As a REALTOR®, you quickly become aware of which people can and cannot afford to purchase a home. We are well versed in the benefits of home ownership and equity building, and we can easily communicate the benefits to prospective clients.
Yet for many reason, the goal of homeownership is exclusive to many. This can be due to many reasons, such as the high cost of housing in the Triangle, poor credit, lack of funds, and lower scale jobs for first responders and teachers.
At the recent Habitat for Humanity of Wake County’s Blueprint Breakfast, the leaders of the local Habitat addressed some of their concerns that affect the community, informed us of their past successes, and outlined their intentions for the future.
Habitat for Humanity of Wake County has served 205 families in the area, vetting the applicants, and their abilities to sustain a home and co-opting them to contribute to the building process. In 2017, the Wake County Chapter, with funding help from the community and manpower from citizen volunteers, will construct 60 new homes in Wake County, as well as fund 100 homes abroad.
As REALTOR®s and members of our community at large, we need to be cognizant, not only of what happens in our backyard, but in our community across all income levels. At the legislative level, it is important that we continue to be vocal and supportive and support the Work Force Housing Program. Affordable housing is a goal we should all be aware of and support in a meaningful way. Through our vocation, we are closer to this mission; we share the joy of that first homebuyer and we know too well the disappointment of the denied buyer.
It is part of our mission to “make a difference in people’s lives,” and we can all accomplish this with our words, deeds, and support of affordable housing.
About Ward Rickie.
Ward Ricke is a full-time sales associate of the Fonville Morisey Realty Falls office.
Ward is a member of the Raleigh Regional Association of REALTORS®, the North Carolina Association of REALTORS®, and the National Association of REALTORS®.
Fonville Morisey Realty has 11 sales offices, with over 850 associates and employees throughout the Greater Triangle region. FM offers mortgage, insurance, property management, title services, real estate education courses and relocation services through its divisions and partners. For more information about Fonville Morisey Realty, visit www.fmrealty.com.