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2008-07-30 19:45:56

RealtyTouch Foundation Focuses on Local Housing Assistance

RealtyTouch, the charity program launched earlier this year by RealtyTrac™ (www.realtytrac.com), the nation’s leading online foreclosure marketplace, has completed successful campaigns benefitting two local Orange County charities so far in 2008.

In their first-ever charitable campaign, RealtyTrac employees collected more than 1,300 books in February to benefit the children at the Village of Hope located in Tustin, Calif., easily exceeding the original goal of collecting 1,000 books for the charity.
 
In April, the company followed up with a coin drive benefitting Families Forward located in Irvine, Calif. With an initial goal of raising $500, the campaign ended up netting $1,001.56 to be donated to the charity resulting from a combination of individual contributions and the proceeds from a pizza lunch sale.
 
“With the creation of RealtyTouch, the management team and employees of RealtyTrac have dedicated themselves to servicing needy families in Orange County by giving of their time — and through charitable contributions — in such a way as to make a real difference in the lives of others,” said James J. Saccacio, chief executive officer of RealtyTrac. “I feel it is essential for us as a company to give back to the greater Orange County community in which we reside and prosper. I am overwhelmed by the efforts of our people and the way they stepped up to the plate and delivered on behalf of these two charities. I look forward to the two remaining charity drives we have planned for this year.”
 
The RealtyTouch Charity Program
 
Founded in January 2008, the RealtyTouch Charity Program is dedicated to working with charities in the greater Orange County area that provide services relating to real estate or housing. The foundation’s steering committee has selected three local charities to benefit from its efforts in 2008, one campaign conducted during each quarter of the year. In addition to the Village of Hope and Families Forward, the committee has also selected Habitat for Humanity® of Orange County (www.habitatoc.org). Employee volunteers from RealtyTrac will be assisting on a local Habitat build later this year.
 
About the Village of Hope
 
Built on five acres of the former Tustin Marine Corps Air Base, the Village of Hope houses and feeds more than 190 homeless people, and is the only facility in Orange County that refuses to split up homeless families. In addition to housing, the 150,000 square-foot facility provides learning space, medical and dental clinics, state-of-the-art dining facilities, a chapel/auditorium, as well as classrooms for vocational training and counseling. You can find the Village of Hope on the Web at www.rescuemission.org.
 
About Families Forward
 
A non-profit organization, Families Forward was founded in 1984 by a group of dedicated community members working with the City of Irvine and The Irvine Company to provide housing and support to low-income and homeless families in crisis. In 2007, Families Forward assisted over 10,000 individuals through housing, counseling, food, referrals, school supplies, career coaching and other services. For further information, visit www.families-forward.org.
 
About RealtyTrac Inc.
 
Ranked as the third largest real estate site by MediaMetrix and No. 53 on Inc. magazine’s 2006 Inc. 500 list of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies, RealtyTrac Inc. (www.realtytrac.com), is the leading online marketplace for foreclosure properties, providing all the resources that home seekers, investors and real estate agents need to locate, evaluate and buy properties below market value.
 
Founded in 1996, RealtyTrac publishes the largest and most comprehensive national database of pre-foreclosure, foreclosure, For Sale By Owner, resale and new construction properties, with more than 1 million properties across the country, property reports, productivity tools and extensive professional resources. RealtyTrac hosts nearly 3 million unique visitors monthly and has been chosen to supply foreclosure data to MSN Real Estate, Yahoo! Real Estate and The Wall Street Journal’s Real Estate Journal. For more information, visit www.realtytrac.com.

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