We had the good fortune of connecting with Lindsey McMorran and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lindsey, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
I wanted to create a business that would merge my real estate experience and my passion to give back into one. I’ve been in the real estate industry for over 20 years and ran my own nonprofit for almost 6. I knew that I could find a way to make both an impact and a living. That is how the Hope Homes Group was formed.
Hope Homes Group connects buyers and sellers to top producing realtors nationwide and donates 25% of our HHG commissions to 501c3 organizations.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
What if your real estate dreams could help keep another family in theirs? That was the idea behind the mission of our business. We know first hand what it feels like to need support as our daughter was diagnosed with a brain tumor at 14 months old. Our life as we knew it turned upside down immediately. But it also opened a door for me that I could never close again. A door to childhood cancer. I had no idea how many families childhood cancer affects and the financial stress it adds on top of it. I began to be connected to more and more families through social media. Every story is heartbreaking but what really got me was when I would check their fundraising pages. So many families were in desperate need of help. I knew I needed to do something. To use my voice to share our story and help those who we’re just entering into the world of childhood cancer. Within the first year of our journey we started a nonprofit where we provided financial support to help pay their household & medical expenses. It was amazing. Not only were we able to provide financial support but the community that was created with it was what we all needed.
Our nonprofit continued to grow and expand we were really making an impact. Then once again we got the call that stopped us in our tracks. We we’re once again back in the fight for our daughter. That is when everything changed. I needed to focus on my family, I could no longer work full time and run a nonprofit. We dissolved our nonprofit in August of 2019 and I took some time off.
I couldn’t sit back and not help others, it’s who I am. I’d always dreamt of merging my business and mission together and it was the perfect time to do it.
After working in the real estate industry for over 20 years in CA and in CO I’d had the opportunity to work with some the of the best Realtors. I’ve learned that to be a Top Producing Agent you work in a specific area and know it well. You provide great customer service and marketing to get your clients under contract and the more business you’ve done to better. I wanted to create a platform that would connect buyers and sellers to those Top Producers and make an impact while doing so.
Hope Homes Group does just that. We connect buyers and sellers to Top Producing agents nationwide and make a HUGE impact while doing so. We refer our clients to an agent in their desired area and donate 25% of our HHG commissions to 501c3 organizations upon closing. Most donations go directly through escrow which means it’s a tax benefit for the sellers.
It’s really a win, win, win.
Giving back is so important to me. Throughout our journey we’ve been able to assist over 60 families pay their mortgage and we’ve donated close to $15,000 in less than a year of launching Hope Homes Group. We have a goal of $50,000 in 2021 and I’d like to donate one million in my lifetime. Not all donations go towards childhood cancer. Hope Homes Group want’s to support our clients charity of choice. It’s been a really cool experience meeting and working with different foundations. There are so many people that are trying to do their part to make an impact and we are happy to help them do so.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Oh man, that is a tough one. Denver is such a cool city with so many fun things to do and eat. But, my heart is in the mountains and usually when we have friends and family come to visit that is where we end up. I grew up going to Estes Park over the summer and so much of it is still the same. We love hiking in the Rocky Mountain National Park and stopping for a well earned ice cream cone afterwards.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to dedicate this shoutout to my family. Together we have held each other tight through our journey with childhood cancer and worked together to always find ways to help other families in need.
Other: Together with our kids we are starting a new nonprofit called Hope an Horses to provide equine support to children & their siblings facing critical illness. This idea has been completely thought up by our daughter, Peyton. I am excited to see her want to give back and help other kids in need. You can follow her story at www.facebook.com/prayersforpeytonlane www.instagram.com/the_smiling_horse www.hopeandhorsesco.com