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Seattle Association Coordinating Japan Disaster Relief

April 1, 2011

The Seattle-King County Association of REALTORS®, the official NAR Ambassador Association to four nationwide real estate associations in Japan, is accepting donations online and by mail to The REALTORS® Environmental Council (TREC) for long-term relief projects in the country, including those devoted to temporary shelter and rebuilding following the March earthquakes and tsunami. Once qualified projects are identified, TREC will forward 100 percent of the donations to the relief projects.

For more, visit www.nwrealtor.com/associations/1563/files/JapanHelp.cfm.

Jason Watabe, a REALTOR® from Mercer Island, Wash., is the NAR President’s liaison to Japan’s four real estate associations, and is working with the Seattle-King County Association to develop additional support programs. “We cherish our business relations in Japan,” he said. “And we have to show our friendship by extending financial support in providing the victims food, water, heat, and shelter for tonight and tomorrow.”

NAR Urges Donations

“REALTORS® build communities here in the U.S., but we also have a role to play in the global community, as well. With that in mind, we want to express our heartfelt concern and support for the people of Japan during these trying times,” said NAR President Ron Phipps, in a Mar. 16 REALTOR® Magazine story.

In addition to the TREC fund, the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® identified four funds that it believes are well equipped to provide disaster-relief services: AmeriCares, Habitat for Humanity International, United States Fund for UNICEF, and World Vision.