Guest blogger Travis Saxton is vice president of technology for REAL Trends

According to a 2014 study conducted by REAL Trends and CityBlast that analyzed eight million real estate–related social media posts, charity-related items were the No. 1 most shared, liked and followed posts.

One example of an impactful charity is the Windermere Foundation that recently raised $30 million for low-income and homeless families. The Seattle-based, independently-owned real estate company is getting major press coverage from this significant event.

Another organization is Giveback Homes (GBH). Coined the “socially good movement in real estate,” GBH is a trusted network of real estate professionals dedicated to creating social change through buying or selling homes.

By simply choosing to work with a REALTOR®, mortgage broker or home builder who is a member of GBH, consumers help build a home for a family in need and people want to work with people who are doing good.*

“Everyone deserves a safe place to call home,” said Blake Andrews, founder of Giveback Homes. “The more brokerages that join, the more we can all accomplish together.”

One-hundred percent of all donations in the broker-level package go directly to a GBH Build Project of the donor’s choice. Currently, there are 14 projects stateside, including Habitat for Humanity of Central Arizona.

Fueled by the passion of real estate professionals, GBH is in its second year of applying the “doing well by doing good” business model. To date, members have raised more than $200,000 and helped build nine homes in the U.S. alone.

Start giving back to your community now and have a promotional strategy in place to reap the rewards of your hard work and philanthropy.

Excerpted from the November 2015 issue of the REAL Trends Newsletter and reprinted with permission of REAL Trends Inc. Copyright 2015.

*Discover how corporate social responsibility can improve your bottom line and employee retention rates in the 2015 Cone Communications/Ebiquity Global CSR Study.

See also: Arizona REALTORS® Community Outreach Awards
Arizona REALTORS® Foundation for Housing and Community Outreach

Starting in 2016, Arizona REALTORS® will do a one-year evaluation of the real estate industry’s number one technical support firm, Tech Helpline, to gauge usage and satisfaction as a potential member benefit.

“Since Tech Helpline was born from Florida REALTORS®, it has an advantage over products built by third parties and industry outsiders,” said Fred Cleman, 2015 Chairman of the Arizona REALTORS® Business Services & Technology Committee. “Tech Helpline understands what our members need for their tech solutions.”

At the recent National Association of REALTORS® Expo in San Diego, experts from the U.S.-based Tech Helpline demonstrated how this time and money-saving support service can solve common problems such as computer viruses and internet issues.

“Better yet,” Cleman continued, “there will be no limits to the number or length of calls or online chats.” Support from experienced, reliable and professional technicians will be available six days a week in English or Spanish.

To make sure you have the most up-to-date information on the Tech Helpline rollout, click here to log-in to your member profile and make sure you have opted-in for email.

About Tech Helpline
Tech Helpline began almost fifteen years ago as a service for members of Florida REALTORS®. Known for its no-nonsense technical advice and warm, friendly, customer service, Tech Helpline rapidly grew by offering its service to REALTOR® Associations, Multiple Listing Services and brokerage firms. Tech Helpline is the real estate industry’s #1 tech support service, available to more than 400,000 REALTORS® in the U.S. and Canada. Tech Helpline’s office and staff of professional tech analysts, with more than 250 years of combined IT experience, are located in Orlando, Florida, and are available to provide technology support by phone, chat or email. More information is available online at

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