Everyone has a story and life event that shapes who we are. Homes.com recently asked real estate professionals to share stories that captured your successful moments that have shaped your career. And, at this year’s National Association of Realtors Expo in Orlando, we shared our story, “Discover the Dream,” with you to empower you with the tools to help homebuyers discover their dream of home ownership. As real estate professionals, you play a key role in helping others establish that new beginning.
Like you, Homes.com helps people find a home…even when Mother Nature takes it away. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, our purpose never rang so true. Homes.com and ForRent.com teamed up with actor and comedian Steve Harvey to help a Staten Island family, the Correas, whose home was wiped out by Hurricane Sandy. We committed to cover the cost of rent for the family’s new rental home over the next 12 months, surprising them with the donation during The Steve Harvey Show episode, which aired on December 6.
No stranger to challenges, Pedro Correa, an Iraq War veteran and 9/11 first responder, and his wife Jessica returned to their home after the storm to find next to nothing. Dozens of family photos, their wedding video and baby books were destroyed.
“We help people find homes,” said Terry Slattery, president of Homes.com and ForRent.com. “There are a lot of special families that deserve our help. Pedro has a history of service to our country, and it was nice to be able to give back to his family,” said Terry. “America has not forgotten about the people who are still struggling, and we encourage people to continue to donate.”
We are grateful to be able to help the Correa family establish a new beginning. Do you have a compelling story to share about giving back or paying it forward to someone in need? Homes.com and ForRent.com encourages you to give back to the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. Watch the video below to learn more about this story and how you can help Hurricane Sandy victims. Please consider a donation to the American Red Cross at www.redcross.org/charitable-donations.