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IBEW Member Credits Knowledgeable SIRVA Real Estate Agent for Helping His Family Buy and Sell Their Homes

Finding a new home with Union Plus made all the difference for this International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) family.


For IBEW Local 25 member Jared Crist, moving his wife, Allison, and two-year old daughter to a new house was important.

He wanted a bigger house for her to grow up in, as well as a better school district for her to attend. Buying a new house in Mount Sinai, NY, while also selling their current home, was quite a task though. That’s where participating SIRVA agent, Cathleen, stepped in.

“Everything she said happened,” Allison recalls. “She guided us through the process of purchasing our new house, and as soon as our offer was accepted she helped list our old home. She was knowledgeable, knew the area, and helped us get multiple offers within one week because she priced it well.”

Allison was paying her Union Plus Credit Card bill when she noticed other services from Union Plus offers. When going through those benefits, she noticed those that offered help with moving. 

“I saw the PODs discounts which I thought would be helpful, but then I noticed the SIRVA Real Estate Rewards program,” Allison said. There is no pressure from SIRVA; they set up multiple interviews with real estate agents and we got to interview them. If you don’t like the ones they set up, they’ll set up more interviews, no questions asked. That wasn’t the case for us, though. Cathleen was our first interview and we loved her,” Allison said.

After the Crist’s offer was accepted, they were speaking with the inspector of their new home.

“I called and they said we were eligible for the Union Plus Mortgage program because my husband was a union member,” Allison said.” We got [a] $500 gift card which was a great benefit with our mortgage.”

Now that the Crist’s are settled into their new house with the help of their SIRVA agent, they can enjoy spending time with their daughter.

“We’re excited we have a house like this for her to grow up in. We couldn’t have done it without Cathleen.”

The Union Plus Real Estate Program, powered by SIRVA1, offers $50 for every $10,000 in home value after closing when you use a Union Plus Real Estate Rewards agent to buy or sell a home. For example, if you purchase a $250,000 home, you would receive $1,250 back. Every SIRVA agent is pre-screened, with over 4,600 agents participating in the program.

To learn more about the Union Plus benefits offered to IBEW members, visit unionplus.org.

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