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Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is upon us, and though it hasn’t been the easiest time, we at Awaye Realty are finding so much to be grateful for.

It’s been three weeks since Hurricane Sandy, and we’re still reeling.

Like many of our fellow New Yorkers, the Awaye Realty family has seen our share of devastation. Many of us live in hard-hit areas like Sea Gate, Bensonhurst, Brighton Beach, Staten Island, and Mill Basin. We’ve seen the water rise, braved the darkness and the cold caused by electrical outages and broken boilers, and have had to pump water out of our basements. We’ve endured the gas lines and struggled with public transportation in the aftermath of the storm. Yet all in all, we feel very fortunate.

We have friends and family in Belle Harbor, Breezy Point, and New Dorp that were not as lucky. Thousands have seen their lives washed away with their homes. Our hearts go out to them.

As a Brooklyn Real Estate firm, we have been inundated with calls from people who have lost their homes and are trying to relocate. We have stepped up our inventory so that we can better assist our clients in these trying times.

Rentals are going fast, and many are getting frustrated by landlords’ reluctance to rent apartments for short-term leases. We are doing the best we can to help people in dire situations, and last week we had a visit from FEMA agents who informed us that the Federal Government is going to start offering landlords incentives to lease their units for shorter terms. We will keep you abreast of these developments as we become aware of them.

In the meanwhile, we encourage everyone to help in whatever way they can. We have compiled some links to volunteer and donation opportunities. If you are a victim of Hurricane Sandy, we’re providing links to services, as well.

Volunteer Opportunities:

http://www.nycservice.org/register

http://newyorkcares.org/volunteer/disaster/?gclid=CO-q0PWD0rMCFQYb6wodskMA3Q

http://www.ujafedny.org/hurricane-sandy-volunteer-opportunities/

https://statenisland.recovers.org/

http://nytm.org/blog/entry/12-01-2012/update-on-ny-tech-opportunities-to-help

http://interoccupy.net/occupysandy/

http://teamrubiconusa.org

Donate:

http://www.redcross.org/templates/render/render.jsp?pageId=11400031&scode=RSG00000E017&subcode=paiddonationsearch&gclid=COuDhfeE0rMCFYh66wod_msAwg

https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/disaster

Victims:

http://www.disasterassistance.gov

http://www.fema.gov/register.shtm

 http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Disaster-Assistance-and-Emergency-Relief-for-Individuals-and-Businesses-1

http://www.coned.com/customercentral/lawclaims.asp