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home with no hot water for three months because the plumbing companies that he had called to replace the hot water heater told him he would have to bring the entire house up to code in order to have the replacement heater installed,” Barney recalled. “His house was grandfathered, and the water heater was not a big enough replacement to trigger that compliance re- quirement, but the technicians who bid the job for the veteran either did not know that or didn't care. With the help of our local contacts, we bought him a hot water heater and had it installed in just a few days. That was when I realized what a unique position a charitable organization run by real estate professionals would be in when it came to meeting the needs of a community.” Chicago-based Rogers Park Builders Group (RPBG) demonstrates this unique and perfect fit as well. RPBG is a group of landlords who have been holding meetings since 1992 and have made it their personal

mission to make their neighborhood a safer, better place for both residents and real estate investors. RPBG has partnered with local Sullivan High School for several years, col- laborating on projects that saved the school from closing including the construction of a specialized teaching facility, a rehab of marching band equipment, and the estab- lishment of the nonprofit Friends of Sullivan. Through this partnership, the landlords have made meaningful contributions to the com- munity and been a positive force for local education and real estate investor outreach. YOUR COMMUNITY IS BIGGER THAN YOU THINK, AND YOUR REACH IS FARTHER THAN YOU KNOW “It is so important for every real estate investor to think carefully about how they can improve the industry and the bigger community because we are a relatable in-

dustry with a big perception problem,” said Aaron Norris, vice president of The Norris Group and an experienced expert in com- munity outreach, brand management, and nonprofit fundraising, such as the annual “I Survived Real Estate” event his company hosts to benefit organizations like Susan G. Komen, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, and the Make-a-Wish Foundation. “I do it partly because I’m tired of investors being seen as sharks,” he admitted. “When we show up for our communities and our in- dustry, we emerge. People see the beautiful work we do and that we’re very relatable. And, honestly, you never know where your next lead is going to come from, but if you are out in the community doing good things people will find you.” •

ROB BARNEY DHLC Investments, Inc.


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