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April Is Autism Awareness Month – Here’s How You Can Help

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United Real Estate is proud to continue as an official corporate partner of Autism Speaks for the third year in a row. Our fundraising efforts are off to a great start in 2018 as we kicked off our annual convention with a charity golf outing that raised $15,000. This, combined with convention t-shirt sales which raised $5,000, allowed us to make a $20,000 contribution to Autism Speaks while in Miami!

In 2018, our goal is to double our monetary contribution from 2017 and reach the $100,000 threshold.  We have several ways for our agents to contribute and help the community of families that have relatives and friends on the autism spectrum. Through our own “Project Blue” we commit to support the effort of Autism Speaks to help increase the understanding and acceptance of people with autism. All United agents can easily participate in our automatic donation process where an amount as small as $10 can be taken out of each commission check to benefit Autism Speaks. These small donations come from our network of over 3,500 agents (and growing daily!) who will close over 20,000 transactions in 2018. When all of these efforts are combined, the impact is incredibly powerful. A small contribution from a large, united group will have a significant impact on many lives. Another easy way to get engaged is to take part in local Autism Speaks walks that are held in cities across the United States. I am proud of our local broker leaders who organize their staff and agents to participate in these significant walks. They not only meet other local community leaders and support local families with autistic children, they also have fun raising money along the way.

It was two years ago that I openly shared my family’s experience with having a child diagnosed with autism. Our family has seen firsthand the undeniable benefits of early intervention – including occupational therapy – that can change the course of someone’s life. That story is still the most shared blog in our company’s history. Please click here to learn more about what has become a very inspiring story to many.

If you have a family member who has autism, you can help others in understanding and accepting people with autism by sharing your story. Throughout the month of April, Autism Speaks will be collecting stories of individuals around the world who will share their journey of hope. To learn more, please follow their stories here.

In a world of differences, Autism Speaks amazingly unites individuals living in vastly different societies across the planet for one day – offering support towards those who are unique and diagnosed on the autism spectrum. Last year, over 11,000 buildings around the globe participated in Light It Up Blue to show support for the 70 million people affected by autism. The Light It Up Blue campaign begins on April 2nd and kicks off Autism Awareness month. I am grateful and proud of our organization’s continuous support of Autism Speaks.

A big thank you in advance to everyone at United Real Estate who will participate in Project Blue during 2018. Wear your blue on 4/2 and let’s keep moving forward in our careers, businesses, relationships and in our support of others that need our help!

All the best,

Peter

Message to All Affected by Hurricane Harvey

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To all of our United family of brokers and agents in Houston.  On behalf of myself, and our CEO Dan Duffy, I know we speak for everyone inside of our United Real Estate Corporate office and throughout our growing supportive network of offices and agents, that you have been in our thoughts and prayers these past few weeks. Our immediate concern is still for you and your loved ones continued safety.  I have been in communication consistently with Dianne Moore, our and your leader in the Houston market.  She has kept me up to date of what is still an ever-changing dynamic for many citizens of the greater Houston area. We recognize that this is not only an enormous disaster, but also the largest natural disaster in the history of our country.

We are a country filled with people of resolve, and the citizens of the state of Texas have as much spirit as any group of individuals I have ever met. I know the waters will recede and Houston will begin to assess the damage, repair and rebuild.  Houston and its citizens will continue to be an example of a great large American city! It won’t be immediate and some areas will take longer than others, but business and the continued growth of the greater Houston area will resume.

Recognizing this, the United Real Estate leadership team wants to help the 240 agents who work for United Real Estate | Houston how we can during this transition time. An immediate action we will take is to waive your monthly fees for October, November and December. At this time our Houston office has not been damaged and we will open back up when it is safe to do so. We will ensure you have no interruption to the full support services you receive from United Real Estate, while removing the monthly fee obligation.

You should also know that your United family from California to New Jersey to Florida, everywhere in between, and back to Texas have asked how they can help.  Many have already donated to different charitable organizations to help the citizens of Houston.  All of us at United are continuing to think of you and will be in touch again soon on how we can support you and the greater Houston area to slowly but steadily get your lives and business back on track. We are United!

God Bless!

Peter