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Realtors get hands-on for home repair day

A record of more than 700 volunteer Realtors helped repair 25 homes and three nonprofit organization buildings in Mecklenburg and Iredell counties Friday as part of Realtors Care Day.

The event is an initiative of the Housing Opportunity Foundation, a branch of the Charlotte Regional Realtor Association.

“For the last seven years we Realtors have been doing this, and it’s a phenomenal experience for us, and that’s why our numbers of volunteers grow every year,” said Maren Brisson-Kuester, CRRA president.

At 2135 Parson St. in northeast Charlotte, about 30 Realtors completed repairs to a house that owner Evange Bradley and his son, Evange Bradley Jr., have lived in since 1994.

“I’ve been up ever since about 3 o’clock this morning looking out the door because I was so excited about it,” Bradley said.  The Realtors at Bradley’s home repaired the roof over the house’s screened-in porch and replaced the dilapidated staircase on the back of the house. The volunteers arrived at Bradley’s house at 6:30 a.m., and worked all day.

Compass Real Estate Group agent Steve Degraw manned the table saw Friday, cutting wood that was used to repair Bradley’s house, as Keller Williams Realty broker PJ Kennedy and Compass Real Estate Group Founder Brock Zevan led the group of Realtors who removed the old brick staircase on the back of the house.

Last year, about 600 realtors volunteered and repaired 17 homes. This year is the Housing Opportunity Foundation’s 30th anniversary, which is why repair projects other than homes were included. Those were the Free Store in northeast Charlotte, the Serenity Comfort House of Huntersville and the Thompson Child Development Center in southwest Charlotte.

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