PHOENIX — The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is being felt hard in Phoenix. Arizona Governor, Doug Ducey issued an executive order that residents should only leave home for essential functions. Already, thousands of residents across Maricopa County have lost their jobs and are struggling to make ends meet and keep a roof over their heads.
Homie, a real estate tech disruptor that operates in the greater Phoenix area, has partnered with the Valley of the Sun United Way (VSUW) to help provide relief to those most impacted by coronavirus through the COVID-19 Relief Fund.
The VSUW COVID-19 Fund assists those impacted by COVID-19. Donations to the fund will help Maricopa County residents avoid home foreclosure through rent and mortgage assistance. Homie has seeded the fund with a $10,000 cash donation and is committing $500 to the fund with every home bought or sold with Homie over the next three months. To learn more about the United for the Valley COVID-19 Fund or to make a donation, visit https://vsuw.org/covid19fund or text UnitedFund to 51555.
Selling a home has traditionally required paying a percentage-based fee to a local real estate agent, averaging up to six percent of the sales price of the home. Homie uses technology and charges a flat fee without sacrificing the full-service real estate experience. For those in the greater Phoenix area that were directly impacted by this crisis and need to sell their homes due to COVID-19, this provides a way for homeowners to retain more of their home equity.
“We’ve been a part of the Arizona community for almost two years, and it’s hard to see the impact COVID-19 is having on this great state”, said Johnny Hanna, Homie co-founder and CEO. “We’re honored to be able to partner with the United Way to help people stay in their homes during this difficult time.”
Homie launched in Phoenix in 2018. Acting quickly, Homie’s team recognized the need to redirect its marketing resources to help affected residents of Maricopa County.
“Thank you to Homie for its support of our United for the Valley COVID-19 Fund, and especially for its compassion and commitment to help keep Maricopa County families in their homes,” said Carla Vargas Jasa, President and CEO of Valley of the Sun United Way. “During these unprecedented times, Homie’s support provides much-needed stability and hope to Valley families who are facing tremendous obstacles.”
Homie is a real estate technology company changing the way real estate is bought and sold by eliminating high fees and commissions. The company simplified an outdated and overcomplicated process through a combination of technology and full-service real estate agent support. Homie is the #1 listing brokerage office in the state of Utah and is growing quickly in Arizona and Nevada. With real estate and home loans, the Homie Tech family is making every aspect of buying and selling a home simple, affordable, and enjoyable. Finally, the way modern real estate should be. To learn more, visit www.homie.com.
About Valley of the Sun United Way
Valley of the Sun United Way United Way is celebrating 95 years of meeting the most pressing needs of Maricopa County. Valley of the Sun United Way unifies diverse partners, donors, business supporters, nonprofits, government and faith-based communities to build a stronger Valley for us all. United Way and its 90,000 donors, 400 business supporters and 5,000 volunteers fight to break the cycle of poverty by ensuring children and youth succeed, ending hunger and homelessness, and increasing the financial stability of families. Join the fight, visit vsuw.org.