More than 120 Pima County high school students, including several from Marana, learned about financial literacy and home ownership this fall from members of the Tucson Association of Realtors’ housing opportunities committee.

The panel presents “From High School to Homeownership — The Four Key Financial Steps” each year.

It helps high school students “take a critical look at their future financial responsibilities and the process of purchasing or renting a home,” a release said. Students learn how their behavior with money and credit in their teen years can have long-term consequences regarding their ability to rent or buy a home in the future.

“These courses teach important life skills that every high school student needs,” said Tom Heath, chair of the housing opportunities committee. “These are skills they can take with them and apply in life.”

To join the spring 2011 program, schools may contact Christine Sanchez at 382-8776 or

Realtors group

raised $19,500

for Habitat

Members of the Tucson Association of Realtors raised $19,500 this year for Habitat for Humanity Tucson, according to a release.

Proceeds were raised through three fund-raisers hosted by the association’s housing opportunities committee.

Its second annual softball tournament, “At Bat for Habitat,” generated more than $5,000 with the participation of 20 companies in the real estate industry.

Eighty-six golfers hit the greens in October and raised $12,500 at the annual golf tournament fund-raiser.

The year concluded with a fund-raiser at Gaslight Theatre.

The association “has been proud to support Habitat for Humanity Tucson the past four years,” said Philip Tedesco, chief executive officer for the Tucson Association of Realtors. “Our fund-raisers are another example of the Realtor commitment to creating affordable housing opportunities in Tucson.”

The association plans to host the fundraisers again in 2011.

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