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Realtors to assist homeowners with needed repairs

Mark your calendars for the sixth annual Realtors Care Day on April 11. The all-day home-repair event will benefit 17 deserving homeowners in the Mecklenburg and Iredell counties.

Sponsored by the Housing Opportunity Foundation, the charitable arm of the Charlotte Regional Realtor Association, the event is geared to help area elderly or disabled homeowners in need of exterior home repairs or adaptive safety modifications. Armed with hammers, paintbrushes and good will, volunteer teams will fan out to repair roofs and gutters, replace windows, paint siding and build wheelchair ramps.

“Realtors and the foundation are committed to do our part to help sustain a strong and thriving community by lifting up our neighbors in need,” said Todd Long, the chair of the 2014 Realtors Care Day committee.

Among this year’s recipients of some home repair are two needy families in Mecklenburg and Iredell counties. Realtor and Habitat Charlotte volunteers will rehab a house that was damaged by fire at 1109 Opal St. in Charlotte. In Mooresville, Realtors will work in partnership with Central United Methodist’s “One Block” project to fix up a house at 412 Patterson Ave.

Over the past five years, about 3,000 real estate professionals have participated in the Realtors Care Day event, providing assistance to 130 families and a community financial impact of more than $800,000, according to the CRRA. Nearly 100 local businesses are pitching in with financial sponsorships and in-kind donations this year. Lowe’s Home Improvement is helping by organizing and managing the delivery of construction materials to all 17 sites.

Eight local nonprofits have helped the Housing Opportunity Foundation identify the needy homeowners who will benefit from the volunteer effort.

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