LARKSPUR, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 11/01/12 -- Jack McLaughlin, co-founder of My Broker Donates, today announced that The Rabbit Haven received its first donation resulting from a My Broker Donates-facilitated home sale. The Rabbit Haven is an all-volunteer non-profit organization that provides shelter and sanctuary for abandoned and surrendered rabbits, and education in the proper care of rabbits. My Broker Donates is a social enterprise that provides home buyers and sellers with a free service to help them find a Realtor and channels broker referral fees into donations for non-profit organizations.
The Rabbit Haven, which is entirely funded by individual donors and grants, partnered with My Broker Donates in January 2012 to increase donations. Karen and Darrell Thomas, volunteers at The Rabbit Haven for the past six years, registered with MBD in June to facilitate the sale of their Los Gatos home. The transaction, which closed in September, resulted in a $4,000 donation to The Rabbit Haven.
"We were thrilled to discover that we could benefit The Rabbit Haven with a portion of our real estate agent's commission by using My Broker Donates to find us an agent. My Broker Donates identified several qualified agents from which we selected the person who sold our home. Buying and selling real estate is not something we do frequently but, as real estate commissions are a given and we had a house to sell, we decided to make sure some of that commission would go to our favorite charitable organization," stated Mr. Thomas.
"Partnering with My Broker Donates was essentially a no-brainer. Fundraising is critically important to The Rabbit Haven and My Broker Donates provides us with a way to garner sizable donations -- $4,000 is a big donation from an individual donor. Our donor also received a valuable service: My Broker Donates only refers first-class service providers with stellar performance records and a strong commitment to their community. For all those Rabbit Haven lovers thinking about selling their homes: Please see My Broker Donates to get a great price on your home and the opportunity to support The Rabbit Haven. You will receive a good selection of excellent Realtors to choose from and make the sale or purchase of your home count for the non-profit you support; it will cost you nothing," stated Heather Bechtel, Director, The Rabbit Haven.
My Broker Donates connects home buyers and sellers with up to three real estate agents matched to their particular transaction through an objective, data-driven process. Buyers and sellers choose the agent they like best. Employing the right agent means a better outcome for clients. Those selling a house are provided with the best opportunity for getting the highest possible price. Those buying a house are better assured of locating the ideal property. When their transaction closes, My Broker Donates uses the broker referral fee to make a sizable donation to the non-profit organization selected by the home buyer/seller -- at zero cost to the home buyer/seller or the charity. On a home sale of $500,000, the resulting contribution is more than $2,000. (Go to MBD's Donate-O-Meter to compute a donation.)
"We're delighted to be partnering with The Rabbit Haven and thrilled to have facilitated this significant donation. As this donation amply demonstrates, My Broker Donates is a win for all involved. Home buyers and sellers have a free, independent, data-driven referral service that connects them with a qualified agent to help them recognize the best outcome from their transaction; the highest possible price for those selling a house and just the right property for those buying a house. And, they're able to support their favorite charitable non-profit with a sizable donation at zero cost to them. Non-profits have a new way to drive donations that provides donors with a valuable and timely service -- especially during these economically-challenged times. And, finally, qualified agents with a solid track record and demonstrated community involvement gain qualified leads without incurring any of the usual costs associated with new client acquisition other than the cost of a standard referral fee," stated Mr. McLaughlin.
My Broker Donates was developed in 2011 by Jack McLaughlin, Tom Eddington, and Greg Baumann. Mr. McLaughlin, a licensed California real estate broker with 32 years of experience, developed the concept for My Broker Donates after successfully negotiating real estate transactions for non-profit clients. The results of his efforts include a $150,000 donation to the Marin Workforce Housing Trust and a $25,000+ donation to EAH Housing of California and Hawaii. During the past year, My Broker Donates has partnered with approximately 75 non-profits across the country, and completed nearly a dozen transactions that have benefited non-profits including the Sierra Club, Amnesty International, Summer Search, Whistlestop, and the Black Coalition on AIDS.
About The Rabbit Haven
The Rabbit Haven is a Scotts Valley-based, all-volunteer 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to providing rescue, shelter, medical care, foster care, and spay/neuter services for abandoned and endangered rabbits; placing rabbits in permanent, safe, loving indoor homes; and educating the public about the care, medical, social and behavioral needs of rabbits. The Rabbit Haven rescues abandoned rabbits and accepts surrendered rabbits from the general public, shelters and rescue organizations in the counties of Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, Sonoma, Sacramento, San Benito, Yolo, Contra Costa and San Mateo. Founded in 1986, The Rabbit Haven, a project of AVA, works with a variety of rabbit education and support groups, including The House Rabbit Society, SJ PAWS, FOSCCA, FOWAS, & Harvest Home. It is a member of the Bay Area Shelter Network, Northern Cal Rabbit rescue network, HRS National, Bay Area Shelter network, The Watsonville Task Force and a variety of other community groups. Additional information about The Rabbit Haven may be found at http://www.therabbithaven.org/.
About My Broker Donates - A Better Place to Live, A Better Way to Give
My Broker Donates, a social enterprise, is a free, independent, objective, data-driven agent selection service for home buyers and sellers. My Broker Donates connects buyers with the right agent to help them get the right house at the right price. They match sellers with the right Realtor to get the highest price. When a transaction closes, My Broker Donates makes a substantial donation to the non-profit organization of the buyer or seller's choice. It costs buyers and sellers nothing. Additional information for My Broker Donates can be found at http://mybrokerdonates.com/.
Robin Schoen Public Relations
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