Community Service Supporting Arizona Residents
August 25, 2015 |
Editor, Arizona Journal of Real Estate & Business
Marketing Manager, Arizona School of Real Estate & Business
The positive direction in the Arizona real estate market has been very apparent when talking to existing professionals in the industry in recent months. Newer reports tied to Arizona such as decreased unemployment rates, the state’s population growth steadily increasing (up to a 6th position) and even a recent survey voting Arizona the #1 state for retirement. These updates among others are helping to rebuild energy in our community. Arizona is getting its bounce back and is beginning to reclaim a reputation of being a “real estate – state” again – with many Arizonans rebounding from years past.
At the same time, other people in Arizona are still working to catch-up and rebuild their lives. To help promote positive growth within the community, our school has developed various programs this year to support a wide range of people: women, children, teens, families and those who serve. Giving back to others is such an important element of our everyday lives and can make such a difference. As Albert Einstein so simply said, “The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving.”
I’ve highlighted ASREB 2015 community programs below. We’ll continue to refine these programs in addition to creating others. If you would like more information, please go to our Programs tab on our website at and click on Community Service.
Helping Arizonans Through Education
Knowledge is Power
Real estate touches everyone at some point, whether you work, sell, buy, rent or invest in it. Gaining knowledge in real estate can be a career choice, a life skill or both.
Since May 2015, our school has been conducting workshops for the Fresh Start Women’s Foundation located in central Phoenix. Fresh Start is a women’s resource organization with more than 25,000 visitors each year. Our workshops cover real estate fundamentals (e.g., steps to qualify for a home loan, buying, selling and renting) and career options in real estate. Women attending our workshops have varying circumstances: financial challenges, single moms caring for chronically ill family members, recently divorced or simply looking for credible information. Our workshops have an outstanding response with full room attendance. In addition to the workshops, we will be awarding a full real estate career scholarship in October, 2015 to a woman in need. We’re currently accepting applications. The Fresh Start workshop fee is $5.00.
To make a donation, visit www.freshstartwomen.org.
In March 2015, we initiated our first series of workshops for high school juniors and seniors. This school year (2015/2016), we’re offering two series of workshops – fall and spring that will be more in-depth ranging from real estate life skills to Arizona-specific real estate fundamentals and much more. We received a great response from parents and students last year and look forward to the year ahead. At the end of the series, students earn a designation that can be used for college applications and resumes.
Tax credit donations are available for these and other Valley school districts, more information can be found on their websites.
Arizona has nearly 600,000 veteran residents. In combination with active military, this represents a fairly large portion of the population. In fact, VA loans accounted for 7.4% of all single family home purchases in Maricopa County for the first half of 2015. This year, we’ve seen a peaked interest in a real estate career from this community. In August, our school initiated a scholarship program for military and/or an immediate military family member for real estate license education to be awarded in December, 2015. We’ve been working closely with Luke Air Force Base to spread the word; scholarships are applicable for all Arizona military residents. Veteran discounts are coming in October.
To make a donation to our veterans, visit www.dvs.az.gov/get-involved/donations.
Helping Arizonans Through Donations
Throughout the year, our school chooses a month(s) to allocate a portion of student tuition to help a local charity.
Thank you to new students enrolled in our license programs in January and June – together we can make a difference.
The Valley’s longest-serving children’s shelter and program provides a safe haven for children threatened with abuse and neglect. Our donation: $3,000.
To make a donation, visit www.crisisnurseryphx.org.
This vital organization has a mission to feed, clothe, house and heal Arizona residents in need. Our donation: $3,000
To make a donation, visit www.stvincentdepaul.net.