counseling services. Since 1985, Austin Habitat has built more than 390 homes, repaired more than 267 existing ones, and provided housing counseling to more than 8,000 individuals. For additional information, please visit www.austinhabitat.org, or follow us at www.facebook.com/austinhabitat, or on Twitter @austinhabitat.

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