GRAND BLANC — James Mirolli Broker/ CEO at Real Estate For A CAUSE has built an organization based on passion and community. The intersection of his two passions — real estate and giving back to the community — resulted in the grand opening of Real Estate For A CAUSE in April of 2019.
“REFAC agents as a whole are very giving,” Mirolli said. “Every person is passionate about something, and we attract Real Estate professionals who want to make an impact in the community. Our business model is centered around this concept that came to life in Real Estate For A CAUSE in which the real estate brokerage business supports local charities and nonprofits by donating a portion of real estate sales commissions from every real estate closing they facilitate.” To date, Mirolli and his team have made more than 450 individual donations totaling nearly $110,000.
The list of local organizations that have benefitted from the Real Estate For A CAUSE shared vision number in the dozens and range from well-known service clubs and agencies like Grand Blanc Parks and Recreation, Grand Blanc Little League, United Veterans of Michigan, and the Humane Society to lesser-known organizations like Colins Angels and Voices for Children.
Recommendations for organizations to receive donations come from Mirolli’s team of agents as well as from clients. “Each of our agents has two or three organizations they want to support. When we explain to clients what we’re about, they have ideas, too. We realized very quickly there are a lot of local organizations to support,” Mirolli explained. Real Estate For A CAUSE features a spotlight charity monthly and links their growing list of charity partners on a website created for that purpose at LiveLoveLocal.net.
Mirolli invites a different charity partner to their offices each month to educate and update his team about that organization. The Real Estate For A CAUSE team also volunteers their time doing hands-on work with their charity partners such as packing and loading holiday baskets for kids for Whaley Children’s Center or working fundraising events.
“Real Estate For A CAUSE has evolved into an organization where you can work at a job you love and work for what you are passionate about. Combining those two things makes work that much more gratifying,” Mirolli said.
“While our coverage areas expand throughout the state of Michigan, we are proud to announce our first Franchise and full-service location in Waterford Michigan. Darrell Hudiburgh is the Broker/ Owner of this location, and he has been with us from the start. Darrell’s passion and love of the community is embraced at the Waterford location, and he cannot wait to strengthen the community and make impact in Oakland county as well. We also recently opened Title Insurance Agency For A CAUSE where we provide title insurance services to our clients to help further impact the community,” said Mirolli.
“We are looking forward to our next big community give back milestone, $250,000, which we are hoping to achieve before the 5-year anniversary of Real Estate For A CAUSE,” Mirolli concluded.
— Wes Smith