Buying or selling a home?
Let your home sale benefit the Opportunity Council! Our program is free to use and the donation will come entirely from your Realtor's commission. There is no additional cost to you.
1. Before you contact a Realtor, sign up on the form below. 2roofs would love to be your Realtor, but you can also suggest another you would prefer to use and we will reach out to them on your behalf. It's important that you sign up here as a first step.
2. When your sale closes we will donate the equivalent of 20% of our commission through our giving program at no additional cost to you.
3. Afterwards, you receive a complimentary keepsake, hardcover book featuring the story of the person your sale helped.
Sign up here to indicate you are being referred to us by the Opportunity Council. We will double our pledge to 20% of our commission for Non Profit referrals!
After you sign up (on the form on this page) we will be in touch and will be happy to answer any questions you have! We look forward to helping you buy or sell your home!
Several recent 2roofs home sales have gone to support the Opportunity Council and their wonderful programs like Extend-a-Hand:
Extend-a-Hand helps low-income residents find and keep rental housing. The Bellingham Herald covers the administrative costs so gifts directly support people.
In 2016 at the OC, 251 households received rental assistance to prevent evictions. Additionally, 61 families with children who were experiencing homelessness received emergency shelter assistance or move-in assistance. More than 200 households avoided eviction or received other rental help, and more than 300 people received help with their prescriptions, thanks to donations to Extend-a-Hand.
One family included a mother who was caring for her four children and her medically fragile mother. The family fell behind on their rent after a severe burn left the mother unable to work. Fortunately, their risk of becoming homeless faded after a case worker used Extend-a-Hand money to cover their rent. The case worker also connected the family with other resources, which gave the mother time to recover and return to work.
Extend-a-Hand also assisted a family of five that had received a vacate notice and was facing homelessness. The father had recently been laid off from his job and the mother had left her employment due to health issues. With the loss of employment, the family fell behind on rent and didn’t have the resources to get caught up. With help through Extend-a-Hand, the family was able to avoid eviction. Shortly after receiving assistance both parents were able to find jobs and the family continues to thrive in their home.
This sounds too good to be true. What's the catch?
Well, breathe easy! There is no catch. No hidden fee. No extra home charge. No extra percentage charged from the Realtor. No jacked up listing prices or anything else like that. Our Realtors give the donation from their own share of the sale.
So, if I don't pay for the donation, who does?
We are excited to get leads from Non Profits and to give back to their great work in our community. The donation comes from the Realtor's portion of the sale: the commission. Home owners would pay this commission anyway to work with a Realtor, so there is no extra cost to you. When you are referred by a Non Profit, our donation is the equivalent of 20% of the Realtor's commission.
How much will the donation be that comes from my home purchase or sale?
Our standard gift is 10% through our 2roofs Giving Program. However, if you are referred to us by a Non Profit we double our pledge to 20% of the Realtor's commission. This tends to be about $600 for every $100,000 in sale price. Let's take an example and say you were referred to us by a Non Profit. You sign up here, work with 2roofs or a partner Realtor to buy or sell your next home. This home sells for $500,000. As is normal, your Realtor receives a commission from this sale (commissions are agreed upon in advance and paid by the owner of the property. The buyers of the property pay no commission). In our example, the sale closes and the Realtor receives a standard 3% commission. This would mean Your Realtor gets paid $15,000 (3% of $500,000 sale). Still with me? 20% of the Realtors commission (the donation amount) is then $3,000. You choose your favorite Non Profit as the beneficiary. They will now receive $3,000 as a donation.
If my Non Profit has a pool of preferred Realtors, how does this work?
2roofs often works with a pool of preferred Realtors for a specific Non Profit. We do this through a commonly used practice between Realtors called referrals. In exchange for a client referral from us agents are excited to participate in our program and to give back through the sale of the home. These Realtors all come highly recommended by your favorite Non Profit. You can simply choose the Realtor you want to work with as they will have all agreed to participate in our giving program.
Do you work with home buyers as well as home sellers?
Yes, absolutely. Though commissions are always paid by owners of properties, both the buyer's Realtor and the seller's Realtor (sometimes the same person) are paid commission and thus can participate in our giving program.
Can I suggest a Realtor I would like to use?
Yes. You will still need to sign up here on the form above. Just give us the Name, email and cell number of your preferred Realtor in your message on the form and we will contact them to see if they will participate in our program. The contact needs to happen through us. We let them know we have someone who has requested them to participate in our giving program. The agent will need to agree to give up a portion of their commission for the referral. Referrals are common between Realtors and most Realtors are very happy to give back to a Non Profit. If they do not want to participate there is, of course, nothing we can do about this. We will then send you a selection of great, vetted Realtors from which to choose.
How does 2roofs make money?
We make money from the fee we receive from the Realtor for the referral. When working with a pool of preferred Realtors we negotiate the referral with our partner Realtors. This referral is paid entirely by the Realtor from the commission. Realtors are excited to get leads from us and gladly pay us for the lead in addition to participating in our giving program. We do not have any extra charge for our Partner Non Profits or those who participate in our program. Of a 35% referral, 20% goes to the Non Profit and 2roofs retains the remainder.
Will you share the story of how my sale helped the Non Profit?
We ask the Non Profit to send us a few photos and the story of how they used the donation. We then pass this story on to you so you can feel the impact your sale made!