During NC REALTORS® Legislative Meetings later this month, support Homes4NC and enter to win our vacation raffle.
Our "Oh, the Places You'll Go" raffle contest could send you on the vacation getaway of your dreams!
Visit the Homes4NC table in the Sheraton mezzanine to donate just $10 per entry, and you may win one of 3 prizes:
- a picnic gift basket for spring and summer fun,
- a beach gift basket with essentials for your coastal recreation plans, or
- our grand prize of a seven night stay at any Westin Resort in the world!
Homes4NC President Sofia Crisp will announce winners at the NC REALTORS® Board of Directors meeting on Tuesday afternoon at 3:30 pm.
Here are some details about the Grand Prize Resort Vacation Certificates:
The winner has until February 8, 2018, to book your vacation.
You can choose to stay anywhere there is a Westin Resort. Some of the most popular locations are Orlando, FL; Branson, MO; Myrtle Beach, SC; Puerta Vallarta, Mexico; and the Canadian Rockies, Canada. Please refer to black-out dates when making your reservation. You can find all the locations available here.
Most Westin Resort rooms sleep up to eight people. You can book additional rooms at a discount or upgrade your package. Westin Resorts often offer cook-in facilities.
You must pay for your own transportation to and from the resort.
Raffle tickets cost $10 each. But you can buy in bulk to increase your chances of winning. Get 6 tickets for $50, or 12 tickets for $100.
Remember that if you have already given $100 to RPAC this year, a $100 contribution to Homes4NC will make you a Quality of Life member. Volunteers will provide lapel pins for all members who give $100 to join the Quality of Life initiative.
We look forward to your participation at Legislative Meetings in Raleigh this month.
Today is your day.
You're off to Great Places!
You're off and away!
from "Oh, the Places You'll Go"
by Dr. Seuss
Watch our video to see how our efforts made a difference in the lives of Hurricane Matthew flood victims:
Update March 17, 2017:
Homes4NC volunteers and NC REALTORS® staffers have been on the front line, working in conjunction with NAR’s REALTOR® Relief Fund, in this major undertaking.
Over the last five months, NC REALTORS® has approved $315,826.47 worth of requests for 320 applications. These amounts are final.
NAR has provided funding of $306,696.14 for 315 applications. These amounts are final.
NC REALTORS® has completed all Hurricane Matthew funding efforts.
On October 1, 2016, Hurricane Matthew gained strength over the eastern Caribbean as a Category 5 storm.
On October 4, Matthew made landfall as a Category 4 storm in Haiti and Cuba.
On October 8, Hurricane Matthew made landfall in the United States as a Category 1 storm with 75 mph winds at McClennanville, SC, and we all held our breath.
We extended our thoughts and prayers to the residents of our beautiful beaches.
Initial reports of the storm's progress gave North Carolinians hope that our coastal areas, while battered, had largely escaped massive damage.
But our hearts soon melted as Matthew lingered significantly inland over eastern North Carolina.
The Category 1 Hurricane unleashed heavy rainfall over areas upwards of 40 miles from the coast. The North Carolina Department of Insurance estimates that the storm dumped 17 inches of rain over ground already saturated by the previous Hurricane Hermine.
Inland rivers rose to levels never recorded, washing away homes and lives with unexpected force and devastation. The death toll in the United States is estimated at 43 and rising with 28 of those deaths reported in North Carolina.
State officials have released estimates of $1.5 billion in damage to over 100,000 homes, business and government buildings. The impact to agriculture, the key industry of eastern North Carolina, has yet to be tallied.
Dealing with the Aftermath
FEMA and other relief organizations arrived immediately to aid individuals. Now, four weeks after the storm, many relief organizations are leaving. North Carolina authorities are still grappling with the effects of Hurricane Matthew.
Governor Pat McCrory has called for a special session of our state legislature to discuss and understand the destruction left in the storm's wake.
Many residents have lost everything -- clothes, diapers, food, medicine. But housing remains an urgent and ongoing need.
One of the saddest elements in this tragedy is that Matthew hit the most poverty-stricken areas in the nation. US Census officials have named Robeson County, NC, as "persistently poor," and post-2010 Census analysts named Lumberton, NC, as the poorest city in the United States in 2013.
Many displaced residents had few resources prior to the flooding, and now, many have lost any resources they had.
What we are doing
The situation on the ground is dire. As you can imagine, most affected residents do not have flood insurance. Many elderly residents own their home outright and lack the resources (phone, transportation, internet access) to complete applications for temporary housing assistance. Others rent and have now expended all their FEMA temporary housing funds. They must find shelter and pay rent on their damaged housing.
Our NC REALTOR® volunteers have also talked with victims whose homes were filled up to the second floor with flood waters. These families pay over $1600 per month in mortgage obligations and are paying for a temporary rental property while contractors attempt to assess their damages. Many residents have not been allowed to enter or come near their properties because municipal governments have expressed safety concerns.
Our volunteers are comforting victims who were denied federal temporary housing funds and attempting to live in mobile homes with disintegrating particle board flooring, no functioning wiring, roof and crawlspace damage. Put in the simplest terms, the need is great.
The Relief Fund efforts in NC
In response to the need, the NC REALTORS®' Executive Committee has generously donated $80,000 to the national Relief Fund organized by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR).
NC members have begun matching the $80,000 commitment. As of November 4, more than $5000 has been raised.
NAR has committed $300,000 from the Relief Fund specifically earmarked for North Carolina Hurricane Matthew victims.
So how does that work in practical terms? Up to $1000 can be awarded per applicant for mortgage payments, rent payments or temporary housing assistance for applicants demonstrating need.
NC REALTORS® care
To give you a snapshot of our activity since Matthew hit, we have compiled some statistics current through 5 pm, November 3.
Over 50 volunteers have distributed applications to flooding victims. While their man hours on the ground are countless, we know that they have volunteered for at least 19 days on the ground in Lumberton, Kinston, Greenville, New Bern, and Fayetteville. NC REALTORS® estimates that we have reached at least 3200 residents, conducted 2 clothing drives and sent at least 3 trucks full of supplies to affected areas.
Thanks to the efforts of volunteer coordinators like Fayetteville REALTOR® of the Year Wendy Harris, applications are coming in to our state headquarters.
To date, we have processed 325 applications. Of these, 99 percent require call backs from volunteers who explain the need for follow-up documentation and how, with their limited resources, victims can send their documentation to us.
Volunteers from the Homes4NC Board of Directors have spent at least 40 hours on the phone with current applicants to walk them through the process.
Of the applicants, we estimate that 10 percent are homeowners, 80 percent are renters, and 10 percent own their property outright and seek temporary housing.
To date, we have approved 44 applications for $37,000. We anticipate that volume to increase.
A REALTOR® member shares photos of her attempts to access her street and home after the flooding.
How to access help
Those seeking temporary housing, mortgage payment or rent payment assistance on their primary residence damaged by Hurricane Matthew flooding may print and return this form. Please remember to send proof of mortgage payment, rent payment or temporary housing cost (through invoices, statements, etc.). We must have documentation in order to process your application. New Relief Fund applications are no longer being accepted.
More resources for non-housing needs are listed on this website.
Update: March 13, 2017:
As of March 10, 2017, 11 NC REALTORS® have received a total of $5,235 directly through the Adopt-a-REALTOR® program.
In addition Brunswick County Association of REALTORS® has aided 17 further members locally.
The program will close March 31, 2017.
In January 2017, the NC REALTORS® Housing Opportunity Foundation, Homes4NC, kicked off its Adopt-a-REALTOR® campaign targeted specifically to NC REALTORS® members. The program covers local, state, and national REALTOR® dues for 2017 for members impacted by Hurricane Matthew.
Sponsored by private donors, including NC REALTORS® members, non-profits, and corporations, Homes4NC’s Board of Directors approved a $3000 allocation in December as seed money to fund the program and jumpstart the application approval process.
Each NC REALTOR® member is eligible to receive up to $500 to cover their association dues. Applications will be accepted until March 15, 2017 or until funds are depleted. Membership dues are typically payable to local REALTOR® associations by March 31 of each year.
“Homes4NC is proud to sponsor the Adopt-a-REALTOR® program, which aids members in their hour of need,” said Sofia Crisp, 2017 President of the Homes4NC Board of Directors. “We hope that by covering these expenses now, we will help our members build back their lives and businesses with one less worry.”
NC REALTORS® seeking assistance with their membership dues can visit this website, complete the application, and submit it by March 15. Corporations, REALTORS®, non-profits, and individual donors interested in sponsoring an NC REALTOR® by covering their membership dues, in whole or in part, can visit this website and complete the online form. All donations are tax deductible under the IRS 501c(3) guidelines.
The Adopt-a-REALTOR® program is the latest in a series of grassroots efforts by Homes4NC and REALTORS® to aid members and residents across the state with Hurricane Matthew recovery.
Through the National Association of REALTORS® Relief Foundation, individuals have been able to apply and receive up to $1,500 for mortgage payments, rent payments or temporary housing assistance, based on demonstrated need, since Hurricane Matthew struck in early October. Over the past few months, Homes4NC and NC REALTORS® staff and volunteers have worked with hundreds of applicants in affected areas. Currently, more than $211,909.04 worth of requests for temporary housing grants have been approved for 220 applicants with many more in process. Homes4NC’s Board of Directors also allocated $3000 to the NAR Relief Fund in October. All applications under this program for temporary housing assistance are due by January 31, 2017.
In addition to these funds, staff and volunteers for both organizations have committed hundreds of hours to local relief efforts, including surveying damaged properties, increasing awareness for NAR’s REALTOR® Relief Fund, collecting applications, and delivering supplies to the hardest-hit areas.
March 13, 2017
The North Carolina Housing Coalition has recently released County Profiles that provide a snapshot of housing needs for each of the 100 counties in North Carolina.
They provide data on cost-burdened households paying at least 30% of their income for housing, a comparison of what different jobs pay and changes in home prices, foreclosures, and rental options in our communities.
To see data for your county, please visit this link and click on your county.
Updated March 13, 2017
Paving the Way to Homeownership
Raleigh Regional Association of REALTORS® will host a breakfast, panel discussion and information session in March, free for RRAR members.
Topics will cover local and state resources for homebuyers. Members will learn how to find HUD certified nonprofit partners in the local area to help your buyer with everything from budgeting to credit counseling. For more details, see below or call RRAR at 919-654-5400
Register at www.RRAR.com
Thursday, March 23, 8:30 - 11:30 am
Sponsored by BB&T Home Mortgage
Core Class "Financing Dreams" held throughout state
Many REALTORS® seek this class taught by the NC Housing Finance Agency. The class is a core course for the Workforce Housing Specialist certificate and also awards continuing education credit for NC real estate brokers. The NCHFA has announced the following dates and locations for this course in 2016:
March 23: Goldsboro
March 29: Raleigh
April 17: Charlotte
April 27: Raleigh
Raleigh Fair Housing Conference April 28
The City of Raleigh Fair Housing Hearing Board, in partnership with the Fair Housing Project of Legal Aid of North Carolina are proud to announce the 14th Annual Raleigh Fair Housing Conference!
This year’s keynote speaker is Mr. Ted Shaw, Director of the UNC Center for Civil Rights and former Director-Counsel and President of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
Panel discussions will address disabilities, reentry, criminal history exclusion and its impact on fair housing.
For more information, please visit this link.
2017 NC Housing Works! Conference
Agencies and professionals from across the state will attend the annual affordable housing conference at the Raleigh Convention Center October 25-26, 2017. Learn more about it.
CRRA Housing Foundation 2017 class and event schedule
Need a class or event listed here?
Looking for resources with a local housing counseling agency?
Not all agencies publish their classes, but they still offer valuable resources. If you are looking for a local resources, look at this list of HUD-approved housing couseling agencies in our state. One of these agencies may have a program that fits your needs.