On Oct. 18 and 19, volunteer members of the Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors lent a helping hand to an “in need” south Scottsdale homeowner.
For the past six years, SAAR has partnered with the city of Scottsdale’s Operation Fix-It to provide this much-needed assistance program and has recruited volunteers from throughout the Realtor community to help, according to a press release.
Every year there are hundreds of elderly, disabled or low/fixed income residents who through unforeseen circumstances, such as the passing of a spouse, find themselves unable to make critical repairs to their homes.
Oftentimes, this leads to citations being issued for violations of city code related to home and landscape maintenance. Rather than continuing to cite homeowners for non-compliance; city code inspectors work closely with SAAR, through the Operation Fix-It Program, to identify residents who need extra help for a home or yard makeover.
Without the help of these real estate agents and related industry partners who volunteer, many homeowners would be at risk of continued fines, unsafe and unsanitary conditions and potentially devastating declines in property values, the release stated.
The effect of homes continuing in a state of disrepair can cause property values to fall throughout an entire neighborhood.
Since 2008, SAAR volunteers have been assisting homeowners with these exterior home repairs and landscape projects through their annual paint-a-thons and weed-a-thons. To date, over a dozen homeowners have benefited and realtors have donated well in excess of 3,000 hours of time to help neighbors in need, the release stated.
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