SOURCE: National Association of Realtors

National Association of Realtors

National Association of Realtors

November 11, 2009 16:00 ET

Realtors® Present San Diego Area Family With Keys to New Habitat Home

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - November 11, 2009) - Abdi Farah and Amran Abdi finally have a place of their own to call home, thanks to the National Association of Realtors® and San Diego Habitat for Humanity. The family was presented with the keys to their new home during a dedication ceremony today.

The couple and their three children, sons Mohamed, 5; Masud, 1; and daughter, Mumtaaz, 3, were joined by Realtor® leaders, San Diego Habitat for Humanity staff, and hundreds of volunteers at the dedication for the two-story, four-bedroom home at 1441 Harding Ave., in National City, Calif.

The dedication precedes the 2009 REALTORS® Conference & Expo here this week. Approximately 20,000 Realtors® and guests are expected to attend.

"Realtors® build communities and are committed to helping families like Abdi and Amran achieve their dreams of homeownership," said NAR President Charles McMillan, a broker with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Dallas-Fort Worth. "This new Habitat house will not only provide the family with a happy, healthy and safe environment, but the home's green features will also help reduce the family's future maintenance and utility costs."

The home is NAR's first "green"-constructed Habitat for Humanity house. Smart design helped reduce material use, and sustainable, eco-friendly and recycled materials were incorporated throughout the home; energy efficient appliances and lighting were used inside and drought-tolerant plants and trees were planted outside.

The home is expected to achieve Platinum certification, the highest green rating level a home can receive through the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) system.

The future homeowners, Abdi and Amran are natives of Somalia and spent their early years in refugee camps. They are now U.S. citizens and are very excited for the opportunity to own their own home.

The family -- which includes Amran's 21-year-old brother Abdijaber, a college student -- previously lived in a small two-bedroom apartment in a crime-ridden area. The apartment leaked, had poor water quality and was often cold in winter. Their new Habitat house will offer the family more space and a small backyard for the children to play.

This is the ninth year that NAR has partnered with Habitat for Humanity to sponsor a home in the city hosting NAR's annual conference. Realtors® have also contributed to Habitat for Humanity abroad and the post-Katrina homebuilding efforts along the Gulf Coast.

The 2009 REALTORS® Conference & Expo will take place at the San Diego Convention Center. This year's conference is expected to draw approximately 20,000 Realtors® and guests. Participants will "Chart a Winning Course" as Realtors® are joined by industry experts, lawmakers, federal agency officials and others for a program that addresses the varied issues facing today's residential and commercial real estate markets.

The mission of San Diego Habitat for Humanity is to make housing a matter of action and conscience as a means to erase poverty housing from our community and the world. San Diego Habitat for Humanity Inc. is the local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. SDHFH welcomes everyone of all faiths or no faith to join the effort in strengthening families, neighborhoods and communities. Donors and volunteers are the foundation of Habitat's work in San Diego County. San Diego Habitat completed its 99th home and has more than 50 in the pipeline! For more information please visit www.sdhfh.org or call 619-283-HOME.

The National Association of Realtors®, "The Voice for Real Estate," is America's largest trade association, representing 1.2 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.

Information about NAR is available at www.realtor.org. News releases are posted in the Web site's "News Media" section in the NAR Media Center.

REALTOR® is a registered collective membership mark which may be used only by real estate professionals who are members of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® and subscribe to its strict Code of Ethics. Not all real estate agents are REALTORS®. All REALTORS® are members of NAR.

Contact Information

  • For further information contact:
    Sara Weis
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    Elizabeth Neubrand
    Director of Development & Community Affairs
    Office: 619/283-4663 ext. 317
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