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Fresno Realtors volunteer with Habitat to build homes

Fresno Realtors are volunteering to build two Habitat houses in southeast Fresno.
Fresno Realtors are volunteering to build two Habitat houses in southeast Fresno.

Fresno Realtors know how to sell homes, but they aren’t always on the sweaty, dirty end of actually building one.

This month, members of the Fresno Association of Realtors are picking up hammers, paint brushes and other construction tools to help Habitat for Humanity Fresno County build two houses. The association is celebrating its 110th anniversary this year. Habitat hit the big 3-0. It was a good time to come together, said Colleen Wiginton, association president.

“It’s such a natural partnership for us because we’re both such big advocates for affordable housing,” Wiginton said.

The Realtors’ group is sponsoring the construction of two houses in Habitat’s small Hope Village development at Church and Laval avenues in southeast Fresno. The association came up with $12,500 and applied for a grant from the California Association of Realtors Housing Affordability Fund, worth another $12,500. The rest of the funds came from city of Fresno HOME funds and other donors.

The group last sponsored a house 10 years ago in the Crossroads subdivision at Jensen and Fruit avenues in southwest Fresno.

“It was so rewarding,” Wiginton said. “I had a great time because one of the things that they say when we’re out there is that it has to be 50 percent fun and 50 percent work. They do make it fun. Everybody shares what they’re learning.”

Construction is expected to finish early next year.

BoNhia Lee: 559-441-6495, @bonhialee

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