HomeVestors®, the original "We Buy Ugly Houses®" company, presented $20,000 to Habitat for Humanity Greater Orlando & Osceola County in honor of Bernardo Mazzucco, an Orlando real estate investor who recently won "The Ugliest House Of The Year" contest. Highlighting the most incredible "befores" and "afters" from the nearly 10,000 houses the company's independently owned and operated franchises purchased in 2021, this year's contest was won by Mazzucco's first-ever HomeVestors makeover and included the donation to his local Habitat for Humanity.
"Like Habitat for Humanity, we work in communities nationwide to introduce homes to the market that help maintain an affordable housing supply for buyers," said David Hicks, CEO of HomeVestors. "We were honored to visit Habitat for Humanity Greater Orlando & Osceola County to present this donation alongside Bernardo, demonstrating our joint commitment to a world where everyone has a safe and affordable place to live."
"The Ugliest House Of The Year" was the first house Mazzucco bought as a HomeVestors franchise, and was voted the winner after a national public vote from among houses submitted by "We Buy Ugly Houses" franchisees nationwide. Mazzucco's project represents the best of the thousands of houses that were considered hopeless but will now be loved for years to come.
"This year, I did my best to do small things in a great way," said Mazzucco. "I was honored for my project to be recognized, especially since it brought the benefit of giving back to my own Orlando community. David and I had a wonderful time meeting with the team from Habitat for Humanity Greater Orlando & Osceola County to present our donation and touring one of Habitat's Orlando communities."
"Habitat for Humanity and HomeVestors have so much in common because we are both trying to improve our neighborhoods and communities," said Catherine Steck McManus, President & CEO of Habitat for Humanity Greater Orlando & Osceola County. "This generous gift and gifts like it truly increase the number of people we are able to serve with affordable housing."
About HomeVestors of America, Inc.
Dallas-based HomeVestors of America, Inc. is the largest professional house buying franchise in the U.S. with more than 125,000 houses bought since 1996. HomeVestors recruits, trains and supports its more than 1,150 independently owned and operated HomeVestors® franchisees that specialize in building businesses based on buying, rehabbing, selling, and holding residential properties. Most commonly known as the "We Buy Ugly Houses®" company, HomeVestors strives to make a positive impact in each of its 176 markets. The company ranked on the 2021 Inc. 5000, has appeared for 12 consecutive years on the prestigious Franchise Business Review's "Top Franchises", for nine years on the annual Dallas 100, and ranked 39th on the 2022 Franchise Times Fast & Serious. HomeVestors has also been regularly recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine, which most recently ranked it 16th "Top Growth Franchise", named it as one of the top 200 franchises of 2020, and placed it at number 36 on its annual Franchise 500. For more information, visit www.HomeVestors.com.
About Habitat for Humanity Greater Orlando & Osceola County
Driven by a vision that everyone deserves a safe, affordable place to live, Habitat for Humanity Greater Orlando & Osceola County builds and repairs homes and strengthens communities. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat Orlando & Osceola to build or improve places to call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Working together by donating, volunteering or becoming an advocate, everyone can help members of our community live in safe, affordable homes. Founded in 1986, Habitat Orlando & Osceola is one of Habitat for Humanity International's over 1,100 affiliates working in communities throughout the United States and in more than 70 countries. To learn more, visit HabitatOrlandoOsceola.org.