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Realtor groups pitch in to assist wildfire victims, evacuees

Half a million people displaced by Southern California fires

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Realtor trade groups and individual members have worked to assist residents displaced by several major wildfires ripping across Southern California. Mike Mercurio, executive vice president for the San Diego Association of Realtors, said the group has been working with the San Diego mayor's office, the county, and an apartment association to quickly locate rental property for victims and other evacuees. Meanwhile, Mercurio himself was forced to evacuate his home and has been staying at a hotel. The group sent an e-mail to its 12,000 members this week asking for assistance in identifying available rental properties, Mercurio said. Also, the statewide California Association of Realtors trade group announced that it is offering grants of $1,000 to $5,000 for Realtor members and associated staff. And the statewide group seeks contributions to a disaster relief fund. To contribute to the fund, make checks payable to California Community Foundation and write "C.A.R. Disaster Relief Fund" on t...