For Tenth Year, Local Realtors “Fix A Home”

For the tenth year, local realtors are coming together to “fix a home” for a Chapel Hill family.

The Orange Chatham Association of REALTORS launched the Fix-A-Home project back in 2007. Each year, OCHAR selects a home in the Chapel Hill area – identifying homeowners who are physically or financially unable to make repairs on their own – and renovate it from the ground up, using all volunteer labor and donated materials. This year, about 75 volunteers and more than 20 sponsors are involved – including architects and tradesmen as well as manual laborers.

This year’s recipients are Paul and Belinda Caldwell – both longtime UNC employees and Northside residents who have lived in the same home for more than 40 years (and raised seven children there). Fix-A-Home organizers say this is their biggest project yet: the HVAC, plumbing and electrical systems will all be upgraded and every room in the house will undergo renovations.

Anne Hoole is the Fix-A-Home committee chair; Jackie Tanner is a Fix-A-Home co-organizer. They spoke with WCHL’s Aaron Keck.


This year’s Fix-A-Home project got underway on September 8. The reveal date is tentatively scheduled for October 7.

Big Reveal Friday For CH Realtors’ “Fix-A-Home”

This Friday – hurricane or no hurricane! – local residents and businesses will come together to help make one local family’s dream come true.

Each year, the Greater Chapel Hill Association of REALTORS heads up a project called “Fix-A-Home.” They choose one local home every year and provide needed repairs and upgrades for the homeowner – targeting homeowners who are physically or financially unable to make the repairs themselves.

This year’s Fix-A-Home recipient is Jewel Francis, who lives in the Northside neighborhood at 306 Brooks Street, in a home built for her parents 41 years ago. She shares the home with her goddaughter Anita Wilson and Anita’s two children, Lillie-Marie and Elijah – sleeping on the couch so the others can have their own bedrooms.

The project got under way last Thursday. Since then, volunteers have been braving the steady rain and working around the clock to make repairs, install carpet, repaint the walls, and add a new bedroom – for starters. Local businesses have chipped in with supplies, expert assistance, and lodging and food for the family.

Project co-chairs Anne Hoole and Jackie Tanner stopped by WCHL Wednesday and spoke with Aaron Keck.


The big reveal will take place at 3 pm Friday, October 2 – with volunteers, realtors, and Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt on hand. Everyone’s welcome to attend.

Local Realtors “Fix A Home” – And You Can Help

The Greater Chapel Hill Association of Realtors has launched its annual “Fix-A-Home” project, and they’re asking for your support this weekend.

The GCHAR will host a food truck rodeo and silent auction on Sunday, June 1, from 3-7 p.m. at Carrboro Town Commons, with proceeds going to the project. Food trucks include Parlez-Vous Crepe, Chirba Chirba Dumplings, Pie Pushers, Steel String Brewery, Captain Poncho’s Taco Truck, MaMa Duke’s, and Tar Heel Creamery.

Bidding is underway now online for the silent auction; click here to see a list of items and place a bid.

The event will benefit the annual Fix-A-Home project, launched in 2007 to help local homeowners who are physically or financially unable to repair or maintain their homes. This year’s recipient is Barbara Foggie, a founding member of EmPOWERment, Inc., and a retired Certified Nursing Assistant at UNC Hospitals who’s lived at 307 Sunset Drive since 1968. (The house that’s currently on the site was built in 1981.) Volunteers will fix the home’s heating system, install new appliances, and make the home handicap-accessible, among other things.

Anne Hoole of Fathom Realty is the chair 0f this year’s Fix-A-Home project. She stopped by WCHL this week to talk with Aaron Keck.

Hoole says last year’s project cost about $35,000, and they’re expecting a similar cost this year. Visit to learn more – and if you’d like to support or sponsor Fix-A-Home this year, contact Hoole at 919-414-1681 or

Chapel Hill Realtors Perform 7th Fix-A-Home

CHAPEL HILL – Chapel Hill’s Association of Realtors revealed the latest house in their Fix-A-Home community service project on Friday.

This year, Fix-A-Home helped homeowner Susan Prytherch, a disabled single mother, to remodel her house and fix problems like rotting wood. Prytherch said it’s like a new home.

“I love every bit of it,” Prytherch said. “They just totally transformed the house.”

The Fix-A-Home service project has been helping people in the community for seven years.  All the work done is through volunteers and materials donated from local stores and businesses, free to the homeowner.  Project chair Anne Hoole says she began working with Prytherch on what to change in the house after they made the selection in February.

“It’s been an ongoing process since the selection was made,” Hoole says. “And the homeowner is really very much a partner in the process as well–and so she made all of the selections as far as flooring and cabinet, and paint colors. All of those things are her choices–it’s her home, she’s going to live in it.”

Prytherch says one of the most astounding changes was the colors in the house.

“I mean, you can’t imagine when you’ve seen little colors on 8 1/2 x 11 pieces of paper and then you see it in real life,” Prytherch said. “You know I’ve been a little nervous–like, did I get it too crazy with colors–but no, it’s gorgeous, just perfect.”

For Prytherch’s house, more than 40 people volunteered to work on the house and 22 skilled tradesmen and vendors donated time and supplies.  Next year Fix-A-Home will accept applications for another house in the area to help repair.

Fix-A-Home gave special thanks this year to Horizon Custom Builders for serving as their general contractor and guidance.

For information on the application and to view other projects by the Fix-A-Home project you can click here.