When the company Burt Taylor works for, Arkanova Energy, moved from The Woodlands to Austin, the company partnered with Give Realty to find new corporate space. Arkanova believes in Give Realty’s mission and suggested Laurie Loew to all of its relocating employees.
Burt says he has had a lot of experience dealing with real estate and has been, “burned before.” But working with Laurie was a refreshingly new experience for the Taylors.
“I know I wasn’t her only client,” says Taylor, “but Laurie made me feel like I was.”
“When you know your agent is looking out for your best interest, you have faith in the way the contract, negotiation and search will be executed. Laurie understands those needs and communicates effectively to eliminate your fear.”
The Taylors passed this sense of security on, as Burt and his wife Stephanie decided to give to SafePlace, an organization that aims to end sexual and domestic violence through safety, healing, prevention and social change. The Taylors appreciate that SafePlace also assists males, a demographic sometimes overlooked in regard to abuse.
What started out as a suggestion from the boss turned into a great experience for both a family struggling with a big move and for a non-profit doing challenging and crucial work. Not only did SafePlace earn $1912.50, vital funds in a challenging economic environment, but the Taylors were able to give back to the community and to top it off, the turn-around time from when the Taylors started looking to the closing date was one month. As Burt Taylor summed it up, the experience was simply “awesome.”
Three Ways to Help SafePlace
1. Volunteer. SafePlace needs volunteers in highly confidential, direct positions to work with survivors and children. Volunteers for non-direct positions are needed, which may involve administrative duties, assisting at the charter school or daycare, or providing workshops for Life Skills classes. Volunteers are also needed to help to foster pets of families in the shelter.
2. Make a contribution. Visit http://www.safeplace.org to donate online and to view other opportunities to give. SafePlace is always in need of new and gently used items for its shelter, and is currently experiencing a critical shortage of baby wipes and diapers sizes 4-6.
3. Tell everyone you know about SafePlace! A good place to start would be by liking SafePlace on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/SafePlace.EndingSAandDV and staying in touch.