CONCORD, Calif. – October 21, 2014 Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, the Bay Area’s leading real estate services company, has been named the winner of Habitat for Humanity’s 2014 Build It Challenge, honoring the company’s local volunteer efforts for the community organization.

The Build It Challenge is an annual competition where corporate partners compete to increase their volunteer participation for Habitat for Humanity in the Bay Area. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage agents, managers and staff won the competition after volunteering 600 hours between April and July, six times the goal set by the company.

The Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage team worked on a wide variety of projects ranging from new home construction to renovation of existing homes, as well as volunteering their time in Habitat retail stores. This was just the latest honor for the company, which has given back to the local community through Habitat and other organizations for many years.

“We are thankful to Coldwell Banker for supporting Habitat for Humanity in the Bay Area for close to 20 years through financial contributions and employee volunteerism,” said Daryl Lee, corporate development officer for Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley. “Surpassing their volunteer goals through this year’s Build It Challenge highlights their commitment to affordable housing and Habitat for Humanity’s mission.

Mike James, president of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, said the company is proud to receive the special honor from Habitat for Humanity. He added that the company’s support of Habitat is part of Coldwell Banker’s ongoing philanthropic commitment to help those less fortunate in the local community.

“Our agents, managers and staff believe deeply in the mission of Habitat – that everyone deserves a chance at the American Dream of homeownership,” he said. “Our work with Habitat and other community organizations allows the Coldwell Banker team to make a real difference in the lives of those who need our help, to truly give back to the communities we serve.”

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Community Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Bay Area’s largest real estate services company, recently raised more than $95,000 for Habitat for Humanity in Northern California during the company’s annual fundraising campaign.

The donations were the result of a month-long community-wide raffle held throughout Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s 57 Northern California offices.  Entitled “Homes and Hope,” this was the company’s 16th annual fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity, the non-profit organization that helps low-income families build their own homes.

Over the past 15 years, the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Community Foundation has raised more than $2.5 million for Habitat for Humanity chapters in Northern California.  The Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage team has also volunteered more 50,000 hours and participated in the construction of nearly 200 Habitat for Humanity homes.

About Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage:

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage is the largest residential real estate brokerage in Northern California and serves the markets from Monterey to Tahoe and nearly every market in between.  The company has 57 office locations and more than 3,600 sales associates throughout Northern California.  Last year the company handled 13.5% of all dollar volume sold in Northern California, more than double its nearest competitor.  Through its internationally renowned Coldwell Banker Previews® program, Coldwell Banker leads the luxury home market in Northern California, representing more than 22% of all dollar volume sold of properties over $1 million.  A subsidiary of Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY), NRT operates Realogy’s company-owned real estate brokerage offices. For more information please visit or call 925.771.5285. BRE #01908304.