Buy a Home, Help the Homeless
Tami Pardee, one of Los Angeles’ top real estate brokers, gives 10 percent of her net sales to the charities of her clients’ choice.
There are more than 13,500 real estate agents in the Los Angeles area, and it isn’t easy to stand out, but Tami Pardee of Pardee Properties has found a way to distinguish herself and help the needy in her community at the same time.
Pardee’s “Giving Back” program allocates 10 percent of net sales on each
property sold, to the charity of her client’s choice. In the past three years,
Pardee Properties has donated over $400,000 to local charities.
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Her company services L.A.’s West Side, including Venice, Santa Monica, Mar Vista, Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, Marina del Rey and Culver City, and most of the charities are local, including organizations like the Venice Family Clinic, Venice 2000 (which works with gang members), the Venice Library, the Ocean Park Community Corp. (OPCC) which helps homeless women, the Boys and Girls Club, Much Love animal adoption, and many, many others.
“People always say, ‘Someday I’ll give back,'” says Pardee, a 41-year-old mother of four. “But I say, why not do it now? It’s great for the Karma.”
Pardee has made a career out of helping others. After receiving her Masters degree in business from Loyola Marymount, she was involved in a program that built more than 500 units of affordable senior housing in developments all over Los Angeles.
“But when I started having children, I didn’t want to have to go to job sites at 6 a.m. after having been up all night with the kids,” she said, so she started her own business. For the past several years, she has consistently earned a place among the top five real estate brokers in Los Angeles. She is currently number two.
Her company has 17 employees, “all working together, instead of against each other,” she says. They have a commercial as well as a residential division, and have represented famous buildings like the Wolf House, the Old Brothers Rectory and the live/work space with the prominent mural on Abbot Kinney.
“I wanted to help build respect for the real estate industry,” she says of her generous way of doing business. “I consider myself more of an advisor than a broker. This new model works. I want to tell my colleagues, ‘Guys, we should all be giving back.’”