HomeGround Real Estate wins big at the REIV Awards for Excellence!
October 26 2021
We are excited to share HomeGround Real Estate has won the REIV Awards for Excellence Community Service Award! The Award recognises the contribution of agencies or individuals to community service and actions that make a difference to the wider community.
As a social enterprise of Launch Housing, HomeGround Real Estate has community service embedded in its DNA. HomeGround was born out of the recognition that our community wants to make a difference, but is not always attracted to the traditional means of contribution to charity.
Manager of HomeGround Real Estate, Simone Curley, said the award was welcome recognition of the real impact HomeGround has made, with the help of a loyal community of rental providers and supporters.
“This recognition would not be possible without our clients – both rental providers and renters – and our amazing team that makes HomeGround the agency it has become today,” she said.
With the issue of homelessness becoming more prevalent during the pandemic, HomeGround’s growth in new rental providers and properties available, especially those offered at below market rates, is testament to a community that cares.
In the past year, HomeGround provided over $550,000 in contributions to Launch Housing’s operating income. While the bulk of this income was secured through property management fees, HomeGround’s generous, community minded rental providers have also made direct donations to Launch Housing’s fundraising efforts.
HomeGround Real Estate’s partnerships with major brands in the real estate sector have also assisted tenants in times of hardship, by making direct contributions to their rental payment to further ease financial pressures.
With HomeGround Real Estate, rental providers also have the opportunity to make a direct contribution to easing Melbourne’s housing crisis by offering their property at below market rent or adding to stock to the register of available social housing.
“I would like to thank our clients who entrust us to offer their property at reduced rent to those who would never be able to afford it,” Simone said.
Simone and HomeGround team are thrilled to have received this award, testament to the growing community of Melburnians who want a better, more compassionate approach to real estate and housing. HomeGround Real Estate are now in the running for the national award for Community Service as well!
“I’d like to thank the REIV for the recognition of HomeGround’s commitment to the Community. And to the other finalists – keep making a difference,” said Simone.