Being Part of a Firm Foundation

Ever wondered what it’s like to build a home for someone in need? Check out our video from this year’s REALTORS® Volunteer Build Day in San Diego.

December 3, 2015

Since 2001, NAR has been teaming up with Habitat for Humanity to make a difference in the lives of the communities where it holds its annual conference, and this year was no exception. Dozens of REALTORS® traveled to El Cajon, a small working-class city in eastern San Diego County, during last month’s 2015 REALTORS® Conference & Expo to pitch in on six homes being built by the Habitat for Humanity organization. Volunteers worked on everything from roofing and siding to constructing mini-playhouses for the children who will soon move into the homes with their parents.



Lori Pfeiler, president and CEO of Habitat for Humanity San Diego, noted that the playhouses not only help kids in Habitat houses feel more at home but also foster socializing between newcomers and longtime residents, many of whom are unable to afford a home in the area. “Those families get introduced to the idea of home ownership,” she said. “And a stable community is a community where people have a home they can call their own.”

Two future home owners, Gabriel and Mercedes Peralta, now live in a one-bedroom house and are looking forward to the day their two children have their own bedrooms. “If it weren’t for volunteers like you guys partnering with Habitat, it would be impossible for us to have a home here in San Diego,” Peralta told volunteers. “It’s a dream come true.”

Chris Polychron, 2015 NAR president, was on hand to thank the volunteers as well. He told members that, though the public may be drawn to the aesthetics of a home, real estate professionals know to look deeper: “The foundation is what will stand the test of time. You’re part of that. You’re part of that foundation for Habitat that will stand the test of time.”

Meg White

Meg White is the former managing editor of REALTOR® Magazine.