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Congratulations to first-time home owners Kayla and Damon, of Charlotte, North Carolina!  Thank you for the 5-star review!  We were excited to be part of your journey!

Kayla and Damon we able to take advantage of the Public Servant Next Door grants and benefits. Here is what they had to say about their experience with the program.


100% Recommend!


Public Servant Next Door Realtor: BJ McLean
Public Servant Next Door Loan Office: Alisa Manny

"From the day we first inquired, Alisa was always quick to get back with us and be sure we had all the information that was needed. If she didn't have answers to our questions, she immediately found out the answer and got back with us. She is extremely personable and easy to work with. As first-time home buyers, she made this process as easy as it could be and is on top of everything. Since this process was new to us, she always provided education and explanations for everything. I would 100% recommend Alisa to anyone who asked. She deserves beyond a 5-Star rating. We truly appreciate her customer service and patience. You can tell she is passionate about her job and cares about getting people in a home that they love and setting them up for financial success. Everyone who we worked with was great.”

Kayla DeMuth
Charlotte, NC




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Posted by Teacher Staff on October 27th, 2021 2:47 PM


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Attentive! 


Teacher Next Door Realtor: Selinda Dow
Teacher Next Door Loan Officer: Brian Cohrt


"Brian made my homebuying experience a wonderful one. From the beginning, he was attentive to my needs. He also made sure that I knew the latest information in regard to my loan. Brian is a very personable, honest person who had my best interest at heart. Any time I had questions or concerns, he was there to answer my questions and address my concerns. Brian is a great choice! I appreciate his dedication to helping me secure my first home! :) " 
Ebony Conyers
Sumpter, SC
Teacher Next Door Review 8/01/2021


Really Cares! 

Teacher Next Door Realtor: Paulette Carter
Teacher Next Door Loan Officer: Sean Baker


"Sean is really great!  He really cares about the people he works with. Throughout the process Sean responded quickly to any and all questions we had and made sure we understood what was going on-EVERY STEP OF THE WAY!
Kimberly Barfield
New Orleans, LA
Teacher Next Door Review 8/01/2021


Such a Pleasure! 


Teacher Next Door Realtor: Sherri Purcell
Teacher Next Door Loan Officer: Crystal Hoyt


"Working with Crystal and Sherri in my home buying process was such a pleasure. They not only understood my needs and wants but truly went above and beyond by helping me close my property in under 4 weeks of getting an offer accepted. Crystal kept me sane, listened to my concerns without passing any judgements and made me feel confident while deciding on options. I want to personally thank crystal and everyone for helping me make my dreams come true!!!
Bianca Harris
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Teacher Next Door Review 8/01/2021


Very Helpful! 

Teacher Next Door Realtor: Beatrice "BJ" McLean
Teacher Next Door Loan Officer: Steven Ehrlich


"Steven was very helpful throughout the whole process. He constantly kept us updated and informed on steps we should be doing, which is everything you’d want during the home buying process.
Thomas Nelson
Charlotte, NC
Teacher Next Door Review 08/01/2021


Awesome! 

Teacher Next Door Realtor: Swana Thomas
Teacher  Next Door Loan Officer: Brian Cohrt


"Brian was awesome. Always on top of everything. Very responsive and timely. He made things easy for me.
Tameeka Jones 
Brooklyn, NY
Teacher Next Door Review 7/31/2021


Thank You! 

Nurse Next Door Realtor: Brian Gentry
Nurse Next Door Loan Officer: Nick Fountotos

"Thanks so much for walking us through the process!
Jacob Beazer 
Orthello, WA
Nurse Next Door Review 7/30/2021


Very Knowledgeable! 

Nurse Next Door Realtor: Carlos Abelais
Nurse Next Door Loan Officer: Jacob Lavoto


"Jacob was very knowledgeable and genuinely wanted to help us with the home buying process." 
Jaymie Smoot
Tucson, AZ
Nurse Next Door Review 7/30/2021 



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Posted by Teacher Staff on August 1st, 2021 6:02 PM


First Time Home-Owner!


My whole experience was very positive. Jose was quick to respond to any questions I had and helped me understand every step in the process. As a first-time homeowner I was extremely glad that I got to work with the Teacher Next Door Program.
Caitlin Dauby
Granger, IN


Great Program!


Great program! Top-notch communication. Smooth process!
DeeDee Robinson
Orange Park, FL


Dream Come True!


Sean, Thank you so much for working with all the teams and making my dream come true to buy my own home. The whole process would not have occurred without you running interference and running with the ball. You are great and thank you again for all you did and it was a great pleasure working with you. Best regards
Clarine Usher
Metairie, LA


Every Step!


Brian was there every step of the way with both advice and reassure. We couldn't have asked for a better guide.
Donna Williford
West Columbia, SC


Fantastic!


Samantha was fantastic throughout the whole process. She was extremely knowledgeable and helpful, and remained in constant contact with me throughout., including evenings and weekends. I am certainly going to recommend her to anyone that I come across who is in the market for a mortgage. She and Danielle are the absolute best.
Christopher Pringle
Newark, NJ


First Time Home-Owner!


They walked us through the whole process which was great as I am a first-time buyer and had no clue what to do.
Rachel Wood
Mesa, AZ


A Breeze!


Hi, I just wanted to say working with Ryan and April was a breeze. They were very helpful, always willing to answer the phone calls of a nervous first time home buyer!
Gabrielle Pena
Miami, FL


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Posted by Teacher Staff on August 10th, 2020 12:02 PM


Absolutely Amazing!

 

"The team was absolutely amazing. I have never worked with a team of professionals that was supportive as with The Teacher Next Door Program. I always felt respected and treated with dignity from the first phone call to the last walk through. I was educated along the way and I was given choices in my process. This is important because I didn't feel pressured to just sign something or just say yes to anything. Sheff always made himself available to me. I really felt like I had a team working with me, with my interests first instead of feeling rushed or pressured to sign papers just to close another deal. I will always recommend The Teacher Next Door Program to any teacher. HUGS AND SHOUT OUTS TO SHEFF, APRIL, KYRA & anyone who had a helping hand in my process. Thank you all,

Pan Green
Uniondale, NY

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Excellent!

 

"Brian and him team were excellent!"

Jessica Ulmer
Spartanburg, AR

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Dream Maker!

 

"When I started the journey to buy a home, I did not have much faith that I would qualify for anything. I am a single mom, school teacher living on a budget, and didn't have any credit history. Samantha Wallace mentored me through the home buying process and gave me the confidence that I needed to keep moving forward in perusing my family's dream home. She advised me through every step necessary in order for me to qualify for an affordable option that met my needs. For an entire year she called me once a week and touched base; never rushing or giving up on me. Sometimes her phone calls were business oriented, sometimes she was offering advice, and sometimes she was just a friend offering me emotional support because the home buying process is stressful. I am so happy to announce that my family now owns our dream home. I feel like Samantha made it all happen. I will forever be grateful for her and all the things she has done for my family. Samantha Wallace is a dream maker!"

Wendi Pittman
Springdale, AR

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Extremely Knowledgeable!

 

"Jose was extremely knowledgeable and made the process so painless and easy to understand."

Mary Badgerow
Gainsville, FL

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Smooth!

 

"Smooth Transaction.  Very professional."

Juan
Dallas, TX

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Great Experience!

 

"Overall great experience!  Definitely made the home buying process easy."

Raven
Clarksville, TN

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Always Available!

 

"Samantha was great to work with. She was fast & efficient, In this fast paced market that we are in right now, it’s very important for me to be able to get a quick response. She was always available - even on the weekends. Although we were several states away, this process was seamless I look forward to working with Samantha in the future.

Esther Ligon
Detroit, MI


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Posted by Nurse Next Door Staff on February 10th, 2020 4:32 PM


Teacher Next Door’s stated mission is to increase home ownership, support community development and increase access to affordable housing, free from discrimination.  So why is home ownership so important?  The following research from multiple sources speak clearly to the importance of home ownership in America:

  • Children of homeowners are significantly more likely to stay in school until age 17 than children of renters, especially in low-income households, according to a study in the Journal of Urban Economics.
  • Children in home owning families outperform children in renting families in both math and reading achievement tests, even when other factors are the same. These children will have fewer behavioral problems, higher educational attainment and greater future earnings, according to a study by an Ohio State University economist.
  • The graduation rate for children of homeowners is 19 percent higher than for renters, and they are twice as likely to acquire some post secondary education, according to a study in a journal published by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
  • A 2014 study by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston of homes with a student about to enter college found that a modest increase in home value for homeowners led to an increase in the child’s earnings later in life, while an increase in a property’s value for renters led to a decrease in the child’s earnings.
  • “A safe, decent, affordable home is like a vaccine,” Dr. Megan Sandel of the Boston University School of Medicine testified to Congress in 2007. “It literally prevents disease. A safe home can prevent mental health and developmental problems, a decent home may prevent asthma or lead poisoning, and an affordable home can prevent stunted growth and unnecessary hospitalizations.

While it’s true that home ownership will not solve every problem, we are proud to do our part to help families across America realize their dream of becoming homeowners. 

Housing GRANTS and down payment assistance is currently available for teachers, school employees, nurses and healthcare workers, law enforcement, firefighters, government employees and military families.  For a complete list of available programs you may visit    www.teachernextdoor.us/Home.Buying.Programs.


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Research contributed by Garrett Helminski.


 

Posted by Teacher Staff on September 23rd, 2019 4:13 PM


Congratulations to Graciela Cruz on your lovely new home in Plant City, FL!  We wish you many years of happy new memories!  Thank you to TND Realtor Cheri Aumond McLean and TND Loan Officer / Program Specialist Mike Jones for your outstanding work!

Here's what Graciela had to say.  "Mr. Jones was professional, patient and kind when it came to explaining how the home buying process works.  This is my first time purchasing a home and he took care of every single detail for me.  Cheri, our Teacher Next Door Realtor, was as professional and friendly as he is."  MORE REVIEWS

Teacher Next Door currently has housing GRANTS available in all 50 states.  In addition, you may be eligible for down payment assistance up to $10,681.00.  For information on all available programs, please CLICK HERE.

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Posted by Teacher Staff on August 23rd, 2019 10:33 AM

Congratulations Kaleb and Becca George of Yuba City, CA on your beautiful new home! Thank you TND Realtor, Robert Walsh and TND Loan Officer, Rahmun Aung Khin and team for doing a great job and for giving back to your communities! For info on TND Grants, visit www.TeacherNextDoor.us.

Teacher Next Door currently has grants available up to $6,000.00 and down payment payment assistance up to $10,681.00.  This program is not just for first time buyers.  However, if you are a first time buyer, you may also qualify for the Teacher Next Door First Time Buyers Program.  

The Teacher Next Door Program is available in all 50 states.  To be eligible, you must be a teacher, nurse / healthcare professional, law enforcement, firefighter, EMT or government employee.  All support staff in these public service professions are also eligible.

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Posted by Teacher Staff on February 5th, 2019 9:48 AM

Congratulations Danielle and Paul!  We wish you a very Merry first Christmas and many more in your new home!  Also, thank you for the kind words in your online review! :)

REVIEW:

"I would give Sheff 10 stars if I could! Buying a home does not have to be stressful or scary and Sheff will take care of you every step of the way!  
We switched from a very well-known mortgage company to Sheff with the Teacher Next Door Program. I immediately felt at-ease on the phone talking to him.  He explained every step of the home buying process so I would understand everything I was doing. He made the whole thing so stress-free.  I felt like he was cheering us on the whole time and wanted what was best for us. Even with switching lenders halfway through the home buying process, Sheff and his team were able to get us to close on our house on the same date that the other lender had promised. Overall, Sheff and his whole team are amazing, and I would recommend them to anyone—especially first-time home buyers."

Danielle Sisson-Jones

Lynchburg, VA



Posted by Teacher Staff on December 17th, 2018 3:47 PM

Here are some new reviews of the Teacher Next Door National Home Buying Program.  For more information on this program - CLICK HERE

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Online reviews


Stress Free!

Teacher Next Door Realtor: Alison Rachiell
Teacher Next Door Loan Officer: Kendall Grady

"I can’t stress enough how smooth this process has been. Kendall, David, Alison, and all the other personnel were extremely professional, quick to respond to any questions, and just completely awesome. This experience has been absolutely stress free because of them."

Jana Erikson
Boulder City, NV

Above and Beyond!
Teacher Next Door Realtor: Jamie Peterson 
Teacher Next Door Loan Officer: Jennifer Edwards

"Jennifer and her team went above and beyond to make sure I got into my new home! I recommend them to anyone who wants a very personalized and wonderful experience in what can be a pretty stressful experience."

Jeni Gillespie
Clarksville, TN

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Extremely Thorough
Teacher Next Door Realtor: Donna Gidley
Teacher Next Door Loan Officer: Basem Jaber

"Basem and his whole team were incredible through this entire process! They explained every detail and were extremely thorough with what I needed to do to get into my dream house!
 

Macie McGeehan

West Creek, NJ

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Super Helpful!
Officer Next Door Realtor: Javin (Jay) Lopez 
Officer Next Door Loan Officer: Sheff Brisbin

"Sheff was always available to speak to and super helpful throughout the entire process of purchasing our first home. He was there to answer any questions that we had or any concerns. He made the first-time home buying experience a pleasant one. Everyone we came into contact with was super helpful in the process of purchasing our very first home! Thank you! 

Alicia Scheel
Orlando, FL

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 Attentive and Thorough

Teacher Next Door Realtor: Joanne Greenbaum
Teacher Next Door Loan Officer: Danielle O'Neil

"Attentive to the process and thorough explanation and follow up!" Top

Portia King
Phoenix, AZ
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Extremely Helpful!

Teacher Next Door Realtor: Jeff Rosa
Teacher Next Door Loan Officer: Brandon Childs

"Brandon was extremely helpful walking us through this process."

Travis Rosa
Cincinnati, OH

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Great to work with!

Teacher Next Door Realtor: 
Officer Next Door Loan Officer: Melissa Gutierrez

"Melissa Gutierrez and Caress Gray were great to work with."

Carla Hall
Edna, TX

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Great!  

Nurse Next Door Realtor: Bridgett Roberson
Nurse Next Door Loan Officer:  Jose Palomar

"Jose and his team were great! I have already recommended other people to the Teacher Next Door Program."

Brandon and Usha Fleming
Athens, GA

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Incredibly Helpful

Teacher Next Door Realtor: Mary Jane Coutz 
Teacher Next Door Loan Officer: Basem Jaber

"Basem, David and the rest of the team were incredibly helpful as we went through this process. Basem always answered my questions thoroughly and completely and was patient with me as we talked through options."

Megan Callahan 

Indianopolis, IN

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Little money out of pocket

Teacher Next Door Realtor: Petra Payne
Teacher Next Door Loan Officer: Melissa Gutierrez

"Got my home with little money out of pocket."

Carolyn 
Fort Worth, TX

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?Can't say enough...such a pleasure

Teacher Next Door Realtor: Sharon Caldwell
Teacher Next Door Loan Officer: David Butcher

"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."
Michelle Adkins
Scottsdale, AZ

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?Can't say enough...such a pleasure

Teacher Next Door Realtor: Sharon Caldwell
Teacher Next Door Loan Officer: David Butcher

"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."
Michelle Adkins
Scottsdale, AZ

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?Excellent support through home buying process

Teacher Next Door Realtor: Kimi Parker
Teacher Next Door Loan Officer: Danielle O'Neil

"Teacher Next Door Program was excellent in providing customer service and making the home buying process an easy experience. They were very helping through every step of the way!!"
Victor Tavarez
Charlotte, NC

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?Excellent support through home buying process

Teacher Next Door Realtor: Kimi Parker
Teacher Next Door Loan Officer: Danielle O'Neil

"Teacher Next Door Program was excellent in providing customer service and making the home buying process an easy experience. They were very helping through every step of the way!!"
Victor Tavarez
Charlotte, NC

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?Excellent support through home buying process

Teacher Next Door Realtor: Kimi Parker
Teacher Next Door Loan Officer: Danielle O'Neil

"Teacher Next Door Program was excellent in providing customer service and making the home buying process an easy experience. They were very helping through every step of the way!!"
Victor Tavarez
Charlotte, NC

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?Excellent support through home buying process

Teacher Next Door Realtor: Kimi Parker
Teacher Next Door Loan Officer: Danielle O'Neil

"Teacher Next Door Program was excellent in providing customer service and making the home buying process an easy experience. They were very helping through every step of the way!!"
Victor Tavarez
Charlotte, NC

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?In my own home!

Teacher Next Door Realtor: Derek Venema
Teacher Next Door Loan Officer: Sheff Brisbin

"My Teacher Next Door Team (Sheff, April, and everyone else :) ) made it possible for me to purchase my first home. They were with me every step of the way and were always available to answer my questions no matter what they were. The home buying process can be overwhelming but Sheff and his team made sure that I was an informed buyer. One of my biggest hurdles before finding out about this program was saving enough for a traditional down payment. The discounts provided and loan options I was given made it possible for me to achieve home ownership. I would recommend this program to all of my co-workers."
Jennifer Davidson
New Port Ritchie, FL

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?Basem was great!

Teacher Next Door Realtor: 
Teacher Next Door Loan Officer: Basem Jaber

"I divorced at 50 with two teenage daughters. I wanted to buy my own home rather than throw money away renting. I found Teacher Next Door online and thought that grants for teachers sounded pretty good to me. Basem talked me through the entire process. He was very patient and always responded quickly when I had questions. I recommend Teacher Next Door to all teachers!"
Wendi B.
Basehor, KS

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?Excellent support through home buying process

Teacher Next Door Realtor: Kimi Parker
Teacher Next Door Loan Officer: Danielle O'Neil

"Teacher Next Door Program was excellent in providing customer service and making the home buying process an easy experience. They were very helping through every step of the way!!"
Victor Tavarez
Charlotte, NC

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?In my own home!

Teacher Next Door Realtor: Derek Venema
Teacher Next Door Loan Officer: Sheff Brisbin

"My Teacher Next Door Team (Sheff, April, and everyone else :) ) made it possible for me to purchase my first home. They were with me every step of the way and were always available to answer my questions no matter what they were. The home buying process can be overwhelming but Sheff and his team made sure that I was an informed buyer. One of my biggest hurdles before finding out about this program was saving enough for a traditional down payment. The discounts provided and loan options I was given made it possible for me to achieve home ownership. I would recommend this program to all of my co-workers."
Jennifer Davidson
New Port Ritchie, FL

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?Basem was great!

Teacher Next Door Realtor: 
Teacher Next Door Loan Officer: Basem Jaber

"I divorced at 50 with two teenage daughters. I wanted to buy my own home rather than throw money away renting. I found Teacher Next Door online and thought that grants for teachers sounded pretty good to me. Basem talked me through the entire process. He was very patient and always responded quickly when I had questions. I recommend Teacher Next Door to all teachers!"
Wendi B.
Basehor, KS
Posted by Teacher Staff on December 17th, 2018 3:25 PM

Congratulations Amy and Justin of sunny St. Pete, FL!  We are so excited for you!  Enjoy your first Christmas in your new home!  Special thanks to Teacher Next Door Realtor Cheri Aumond-McLean and Teacher Next Door Loan Officer Sheff Brisbin for your excellent service!  For info on GRANTS, down payment assistance and other programs in your area visit www.teachernextdoor.us.





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