RISMedia's Real Estate Magazine

DEC 2018

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RISMedia's REAL ESTATE December 2018 61 L ast year, Keller Williams agents helped over one million people attain their homeownership dream. Timothy Murfree of Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners in Tucker, Ga., is one of those agents...and so much more to one family. Military service members Landers and Shaquania Chappell had been married just a few months when Land - ers stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED) and suffered serious injuries in Afghanistan. He underwent an intense recovery process that included being fit with a prosthetic leg and learning how to walk again. When the couple decided to relocate to Atlanta, they were referred to Murfree who introduced to them the Military Warriors Support Foundation, which works with banks to provide mortgage-free homes to combat-wounded veterans and unmarried Gold Star spouses. Months later, Murfree was able to let the Chappells know that the Military Warriors Support Foundation and Wells Fargo had located a home for them and that they had been selected to receive the home mortgage-free. Murfree, who forwent his commis - sion, says he has always wanted his business to play a role in giving back to the community through working with veterans. "There is no greater purpose than to be of service to others," he explains. TIMOTHY MURFREE REALTOR® Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners JEFF LANGUM , broker/ owner of ERA Courtyard Real Estate, delivered hun- dreds of fans to families in Oklahoma City who were liv- ing without any air condition- ing or those that just simply couldn't afford to turn theirs on. He helped to obtain fans for 200-plus families. For each home that LINDA AND KELLY BOEHMER of The Boehmer Team lists, a donation is made to The Sunshine Kids. The Berk - shire Hathaway HomeSer- vices Select team also supports Hunt For Justice and worked with Payne Family Homes to help the family of a first responder. In 2007, at age 26, RANDY WALLER founded W Real Estate, one of the top firms in Sonoma County, Calif. He sponsors local schools, arts and athletic programs, and is working with develop - ers to rebuild housing after a 2017 fire decimated near - ly 6,000 homes. KAREN JO DOBYNS , a top agent with First Weber REALTORS®, leads a fund - raising effort called "Bags for Bags," in which gently used purses and scarves are sold to raise money for Necessities Bags Wiscon - sin, a group that provides recovering breast cancer patients with a bag con- taining necessary items. DIANE ESCOBAR is an agent with Coach REAL - TORS® who is committed to serving her community and helping animals. She do- nates a portion of the pro- ceeds from each sale to her customer's animal rescue organization of choice, con - tributing to over 10 animal shelters across Long Island. KALLI GONZALEZ , a busi- ness development manager for Fidelity National Title, competed in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's first- ever Man & Woman of the Year fundraising competi- tion. Over a 10-week pe- riod, she raised $115,546. Proceeds will fund research and provide treatment for patients with blood cancer. MARK HALL serves as president of Atlanta Com - munities Real Estate Brokerage and managing broker for the East Cobb/ Marietta office. A veteran of the Gulf War, he works with Toys for Tots each year and recently performed in a "Dancing With the Stars" charity fundraiser. MELISSA CASE , a sales professional with CENTURY 21 Doug Anderson in Lan- caster, Calif., is described by her peers as sincere, active and motivating. She is dedi- cated to giving back to her community and volunteers at Antelope Valley Hospital in the neonatal department. JOSH MCGRATH is broker/ owner of ERA Priority Real Estate in Gillette, Wyo., serving Northeast Wyoming. In June 2018, ERA Prior - ity Real Estate raised more than $9,000 for the Mus- cular Dystrophy Association (MDA), to benefit children with muscular dystrophy. 2019 NEWSMAKERS

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