As a representative of Friedberg Properties & Associates and a member of the National Association of Realtors, Teresa Morrison and her husband Michael, attended the NAR Conference in New Orleans Louisiana.
Mixing business and vacation Morrison volunteered to share our first day in New Orleans on their very first Realtor Build, partnering with Habitat for Humanity.
This year’s build took place in the New Orleans East neighborhood, a quiet, suburban-like neighborhood that has been slow to recover. The partner, New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity, owns over 30 lots in this neighborhood and is planning significant revitalization this year. Even nine years after Hurricane Katrina, you can still catch a glimpse of abandoned homes marked with the once-ubiquitous “X Code” used by Urban Search and Rescue after the storm.
Over one hundred Realtors from across the country participated in the event that included a total of four build sites. The participants met at the convention Center at 6:30 am for a box breakfast and registration. The participants then loaded four buses and headed for the build site. The build began with safety meeting, on site, at 7:30 am. The site included a raised foundation and sub floor. In one afternoon the group assembled all the interior and exterior walls, hung the sheathing and cut out all the doors and windows. At the end of the day all the walls of the three bedroom home were complete. The young women who will be receiving the home was also on site.
Our experience with Habitat was awesome!, Morrison said. The Morrison’s look forward to participating in another build in the future.