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REALTORS' ASSOCIATIONS PITCH IN TO HELP 'ANDREW' RELIEF EFFORT

 REALTORS' ASSOCIATIONS PITCH IN TO HELP 'ANDREW' RELIEF EFFORT
 WASHINGTON, Sept. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- In partnership with its nearly 2,000 local and state associations, the National Association of Realtors has undertaken a major effort to provide relief to the victims of Hurricane Andrew. The association has had an official disaster plan in effect since Hurricane Hugo and the nearly simultaneous San Francisco earthquake. The plan establishes NAR as an information clearinghouse and details what to do before and after a disaster strikes at the state and local levels.
 "The devastation is unbelievable. Some cities are totally destroyed," says Dorcas T. Helfant, president of NAR. She added, "Our members believe it is important for us to assist in the clean-up and rebuilding of those areas hardest hit by Andrew."
 Nationwide efforts are underway by Realtor boards and associations to coordinate various types of relief efforts for these areas. Many individual companies are helping as well. "The Realtor organization is ideally set up, because it operates cooperatively at the national, state and local levels, and all of these get involved in a disaster like this" said Max Hill, co-chairman of NAR's Disaster Relief Study Group.
 The Florida and Louisiana state Realtor associations have launched programs called "Realtors C.A.R.E." (Realtors Combined Andrew Relief Effort) in Orlando and Baton Rouge.
 Among the relief efforts in the stricken areas:
 -- The Ft. Lauderdale Area Association of Realtors is collecting money through its charitable foundation. The association set up a "Realtor Disaster Task Force" Friday, Aug. 28, and a housing bank.
 -- The Miami Board of Realtors is coordinating delivery of goods and materials to appropriate organizations, including the Red Cross and United Way.
 -- The Dade County chapter of the Institute of Real Estate Management (an affiliate of NAR) is collecting money for distribution to the needy in Dade County.
 Among the relief efforts provided from outside the stricken areas:
 -- The Charlotte (N.C.) Association of Realtors, Inc., reports that by last Friday, Aug. 28, they had sent thousands of dollars to areas hit hardest in Louisiana and southern Florida.
 They also have organized a van with canned goods and emergency supplies. They call the van "Charlotte Remembers," referring to the relief they received when Hurricane Hugo hit in 1989.
 -- The Greater Buffalo (N.Y.) Board of Realtors, Inc., is collecting canned goods for delivery to the stricken areas and is soliciting financial aid from the community.
 -- The Pennsylvania Association of Realtors sent a request to all its local boards calling for donations and assistance to victims of the hurricane.
 -- The Metropolitan Kansas City Board of Realtors is coordinating efforts with other Realtor organizations in the area, the Wyandotte association and the Johnson County board. They are making canned goods collections and food donations.
 -- The Tidewater (Va.) Association of Realtors, Inc., is acting in concert with five nearby boards of Realtors to collect money and emergency supplies for the Miami area.
 -- The New Hampshire Association of Realtors, Inc., is collecting emergency supplies and money from its membership.
 -- The Raleigh (N.C.) Board of Realtors, Inc., is collecting money to donate through its local Realtor-related relief channels.
 -- The Southern Maryland Association of Realtors, Inc., is collecting money from its members to send to the stricken areas.
 -- Members of the Appraisal Section of the National Association of Realtors are volunteering expertise by going to assist with appraising damage and coordinate claims with insurance companies.
 In Florida, seven Realtor boards and associations were affected by the hurricane and two were destroyed -- Homestead South Dade and Kendall Perrine. In Louisiana, at least two Realtor boards were demolished, New Iberia and St. Mary's. In areas of South Florida, the association reports that the entire real estate business has been wiped out and that entire communities, including real estate boards, simply no longer exist.
 While food, clothing and hygienic supplies are important, money is most needed. Disaster relief organizations can use the money to purchase, in bulk, more supplies than could ever be donated, Realtors in affected areas advise.
 Additionally, NAR staff in the Chicago and Washington offices also are donating money, food and clothing. Dr. Almon R. "Bud" Smith, NAR executive vice president said: "Everybody has to pitch in and do what they can ... it's hard to watch people who work so hard suffer so much ... their lives depend on the property that was destroyed. Now what we have to do is help in rebuilding those areas."
 NAR also has set up a Disaster Hotline. The toll-free hotline can be used anywhere in the country except Washington, at 800-952-3966. The Washington number is 202-393-5895.
 The National Association of Realtors, "The Voice for Real Estate," is the nation's largest trade association, representing nearly 750,000 members involved in all aspects of the real estate market.
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 /CONTACT: Cheryl Spector, 202-383-1289, Iverson Moore, 202-383-1290, or Walter Molony, 202-383-1177, all of the National Association of Realtors/ CO: National Association of Realtors ST: District of Columbia, Florida IN: SU:


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