Teacher Next Door Blog

1. Half Price Homes (50% off value) - Only HUD’s Good Neighbor Next Door program offers homes at 50% of the current appraised value.  If there is a Good Neighbor Next Door home available in your work area, and you meet the other eligibility requirements, you may be able to purchase the home for only $100.00 down, using an FHA loan and you may use the Teacher Next Door GRANT to help pay all or part of your closing cost.  

2. Housing Grants - Teacher Next Door is the National Home Buying Program that offers participants the opportunity to receive GRANTS and other home buying benefits. 

Good Neighbor Next Door is not a grant program and HUD does not offer grants for single family home buyers.    

3. Down Payment Assistance - Teacher Next Door has down payment assistance programs available on any home purchase, in all 50 states.  These programs include, Home in Five Advantage, Home Plus, Georgia Dream, Golden State Platinum, Florida First, Military Heroes, First Home, Chenoa and Unison, just to name a few.  Your Teacher Next Door representative is trained in all the various programs and will explain your eligibility.  Programs are each structured differently and eligibility varies by city and state. 

Good Neighbor Next Door offers no down payment assistance, outside of the $100.00 down plan on the Good Neighbor homes.   

4. Eligibility - The Good Neighbor Next Door program requires that all buyers have one of four very specific job titles: Law Enforcement Officer (with arrest powers), Classroom Teacher (Pre-K through 12th grade), Firefighter or Emergency Medical Technician. (EMT) The Teacher Next Door Program, on the other hand, is much more inclusive.  Teacher Next Door provides GRANTS, down payment assistance and other benefits to all teachers, law enforcement, firefighters and EMT’s, but also includes all their support staff.  In addition, Teacher Next Door extends these benefits to Nurses, other medical professionals, government employees and Military personnel.  If you are an eligible public service professional, you may use Teacher Next Door benefits to purchase any home on the market, not just Good Neighbor homes or other HUD homes.   For a complete list of eligible professions, CLICK HERE.

5. Location – Good Neighbor Next Door homes are all HUD owned and located in revitalization areas, chosen by HUD.  To bid on a Good Neighbor home, you must work in the same area where the home is located.

Since Teacher Next Door is a national home buying program and not operated by HUD, you may purchase any home on the market and are not required to work in the same area as the home.    

6. Availability – Good Neighbor Next Door homes are extremely limited in their availability, as you might imagine, being half price.  In some states, there are urban areas with several Good Neighbor homes available.  Whereas, many other states may have zero Good Neighbor homes at any given time.  When you bid on a Good Neighbor home, it is a lottery style bid.  So, if there are 20 bidders, you will have a 1 in 20 chance of having the winning bid. 

With Teacher Next Door, there are usually plenty of homes available, because you may choose any home, in any neighborhood.    

7. Residency Commitment - If you are the winning bidder on a Good Neighbor Next Door home, HUD requires a three-year residency commitment.                   

Teacher Next Door does not have any limitations when it comes to residency.

To check Good Neighbor Next Door availability, visit www.teachernextdoor.us/GoodNeighborNextDoor.HOME

To check Grant and down payment assistance availability, visit  www.teachernextdoor.us/Grants

For more information on the Teacher Next Door home buying program, or HUD’s Good Neighbor Next Door, please visit www.teachernextdoor.us.  




Posted by Teacher Staff on February 10th, 2018 4:05 PM

This week, Teacher Next Door, the nation’s largest home buying program for teachers, held a three-day, down payment assistance summit in Tempe, Arizona, aimed at increasing the amount of assistance provided to teachers.

“Our focus this week was expanding our national matrix to be more inclusive and offer larger assistance amounts and benefit more program participants,” said Steve Parks, Teacher Next Door National Director.  “We now have over 30 different down payment assistance programs nationwide, that can be used in conjunction with our closing cost grant.”

Teacher Next Door already helps teachers in all 50 states navigate the home buying process, provides closing cost grants and arranges down payment assistance for qualified applicants.  Now, by increasing the number of programs they utilize and dialing in the specific requirement of each plan, they have no less than three potential down payment assistance sources for any area.  The down payment assistance programs include Georgia Dream, Home in Five Advantage, Home Plus, Chenoa and Unison, just to name a few.

“Despite rising home prices, I feel teachers and other service professionals should be able to live wherever they want, not just in certain neighborhoods.  Between our grants and the down payment assistance programs we utilize, teachers and their families enjoy far more buying power when they go to choose their next home,” Parks continued.  Through the Teacher Next Door program, you may purchase any home on the market.

This is not the first time Teacher Next Door has demonstrated their desire to help and strengthen communities.  In 2015 the program was expanded to include law enforcement officers, firefighters, EMT’s and nurses.

To check grant availability, visit the official website www.teachernextdoor.us/grant

Posted by Teacher Staff on January 27th, 2018 1:03 PM

Get you FREE credit repair consultation today!  Teacher Next Door's Fresh Start Credit Repair Program is now provided by Cake Credit Repair.  CCR is an independent. third party organization and one of the top credit repair companies in the U.S.  Through the Fresh Start Program, CCR has helped thousands of families in all 50 states

All teachers, educational staff, nurses, police and law enforcement, firefighters, EMT's , military and Government employees are eligible for a free credit consultation.  When you fill out the free consultation form, a Credit Repair Specialist from CCR will contact you within one to three business days to review your situation.  Then, if  you are a candidate for credit repair and successfully register with CCR, they will help you obtain all 3 of your credit reports from Trans Union, Equifax and Experian, with your credit scores.  You will be assigned a personal credit specialist who will work directly with you to come up with a game plan to help you raise your credit scores and get you back on the road towards home ownership.  If applicable, any credit repair fees or credit report charges would be paid directly to CCR or the credit bureaus and never to Teacher Next Door. 

To schedule your free consultation CLICK HERE

Posted by Teacher Staff on January 13th, 2018 4:08 PM

Housing grants are currently available for nurses and other medical professionals through the Nurse Next Door Program.  Nurse Next Door is administered by the National Home Buying Program, Teacher Next Door

Through Nurse Next Door / Teacher Next Door, nurses and medical staff are eligible for closing cost assistance grants ranging from$1,000.00 to $6,000.00.  In addition to the closing cost grant, program participants may also be eligible for one of several different down payment assistance grants offered by various agencies.

For example, Teresa Gilkey, a nurse from Tucson, Arizona used Nurse Next Door to receive a total of $14,709.00 in grant funds for closing cost and down payment assistance, with the Down payment portion funded by the “Home Plus” program and arranged by Teacher Next Door’s preferred mortgage lender.

Along with the Teacher Next Door / Nurse Next Door Grants and Home Plus, we also work with many other grant programs from coast to coast.  Some of the grant programs may include Arizona Home in Five, Chenoa, SHIP and many others. 

Because Teacher Next Door / Nurse Next Door program in not a government agency, you may purchase any home on the market, not just HUD homes or homes in certain neighborhoods.  The many different government grant programs we work with, may have certain income and other restrictions and vary in different states. 

To see how much you qualify for, simply complete the pre-application at www.teachernextdoor.us , and a mortgage and program specialist will reach out to you, to help you get pre-approved for your mortgage and let you know what assistance programs are available to you.  Once you have your pre-approval, a Teacher Next Door / Nurse Next Door Realtor® will contact you so you can go shopping.

The Teacher Next Door National Home Buying Program helps arrange the mortgage, Realtor, Grants and other assistance and helps the following public service professionals: teachers and all school personnel (instructional and non-instructional), Nurses, EMT’s and medical staff, law enforcement and support staff, firefighters and support staff, military and government employees.  In most states, Teacher Next Door Realtors® contribute a portion of their commission towards the buyers closing cost grant.

If you have questions about Teacher Next Door / Nurse Next Door, please email info@teachernextdoor.us.









Posted by Teacher Staff on December 23rd, 2017 2:24 PM

To LaShonda Mack, Thank you for taking time out of your busy day to send us this heartfelt thank you email.  It means a lot to us!  Congratulations on your new home!     

To Albie Anderman, April Lichfield and Suzette Hernandez of Teacher Next Door:

Hi gang! I wanted to let you know that I am so thankful for having the opportunity to have had you all in my corner. You made the process of buying a new home, a cake walk.
To April,

for getting me started on what turned out to be a fairly painless journey.

Your patience with me during it all was impeccable. As you all probably learned really quick, I am sooo not technology savvy! So

for not cursing me...

Maybe what I should be focusing on next is updating my technology skills!  Nevertheless, you guys were AWESOME!
And finally Albie, where do I begin...from day one, you assured me that you would be there whenever I needed you. You were always available to answer any of my silly questions. You also reminded me that no question was silly, especially for someone that had never purchased a home before! You took the worry out of every step & for that I will be forever grateful to you

So just in case no one has ever told you guys before, you  are

Teachers Next Door is a WONDERFUL program & I'm glad to say I've shared an unforgettable experience with such an outstanding group of devoted, nurturing & passionate individuals.

& finally,

LaShonda Mack
New Homeowner
Sent from my iPhone

Posted in:Buyer Reviews and tagged: Buyer ReviewThank You
Posted by Teacher Staff on May 31st, 2017 1:49 PM
Congratulations to Zach Witter of Salt Lake City, UT on your new home!
Thanks to Teacher Next Door Preferred Realtor Natalie Sanchez.

Zach and Natalie

Aaron is the man
zachwitter from 84120
  • Aaron helped me with my mortgage through the Teacher Next Door program. It was a very smooth process. Aaron worked fast and hard and got the loan done super quickly with a nice interest rate. My favorite part about working with Aaron was his responsiveness. If I had a question, he was always available to contact through email, text, calling etc. and always got back to me super quickly... even after hours. He was positive and also kept me informed of every step of the process. I would definitely work with Aaron again when I buy my next house. I'm grateful that I had him on my team.

    Loan StatusClosed Apr 2017Closed Apr 2017

    Loan TypePurchase

    Close on timeYes

    Interest RateLower than expected

    Fees/Closing costsLower than expected

    • 30 year fixed
    • FHA Loan
    • First-time home buyer

Posted in:Zillow Reviews and tagged: Zillow Reviews
Posted by Teacher Staff on April 29th, 2017 1:10 PM
If you are a nurse or other medical professional, including office staff, and have not owned a home in the past three years, you are eligible to participate in Teacher Next Door's First Time Buyer Program.

Here's what you can expect as a first time buyer:

  • NO application fees.
  • Easy application process and up-front pre-approval.
  • Lowest down payment options available for first time home buyers.
  • Work with a Loan Officer who specializes in first time home buyers.
  • Work directly with a Teacher Next Door Agent Partner in your community who's received special training.
  • Eligible to receive Teacher Next Door closing cost grants.
For more information on the First Time Home Buyers Program for Nurses, please visit www.teachernextdoor.us/First-Time-Home-Buyer-Program-Nurses-and-Medical-Professionals
Posted by Teacher Staff on February 3rd, 2017 6:24 PM
Congratulations Shelby!
"I had such a wonderful experience working with the Teacher Next Door program. I am a first time home buyer and was not quite sure what the entire home buying process entailed. The folks at TND helped me every step of the way. They guided me through each step, partnered me with a reliable and knowledgeable Realtor, answered any questions I had along the way, were very organized and professional, and overall made sure I was happy and informed in my home buying process. I am much more knowledgeable about buying a home and feel confident that all of my ducks are in a row for my first place. It was truly a blessing to have people to help me through this process that I would not have been able to do or afford on my own."

Shelby Morgan
Henderson, NV
Posted by Teacher Staff on February 3rd, 2017 6:16 PM
Teacher Next Door's First Time Home Buyers Program helps teachers and other qualified public service professionals and their families achieve their dream of home ownership.  This first time home buyers program is available in all 50 states and offers a wide range of special benefits and programs, including the Teacher Next Door Grant.  To get more information, visit the official Teacher Next Door website, first time home buyers section at www.teachernextdoor.us/First-Time-Home-Buyer-Program.
Posted by Teacher Staff on February 3rd, 2017 6:09 PM
Congratulations to the Mendola family in sunny Plant City, FL!  We wish you and your family years of happiness in your new home. 

Words will not express our thanks Sheff.

We thank you and your team for helping us with the purchase of our dream house."

Kindest regards


Posted by Teacher Staff on February 3rd, 2017 5:57 PM

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