One thing we know from being in real estate is that people are never just buying a home. You don’t go on a real estate website and search for the perfect little bungalow from Maine to California. You find a zip code, or a lake, or a “neck of the woods,” and go from there. And once you house-shop through two or three communities, those communities help you make a decision.
Your favorite house was right behind the strip mall with the nail place, remember? You could smell the acrylic through the dryer vent in the laundry room. The one you ended up buying didn’t have those charming arched doorways, but it had two lots and was walking distance from the coffee shop where that lady was so helpful with directions.
It ends up partly being the house of your dreams, and partly the feel and fit of the community.
We feel it, too.
Because of that feeling, in 2010, one of our agents made a suggestion. He suggested that each agent give 1% of each and every one of his or her commissions as a donation to the communities that have made us successful. Since then, each January the agents decide where to put their 1% for the year, and every quarter a check is drawn up and given away.
So far this little independent office has given our local area a minimum of $10,000 each year.
Sometimes it’s been pretty scary. Realtors might go for months without a commission, but the bills keep coming in. They save when the market is strong and pray when it slows down. But not one has ever reneged on the 1% commitment – not a single agent, not since the first donation.
That does speak to the character and quality of these O’Brien Associates. But it also tells you something about where we live. We get so much. Giving back is part of the lifestyle here.
Charlevoix County Humane Society – 2nd Quarter Donation Recipient
Dedicated to the protection and care of all animals, the Charlevoix Area Humane Society is an independent non-profit 501(c)3 no-kill animal shelter that has been serving pets and their humans in Charlevoix County since 1974.
Good Neighbors Food Pantry – 2nd Quarter Donation Recipient
Good Neighbors Food Pantry of Boyne City brings the whole community together to serve people experiencing food insecurity. Doing so strengthens our community by providing opportunities for neighbors to help neighbors.
Boyne City Eta Nu Charities
Boyne City Eta Nu Charities has received our 3rd quarter donation the last 4 years. This wonderful organization has been providing winter outerwear for over 100 Boyne City students each year since 2008.