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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 ChapelHillRealtors.com to learn more – and if you’d like to support or sponsor Fix-A-Home this year, contact Hoole at 919-414-1681 or ahoole@fathomrealty.com.

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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.

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