How this 100+ year-old company has made Turkey Day better for 20+ years

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Turkeys for Tenants is a program where Watts Realty Co gives 10+ year tenants turkeys for Thanksgiving
Who wouldn’t love to get a Thanksgiving turkey from their landlord? Photo via Unsplash

By the time you’ve rented an apartment for more than a decade, you and your landlord should be pretty tight. Or at least that’s how Watts Realty feels. Since the early 1990s, they’ve been doing a thing called “Turkey for Tenants” as a way to express their thanks.

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Birmingham commercial real estate’s in the national spotlight thanks to these three guys

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Chip Watts and Tim Blair are both leaders in Birmingham's commercial real estate scene
Chip Watts & Tim Blair. Photo via Watts Realty

As we get ready to welcome the world in 2022 with The World Games, three Birmingham commercial real estate leaders are working to put our Magic City on the map. We spoke with Chip Watts, President of Watts Realty and President-elect of the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM), to learn more. 

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What did the 59/20 bridge project have to do with a gift of furniture to the YWCA? Find out here.

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YWCA Central Alabama furnishings donated by Johnson Brothers Corporation
Furnishings donated by Johnson Brothers Corporation to the YWCA. Photo via YWCA Central Alabama’s Facebook page

How are the complete redo of the 59/20 bridges through downtown Birmingham, a 114-year old real estate company and the YWCA of Central Alabama all connected? Turns out, all three came together in a way that means a lot of women and children who get housing through the YWCA will have a cozy and safe place to call home. Keep reading to find out more, and learn the role that Watts Realty played in making it happen.

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Several Birmingham property owners offering creative help to their tenants

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Ward Neely of Property Partners stands outside The Battery. Photo by Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

All around the country, small and local businesses are feeling pressure as their customers begin to self-isolate. In order to help out their tenants, several Birmingham property owners are offering waived or deferred rent (as well as other creative solutions) until this outbreak clears up.

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