Hoboken REALTORS Help New Orleans Rebuild

By Eddie Perez

I just returned from attending the 2010 National Association of REALTORS convention in New Orleans. It’s now been 5 years since the

devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina and much of the city has since been rebuilt however much work remains to be done.

I along with fellow Hoboken real estate agent Mary Jane Dinardo had the opportunity of helping to build homes in the Upper 9th Ward by participating in the REALTORS Volunteer Build Days before the conference began. Hundreds of real estate professionals from around the country teamed up with two organizations, New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity and Rebuilding Together New Orleans, to rebuild and restore homes for deserving families.

I was surprised to find out that for the last 3 years, these two organizations have been the largest single-family home builder in the metro area with over 305 homes having been built.

While great progress has been made, there are still stark reminders of the destruction levied upon this wonderful city.

Abandoned and destroyed homes can be seen throughout the Upper and Lower 9th Wards.

Many of these have heavy vegetation growing atop what’s left of their sagging roofs. Empty lots and shrubs occupy vast areas of this once lively area.

Although challenges remain, sparkling signs of hope can be found particularly with the Musicians Village where an eight-acre parcel of land has been transformed into 72 single-family homes.

I was humbled to have helped provide one family with the ability to participate in the American dream of home ownership.

For help in finding and closing on your perfect Hoboken home,contact Eddie Perez, Broker-REALTOR, CDPE. Eddie’s market includes Hoboken, a progressive city where they’re always coming up with new ways of making it a better place to live, Jersey City, Weehawken and Union City. Eddie can also be reached by phone at 201-344-2886.

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