LARKSPUR, CA-- Sep 13, 2012 - Jack McLaughlin, co-founder of My Broker Donates, today announced the formal launch of My Broker Donates, 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.
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.)
"My Broker Donates is a win for all. Home buyers/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 at zero cost to them. Non-profits gain a new way to raise much-needed funds, especially during these economically-challenged times. Reputable 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," stated Mr. McLaughlin.
During the past year of beta, 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.
Home buyers and sellers who call MBD first are assured three significant benefits:
A better way to find a top-producing real estate agent
MBD takes the guesswork and headache out of identifying a qualified professional to assist them with possibly the biggest financial transaction of their lifetime -- at no cost to them. Working with the right agent can mean putting significant funds in seller bank accounts and helps buyers prevail in getting the "right" house.
An objective referral source
MBD looks at all top-producing agents. Agent recommendations are driven by information only available within the industry, including agent production and professional standing data from a variety of sources, such as peer networks and state real estate departments. MBD also targets agents with a track record of giving back to the community. Agents can't pay to participate.
An independent referral source
MBD is not beholden to any agent group or brokerage, nor does it have contracts with or obligations to the real estate industry. And has no conflict of interest. The partners, brokers and staff never represent MBD buyers or sellers in any real estate transaction.
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.
About My Broker Donates -- A Better Place to Live, A Better Way to Give
My Broker Donates 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/.
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SOURCE: My Broker Donates, Inc.