Home is more important than ever. For many of us, homes have become workplaces, schools, and shelters as we protect ourselves during an unprecedented pandemic. Since Homie first launched, our motto has been, “We’ve Got Your Back.” Now more than ever, we want to help those in our community most impacted by this current crisis.
The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has been felt globally, but for the city of Las Vegas, the entertainment capital of the world, the impact has been unparalleled. As communities and respective businesses remain closed, thousands of workers and residents across the Las Vegas Valley have struggled to make ends meet. In result, many have had to push off plans to retire, or even put their home up for sale to downsize for extra cash.
Since its launch in March, Homie, a new real estate tech company in Las Vegas, has been working not only to keep real estate moving in Southern Nevada, but to put more money in the buyer’s and seller’s hands -- particularly for those who absolutely need to buy or sell a home during this time.
Here’s how we’re helping make a difference:
We’re Keeping People Home
We’ve established a Homie Fund in partnership with the United Way of Southern Nevada’s Emergency Assistance and Community Needs Fund. Homie has committed up to $100,000 to this fund to assist those impacted by COVID-19. Homie contributions will help Las Vegans stay in their homes through rent and mortgage assistance.
We’re Waiving Fees
For those in Las Vegas that are directly impacted and forced to sell their homes due to COVID-19, Homie will rebate the entire $2,500 listing fee back to the seller at close. Homie already saves sellers thousands in commission, but this is just one more way we can give even more. To apply for this rebate, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’re Giving Back
Over the next 90 days, Homie will donate an additional $500 to United Way of Southern Nevada with every home bought or sold with Homie in Las Vegas through the Homie Fund. Homie’s goal is to donate an additional $100,000 to help more Las Vegans in need. We’ve got your back.
Giving back to Las Vegas hits close to home for co-founder Mike Peregrina who grew up in the city, attended UNLV and felt the crippling effect of the 2008 economic crash.
“Las Vegas has always had a special place in my heart,” says Peregrina. “Over the course of the last few weeks the home has become more important than ever and we want to do our part to help more people stay in their homes or keep more of their equity when they sell.”
Homie, a full-service real estate tech company, operates to dramatically reduce costs for homebuyers and sellers. Different from impersonal home buying tech platforms and high-cost traditional brokerages, Homie combines technology with full-time, local agents that don’t charge percentage-based commissions. For more information on Homie’s real estate services, visit https://www.homie.com/.
To get emergency housing support through the United Way Emergency Fund, visit the official Nevada 211 Health and Human Services page.
NOTE: On March 29, 2020, Governor Steve Sisolak announced a moratorium on all evictions in the State of Nevada. Homeowners should contact their mortgage lenders and renters should work with their landlords and property managers to discuss relief and repayment options. More details are available at nvhealthresponse.nv.gov.