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Williamstown Real Estate Agency Donates Back 1%

Williamstown Real Estate Agency Harsch Associates

Giving Back to our Community

Harsch Associates|Williamstown MA| Charitable Donation Program

For all real estate listings placed with Harsch Associates and all purchase agreements signed with buyers, Harsch Associates Real Estate will donate 1% of Harsch Associates' brokerage fees to the clients' choice of a local charitable organization.  The charity must have a 501 status and be engaged in charitable work in the immediate community where the property is located. "We have added another reason for buyers and sellers to choose Harsch Associates Real Estate," stated Paul Harsch, president. "We have long supported worthy non-profit groups and organizations in our market area.   We are committed to our community and we are confident that our clients share this commitment to community.  The choice of where their donation will be sent allows our clients to choose how to share that commitment.   Each client will receive recognition for the donation made in their name.

Harsch will establish a working committee to select a number of area charities to receive the funds and also allow clients to direct the funds from their transaction to any other charitable organizations that fit basic guidelines which insure the receiving entity is directing the majority of its funds to benefit the residents of the market area where the property is located. "Our goal is to give back to the immediate community in which the buyer and seller are living" stated Margie Durning, the business manager for the firm who will be responsible for the accounting for the funds.

"We realize just how important giving is to receiving and when clients choose our firm, this is another way in which we can provide our support to the communities that support us" added Paul Harsch.

"I've lived here since 1972" said Carolyn Umlauf, one of the firm's senior associates "and I love this community. In this way, our company is helping those who depend on public and private support and which do such important good work within our community".

Harsch Associates was selected in '09 as the exclusive sales brokerage firm for the Cable Mills condominiums project to be located on Water Street in Williamstown. Not since the 1970's has a residential project of this size been created in the Northern Berkshires. Kevin White, sales associate at Harsch and Director of Sales for the Cable Mills project believes that the sale of condominiums within the next six months will form a significant portion of the contributions distributed in July 2010.  "The one percent donation program is a way to reinforce Cable Mills' commitment to our community," said Mr. White.

The gifting program is simple. When either a buyer or seller comes to Harsch Associates, they will select the charitable organization to which they wish the donation made. All donations for sales that are concluded within the new program's six-month period will be made in July 2010. Donations will be made at the end of the calendar year for sales that close during the second half of the year.

"We have devoted ourselves at Harsch Associates to creating what we believe to be an outstanding marketing platform with the goal of making the process of buying or selling real estate as efficient, beneficial and trouble free as possible for our clients.," said Mr. Harsch. "Not only do we strive to deliver outstanding service and results but we also can now provide each client with the added good feeling of knowing that a portion of the company's brokerage fees is automatically going to help the community in a concrete manner they personally can direct." Harsch Associates will be the first real estate agency in its market area to formally commit a fixed level of its brokerage fees to help those less fortunate.

For more information about this innovative program contact Paul Harsch at 413-458-5000

or write to Paul Harsch at Harsch Associates, 311 Main St., Williamstown, MA 01267.