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Realty Austin Pledges to Build 8th Home for Austin Habitat


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Austin’s Best Place to Work Kicks Off 8th Annual Realty Austin Home Build

AUSTIN, TX — Realty Austin, the #1 Best Place to Work in Austin, raised the walls on its 8th Annual Austin Habitat for Humanity home build. In a partnership with its agents, the company pledged to volunteer 2,400 hours and donate over $100,000 to sponsor a home for the Tovar Family.

Realty Austin and Austin Habitat For Humanity began the build with a wall-raising ceremony on the morning of Wednesday, September 18. The company’s Humanitarian Award recipients: Jeffrey Schnabel and Cara Keenan led the volunteer team on its first day. To participate in the build and support the Tovar family, please donate here.

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Realty Austin agents volunteer their time to build 8th annual Habitat for Humanity home. Pictured from left to right: Cara Keenan, Charla Housson, Paco Bertsch and Salma Manzur.

Yvette Boatwright, co-owner of Realty Austin said, “Paula Tovar’s devotion to her family shines through to everyone who meets her. Since moving here from Mexico nearly 20 years ago, Paula has two children while supporting her aging parents. She has worked extremely hard – currently holding two jobs. Until now, Paula has been unable to set down permanent roots because the cost of living in Austin is so high.”

Paula is grateful to the Realty Austin team for supporting the building of her home, which she calls an “incredible opportunity.” She is excited to be onsite with the Realty Austin team this fall so she can reciprocate their positive energy and enthusiasm while working together!

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Paula Tovar dreams of having a space of her own and more room for her kids to grow and thrive. Pictured above from left the Realty Austin team: Jeffrey Schnabel, Jolene Weinstein, Courtney Lepore, Jonathan and Yvette Boatwright; homeowner Paula Tovar; and Austin Habitat team: Phyllis Snodgrass, Mary Campagna, and Silvio Cruz.

Over the next three months, 250+ volunteers from Realty Austin and its industry partners will work alongside the future homeowners to build the new home. Industry Partners who are joining Realty Austin on its mission include the Max Leaman Team, Max and Dana Leaman; Texas National Title; Harper Ray Team, Cornerstone Home Lending; Patten Title; Movement Mortgage, Tony Ruff; Independence Title; Barton Creek Lending, Lynn Morenz; Fairway Mortgage, Alex Ihler and Jordan Jones.

Since 2012, Realty Austin has partnered with Austin Habitat for Humanity to build homes for deserving families and committed more than $700,000 of their commissions to change lives. Follow our Story.

Phyllis Snodgrass, CEO of Austin Habitat for Humanity said, “Realty Austin is committed to uplifting Austin and the people who live here. They are one of our most dedicated partners and their culture of community and giving back inspires us. We thank Jonathan, Yvette and their team for supporting our mission of building strong, stable and affordable communities alongside us!”

The new home, located at 7013 Zachary, Austin, TX 78724, will be completed in November and dedicated with a celebration on December 6, 2019. To participate in the 8th Annual Realty Austin Habitat for Humanity home build, donate here.

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Realty Austin agents volunteer their time to build 8th annual Habitat for Humanity home. Pictured from left to right: Lindsey Hicks, Kristi Jarvis, Chris Peña and Jeffrey Schnabel.

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