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Realtors Build With HFH During National Convention in New Orleans

Realtors Build With Habitat for Humanity During National Convention in New Orleans

AMERICUS, Ga., Nov. 6, 2002–The keys to a Habitat for Humanity house built by Realtors® will be presented today to the Lewis family, the new Habitat for Humanity homeowner, during the National Association of Realtors® Conference & Expo in New Orleans. Realtors began building the Habitat for Humanity house in the Irish Channel/Lower Garden District area of New Orleans on Oct. 2, 2002.

The New Orleans Metropolitan Association of Realtors® and the Louisiana Realtors® Association is hosting the New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity affiliate’s build, inviting groups and volunteers from its membership to work for eight hours on Saturdays through November to complete the house. During the convention, realtors from across the United States will put in landscaping for the Habitat house.

“Having a convention of this size is always good for the city,” said Erin Rotolo, president of NOMAR. “But our partnership with NAR and Habitat for Humanity International goes a step further by demonstrating a true investment in homeownership efforts in New Orleans.”

Rosalee Lewis and her three children, Adrian, 18, Franklin, 13, and newborn Terell, will move from their small two-room shotgun duplex into the new Habitat for Humanity house sponsored by NAR, LRA and NOMAR, paying less in mortgage payments than they pay in rent.

“It was a goal we were all willing to work for–going to work sites, working along with the other families, knowing we were working toward the same goal made me feel good,” said Rosalee Lewis of her experience in earning “sweat equity” while building Habitat houses. “I met a lot of people who were willing to give of their time to make this happen for me and the other families. I feel blessed and thank God for these people and Habitat for Humanity for making this happen for me and my family.”

According to a 1999 U.S. Census Bureau study, 27.9 percent of people living in Orleans Parish, La., were below poverty level.

“Habitat for Humanity International’s aim is to provide adequate housing where people like Rosalee Lewis can raise their families,” said Millard Fuller, founder and president of Habitat for Humanity International. “We are grateful for the support and generosity of the National Association of Realtors and The New Orleans Metropolitan Association of Realtors to make sure families have simple, decent places to live. Their commitment is helping to eradicate poverty housing in their community.”

The National Association of Realtors also will co-sponsor a Habitat for Humanity house in Sisoguichi, Chihuahua, Mexico, in January 2003.

Information about NAR is available at http://realtor.org. News releases are posted in the Web site’s “News Media” section.

The National Association of Realtors®, “The Voice for Real Estate,” is America’s largest trade association, representing more than 800,000 members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries. The Louisiana Realtors Association represents more than 9,600 Realtors . The New Orleans Metropolitan Association of Realtors®, represents more than 3,200 members in the metro area.

Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Founded by Millard Fuller, along with his wife, Linda, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliates in more than 3,000 communities in 83 nations have built and sold more than 125,000 homes to partner families with no-profit, zero-interest mortgages.