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Statement of Solidarity

The New Orleans Metropolitan Association of REALTORS® stands firm in our commitment to equality. We stand against racism and injustice. We are disheartened by the events that led to the death of George Floyd, and we stand in solidarity with all who share the same concerns.

Our values and the REALTOR® Code of Ethics demand social responsibility in pursuit of integrity and honor. We advocate for these goals at the local, state, and national levels and mobilize to ensure fair treatment for all people.

As REALTORS® we will use our collective voices and platform to strive to remove racial inequalities, social injustices and unfair housing practices here in our region. Together, we continue to work toward a more just and safe community for everyone.

Amanda HanemannPresident

Missy WhittingtonCEO

FANO Community Support Fund Created for Rental and Utility Assistance During COVID-19

The Finance Authority of New Orleans (FANO) has announced the establishment of their Community Support Fund (CSF) in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). These funds will help Orleans Parish residents who qualify with rent or utility assistance in the wake of the pandemic.

Funds will be awarded to potential homebuyers and existing homeowners who qualify as part of the vulnerable populations disproportionately affected by COVID-19. The CSF is designed to complement FANO’s other community assistance programs and resources. In addition to providing rent and utility assistance, the CSF will also develop a transition plan for each potential homebuyer to ensure they are prepared for a post-COVID-19 environment.

“This is an extremely difficult time for all New Orleanians, especially for those who have lost loved ones, income, or have experienced other hardships that prevent their ability to maintain a stable home,” said Damon Burns, FANO’s President and CEO. “Our mission with this Fund, and with our other programs, is to provide financial products that improve the quality of life in New Orleans, with a focus on affordable housing, job creation and environmental protection,” Burns said.

The CSF primarily focuses on potential homebuyers and homeowners within Orleans Parish who have suffered a substantial loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Qualifications include but are not limited to the following: reduction in job compensation, an obligation to be absent from work to care for home-bound school-aged child(ren), or job loss. Funding will be pooled into two categories for disbursement:

Category 1

Rental assistance with a maximum benefit amount of $500 per household 

Category 2

Utility assistance with a maximum benefit amount of $75 per household

To apply for FANO’s CSF assistance, residents should call (504) 524-5533, (504) 354-0904, or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Applicants will be pre-screened to determine basic eligibility and will receive notice of the documentation needed to qualify for the program.

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Good Neighbors, That’s Who We “R” NOMAR REALTORS®

 

Good Neighbors Thats Who We R NOMAR REALTORS
 
Many REALTORS® are reacting to this crisis by figuring out how to help people in their community, not surprising because THAT IS WHO WE R! 
 
We want to know how NOMAR REALTORS® are doing good in their community, supporting colleagues and clients, & being champions for homeownership and property rights. 
 
Let’s show the world how REALTORS® respond to a crisis. Send us your stories or give a shout out to a fellow REALTOR®. We will be featuring these stories on our social media and creating a collection that will live on our website! Also, don’t forget to apply for NAR’s Good Neighbor Awards; deadline is May 8 and winners will be announced in August, where Five winners will win $10,000 and national publicity to support their cause 
 
You are free to use the prompts below:
  1. What are ways that you have supported your community during this time?
  2. Share an example of a client you have served during this time. What was their need? Why was it so important that you served them during this time?
  3. How are you adjusting your business to ensure you are abiding by the social distancing requirements and protecting the clients?
  4. If you are a broker owner or managing broker, how are you supporting your agents during this time? / How is your broker supporting you and your colleagues during this time?
  5. During times of crisis it is important to show care to yourself and others. How are you showing care for yourself? For your colleagues/employees? For your clients? 
Please submit your stories and shout outs to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. submissions can be made in writing with an optional photo or by video.
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Samantha Andrus

Keller Williams Realty Crescent City Westbank Partners 

Keller Williams International Day of service Red Day 2020 was May 14th  this year! This event is an integral part of the Keller Williams culture. It displays the extraordinary impact a company can have when individuals come together to work as a team. Keller Williams 504-207-2007 partnered with Eden House as this years project. Eden House is a movement to eradicate the trafficking and selling of human beings. They create systemic change through: youth prevention; education and legislative advocacy, and recovery and reentry services for victims, including long-term shelter.

We are so proud of our agents and all who helped donate for Red Day. We were able to fill boxes of supplies, supply a new washer, and many generous donations to Eden House of New Orleans! Thank you so much to our culture chair Samantha Andrus for planning and preparing and everyone on the culture committee for your time and help! Everyday is a great day to give back to your community. We are so honored to be in business with a great group of realtors

- Katie Crowe, Director of Agent Services Keller Williams Realty 504-207-2007
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Delisha Boyd

Delisha Boyd Realty, LLC

Delisha has done great things for our community. She helped provide nearly 700 hot meals for front liners in this pandemic (nurses, doctors, police, firemen, and postal workers). She enlisted the help of one of her favorite locally owned restaurants to cook the meals. So, that act sowed into a small and locally owned restaurants while providing a meal for our first responders. A restaurant that was struggling after the stay home mandate went into affect. This gesture is truly invaluable. It was during the first couple of weeks of the stay home mandate when emotions were high and fear was setting in for most. Today she partnered with some other people to hand out hundreds of FREE masks to help fight COVID-19. 
 
She received personal notes from nurses and doctors grateful for a hot lunch. It meant so much to them to know they are praised and appreciated. People picked masks today saying they were grateful because they couldn't afford to pick them up.
- Kristen Boyd
 
I’d like to give a shout out to my broker Delisha Boyd! She offered and will provide hand sanitizer to anyone on our team that needs it! 
- Barbara Braud 
 
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Eilleen Traficante

LATTER & BLUM REALTORS INC.

I have been volunteering at the food bank once a week.  I love to bake and share with my elderly neighbors giving them my treats lift my spirits!😷👍😃

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Rose Fogarty

LATTER & BLUM REALTORS INC.

Had a request from two people on our community page asking for 2 masks so I had four and brought two to them to help out. They were elderly and really appreciated it. Wish I had more to offer others!! 
 
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Eric Hernandez

NOLA Living Realty

I wanted to give a shot out to Eric Hernandez, NOLA Living Realty, who has been extremely generous in supporting our front line workers and local churches during this time.

Eric organized and funded a meal giveaway for Jefferson Parish police officers on April 3rd at Bobby Hebert's Cajun Cannon in which he provided free lunch/dinner for all of our brave officers working the frontline. On April 11 he held another event at Bobby Hebert's for front line health care workers, in which he again provided complimentary meals as well as free Avion margaritas for all attendees. Then, this past Sunday, he provided two local churches with over 200 free meals.
 
I hope he can get a shot out, he's so generous -- I'm so proud that he's my broker! 
- Jessica Gorman NOLA Living Realty

 

 

2020 Census REALTOR® Guide

Participate in The 2020 Census 

The 2020 Census is happening now! You can complete your questionnaire online, by phone, or by mail.

 

Why is my participation important?

  • It influences the number of congressional seats for Louisiana.
  • It determines how dollars are being allocated for schools and hospitals in Louisiana.
  • It would give accurate economic data for businesses, researchers, and policy makers in making decisions.
  • It helps with the planning of public health programs in Louisiana.
  • Each person who goes uncounted costs Louisiana $2,291.

Results are especially important for REALTORS® too, helping NAR’s Research Team provide troves of data to members. Click here to learn more about what Census housing data is used for.

Click here to learn more and be counted!

 

How To Respond

Most households received their invitation to respond to the 2020 Census between March 12 – 20. These official Census Bureau mailings will include detailed information and a Census ID for completing the Census online.

In addition to an invitation to respond, some households will receive a paper questionnaire (sometimes known as the census form). You do not need to wait for your paper questionnaire to respond to the Census. Please complete your census form online, by phone, or by mail when your invitation to respond arrives.

The 2020 Census will ask a few simple questions about you and everyone who is or will be living with you on April 1, 2020.

You can choose to complete the census online, by phone, or by mail. Find out more about each of these methods below:

If you do not receive an invitation to respond from the Census Bureau, you may respond online or visit the 2020census.gov Contact Us page.

Encourage Friends, Family, Colleagues & Clients to Participate!

Please encourage everyone to participate in the 2020 Census! Below are some Census talking points and a graphic to use on social media!

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Timeline

2020 Census Social Media Infographic

Unemployment Assistance for REALTORS®

Independent Contractors, including REALTORS®, Eligible for Unemployment Assistance

The CARES Act legislation includes a provision that provides for a temporary Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program through December 31, 2020. This provides payment to those not traditionally eligible for unemployment benefits, including independent contractors and the self-employed, who are unable to work as a direct result of the coronavirus public health emergency. If you think you may be eligible for this assistance, we recommend that you apply. To apply for unemployment assistance, please visit www.laworks.net. To register, you will need your Social Security number and a valid e-mail address. Until we are notified otherwise, we suggest that you use your broker’s name, address and telephone number for the employer part of the application.

Tips for applying:

  1. Apply online at www.laworks.net, not over the phone

  2. Apply later in the evening/at night when the system is less strained

  3. As this provision is new, the state’s system may send you an initial monetary denial. Submit a weekly claim each Sunday so that you can receive benefits once the system is updated.

  4. Since you may have to apply a few times, save a separate document with your answers to make it easier to copy and paste them into future applications.

  5. The Louisiana Workforce Commission strongly encourages you to select direct deposit as your payment method. A debit card could take as long as 10 days to be processed, mailed, and received.

  6. Click Here to Fill Out an Application

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