Recent surveys in both the United States and Europe have found that real estate agents are among the least-respected professionals, based in part on their perceived lack of ethics.
But a number of real estate agents in California are working hard to erase those negative stereotypes by helping local seniors.
As reported recently in the San Jose Mercury News, members of the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors have been volunteering for about 10 years with their association’s Realtor Service Volunteer Program (RSVP), which has real estate professionals assist local seniors with household errands and chores.
Some of the tasks include changing light bulbs, vacuuming floors, washing windows, and changing furnace filters.
“The seniors ask for so little and are so appreciative of the help we can give them,” real estate agent Eileen Giorgi told the newspaper.
Giorgi said that for seniors who are still living at home, completing daily tasks can be often be too difficult to accomplish, and larger projects in the house can be even harder. One 82 year-old senior was quoted by the newspaper as expressing his appreciation.