"Not all hope is lost for teachers looking for home-buying assistance." "Teacher Next Door connects educators to a wide variety of grants and housing programs, including Good Neighbor Next Door."
"Housing in this program isn't limited to federally designated revitalization areas and there are no residency requirements."
What Teacher Next Door
Buyers are saying...
From letters and Teacher Next Door on-line reviews:
To Teacher Next Door and James Ward (ENG)
“Home is where your story begins.” My story began on Thursday, February 25, 2016! With the help of the Teacher Next Door Program and James Ward (with ENG) my dream of purchasing my first home became a reality! Throughout the entire process from beginning to end James was a tremendous help to making the process run smoothly. James always made sure I fully understood everything."
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Ashley D. Clinch
To Teacher Next Door - Steve Parks and Albie Anderman (People's Mortgage)
Good afternoon Albie, April, & Lacy,
We just wanted to take a brief moment to thank each of you for your time and efforts to help make our dream come true of purchasing our new home. We couldn't have been more impressed and thrilled with the work each of you carried out on our behalf. We appreciated your willingness to answer any of our questions and to be reachable at the various hours of the day to put our minds at ease during times of stress. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Thank you for the email and for sending along the picture of us in front of the new home. We'll definitely have that one framed and put somewhere in the house to keep as a memory sake.
In addition to that, we simply cannot thank you enough for all that you did for us over the last couple months! At the drop of a hate, you were there to help answer any of our questions and to put our minds at ease at what could have been a very stressful time.
Ross & Shellie Jeske
To Teacher Next Door (Shannon Gaccione, Realtor and Russ Black, Loan Officer)
I started a magical adventure with the Teacher Next Door (TND) program on a random Sunday night in September 2015. With in a few days, I had started to talk to Russ at People's Mortgage Company. He asked me very specific questions so that we could both make a plan for what I could handle financially and informed me about the TND program. By October, I had a TND realtor who took a chance on me and was amazingly, incredibly supportive throughout my first home purchase. As a first time home buyer, Shannon talked me through the pros and cons of houses I had viewed and willingly explained legal jargon. She was always available to answer my (thousands of) questions and did what she could to alleviate my stress. When I officially closed on my home (which I absolutely love!) in December 2015, Shannon was my first visitor and enjoyed a fun beverage with me in my new kitchen.
I am thankful that I stumbled upon the TND program. I had the ability to choose a home in an area where I wanted to live. As a speech therapist working long hours in the public school system, this program provided fantastic assistance monetarily by assisting with closing costs and working with my hectic schedule. In the future, I will definitely use TND when I relocate to a bigger home to meet my family's needs and will definitely ask Shannon to be my realtor again.
Las Vegas, NV
_____________________Thank you Teacher Next Door!
The Morgan Family - San Diego, CA The Peterson Family - Hemet, CA
Congrats to Natala Justin of Margate, FL!
To Teacher Next Door and James Ward (ENG)
"My fiance and I are living in our dream house thanks to James Ward. Working with James was fantastic from start to finish. We were first time home buyers and James was wonderful with explaining everything from the very first step of the mortgage process up through the day we closed.. He gave us in-depth explanations of all our loan options and the pros and cons of each, helping us make the best decisions at every step of the process. James worked tirelessly, sometimes emailing us documents at 9 PM so we could have everything signed and processed ASAP. James helped me solve an old tax situation that could have delayed and even prevented closing on our house. He worked with a Realtor we knew and trusted and as part of the Teacher Next Door program, got her to donate part of her commission to help with closing costs. We did not expect such a smooth, effortless home buying experience and we are so thankful we got to work with James Ward.
James Leitch and Laura Ramos
To Teacher Next Door and James Ward (ENG)
“This letter is one of gratitude and appreciation for James Ward, Sr. Loan Officer. James was tremendous in the service he provided when I applied for a loan for a house under the “Teacher Next Door Program”. He walked me through the process and immediately responded to all questions and concerns that came up. James made sure the entire process flowed accurately and smoothly.
“Thank You” James, I really appreciate your efforts in assisting me with all details from putting me in touch with a knowledgeable Teacher Next Door Realtor (Steve Belinky) to the settlement on a property that I’m very satisfied with.
Teacher Next Door Agent Natalie Sanchez
Salt Lake City, UT
Sabrina and Aman Makaju
Salt Lake City, UT
_____________________To Teacher Next Door and James Ward (ENG)
"James and his team were with us every step of the way. (They) did a lot of the heavy lifting and we simply provided them with any information they needed. This process did not consume our lives. We knew what the closing cost would be from the very start and we were not running around to get papers signed and to meet with different people. We were able to trust the team and the process as we were updated every step of the way. I could not thank the team enough for their guidance and hard work." Saundra Coaxum
To Teacher Next Door, (Maria Hickman, Mortgage Broker, Kathryn Fizpatrick Realtor)
"This was my first time working with Maria and the Teacher Next Door program. The first time I called her my intent was to leave her a message and she answered the phone, in the evening! Not many Mortgage Brokers do that so it showed me right away she was going to be amazing. She explained the program and was on time with everything. Very easy transaction." (From Verizon Reviews)
Nanci Starkweather Caflisch
To Teacher Next Door,
I want to take a moment to thank you for helping us achieve our dreams of being home owners.
Ron, Thank you for helping us with our credit. You were very honest and helpful,
Lynn, Thanks for your patience with Bill. He was very annoying and you were very professional and always there to answer his questions and concerns.
Sharon, Thanks for making sure we had all the paperwork and everything that was needed to have the closing on the day scheduled.
Steve, Thank you so much for looking out for our best interest. You helped us find the right loan and made sure we were satisfied with the service you provided us.
You have an excellent group of people in your office who are very professional and friendly. I will recommend you to all of our family and friends.
Again, thank you. We are very happy in our new home."
Hello All, (Sharon Caldwell, Albie Anderman of Peoples Mtg. and team)
"We are sending you our true, sincere thanks for helping us through this process of buying our home for our family. All of you are the best of the best and have made this such an enjoyable experience. We are so grateful for each and every one of you and your time and support. We will definitely refer all of you to our family and friends. Thank you, thank you, thank you! "
To Teacher Next Door,
"Thanks just doesn't seem like enough. We greatly appreciate all the work you did in helping us get this house. We wanted to thank you sooner but the time flew by us. We love the house and thank you so much again."
God Bless,_______________________Joe, (Joe Bryant)
The Savannarath Family,
"John and I can't possibly thank you enough for all you have done! What a kind and thoughtful person you are! The kids wanted me to thank you for their treats too. I hope we can keep in touch. Once again, thank you for everything."
Bill and Betty Buckner
Plant City, FL
To Teacher Next Door, (David Butcher of Peoples Mtg, Robin Fagundes and team)
"Awesome!!! So helpful! The program is amazing. It's nice that you guys are there helping teachers. The staff of Teacher Next Door program really do care and do whatever it takes to get you in your new home. They explain in detail the program and guide you through it. They are very clear and helpful. David gives you options on types of loans offered. This was my first home and I am very satisfied."
To Teacher Next Door, (Albie Anderman of Peoples Mtg, Roger Kappel and team)
"Albie was a great help and walked me through the process very patiently. He worked quickly and helped me work out any bumps along the road. I highly recommend Albie and his team, they were great!
Roger was a great help. He was easy to work with and I felt like he truly had my best interests as a buyer in mind. he really worked hard to make sure the property met our needs, and went the extra mile when necessary!
The program offers some great benefits. My representative worked hard to make sure I benefited from the program. I would highly recommend it to anyone. The program helped me to purchase a home and in a timely manner!"
Lindy GrosvenorOcala, FL
To Teacher Next Door, (David Butcher of Peoples Mtg., Sharon Caldwell)
"Can’t say enough...such a pleasure working with David. He kept us informed and walked us through the whole process.
WE LOVE LOVE LOVE our Realtor. She is a true professional. Her patience and perseverance got us through this process, keeping us sane! I would highly recommend her to anyone. We are so thankful you provide this service for teachers."
To Teacher Next Door, (Cheri Aumond-McLean, Albie Anderman of Peoples Mtg.)"Our loan officer (and the entire loan team) went above and beyond to help us with the closing. We were under some tight time constraints and I know they spent hours working to ensure we were well taken care of and helped prevent disaster!
Our Realtor was knowledgeable and insightful. She worked hard to protect our best interests, and anticipated many disasters that we were able to prevent because she was so proactive. She was patient with us, explaining how the behind the scenes processes worked and coaching us to how to make smart decisions. She never gave up and stuck with us through over 6 months of work to get the short sale of our dreams in the neighborhood of our dreams.
I was very happy with the support provided by Teacher Next Door. As a teacher in the 8th largest school district in the nation, I try to share information about the program as much as I can because I truly believe Teacher Next Door is working to help teachers enjoy a better quality of life through finding the perfect home. I was very appreciative of the financial support available."
Hello David, (David Butcher of Peoples Mtg., Lacy Wilson)
"I did not see any survey icon to go to in order to complete a satisfaction survey, so I will provide a brief anecdotal statement in regards to my experience with your services. When I reflect upon my experience with your services, I deem it a Godsend. From the very beginning, I was so satisfied with how you pre-qualified me for a home, found me a great Realtor, and quickly accommodated me when I requested approval for a larger loan than originally desired. You and my Realtor were so patient, for I did take 3 or 4 months to find the home that I wanted. I live in an area with a limited market for my price range. It took a while, but I found the right home and was so fortunate when the owner accepted my offer. My accepted offer was approximately 25k below the appraised value. It all came together. Lacy Wilson was so helpful with me and patient when it came to filling out and explaining all the necessary information needed to complete the purchase of my home.
I do highly recommend your program and services to anyone seeking to purchase a home. Thank you for helping me move on with my life and securing a wonderful home."
To Teacher Next Door, (James Ward, ENG and team)Linda Dickerson
"I have been a teacher for 18 years and have wanted to buy a house for a long time. I contacted the Teacher Next Door program this past Spring and James Ward was assigned to be my Loan Officer. I knew absolutely nothing about the home buying process, but James patiently walked me through every step, right up to closing. I would highly recommend James Ward to anyone who wants to be a homeowner. The process can be long, frustrating and sometimes scary, that is why it was great to have James there to help me. I learned many things about buying a home because of James Ward who is very detailed in his explanations of everything. Thanks to James Ward and the TND program, I was able to buy my first home in July."