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My success story is so profound I don’t know where to start. Me and my family were blessed to have such an optimistic and patient [Program Specialist]. DeAntae Rogers was nothing less than an angel in my home buying process. She worked tirelessly and relentlessly on my case and wasn’t going to stop until she was able to see me and my family’s dream come true…owning our first home. There is so much to say, so much I’ve learned and so much to be so grateful for. I wouldn’t have chosen a better person in the world to work with, me and my children so deeply appreciate all of DeAntae’s hard work and dedication as well as all of the people involved in my home buying process. Teacher Next Door: I hope you know how truly blessed you are to have DeAntae apart of your team, she is a winner and a beautiful person through and through. I will be sending her so many referrals! So hopefully she will be able to help many other people experience their dream come true as well. Thank you for this opportunity and experience!

Alaine West
Grand Junction, CO


If you would like to take advantage of the grants, down payment assistance and other programs available through Teacher Next Door, we would love to assist you and be part of your success story!


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Posted by Teacher Staff on April 18th, 2022 10:00 AM

Congratulations Melanie and Rodney, on your beautiful new home in Georgia! Thank you for the 5-star review! We were excited to be part of your journey!

Melanie teaches in the Chickamauga area, and was able to take advantage of the Teacher Next Door grants and benefits. Here is what they had to say about their experience with the program.


Great Experience!


Teacher Next Door Realtor: Angela Fowler
Teacher Next Door Loan Officer: Bryan Friedman

"Great to work with! Bryan continuously ensured our anxieties with the home-buying process were relived and guided us through every single step of the process. I was surprised and pleased with their quick response time and willingness to serve.”
Melanie and Rodney Jones
Chickamauga, GA




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Posted by Teacher Staff on March 19th, 2022 5:07 PM

Congratulations Brandon, on your beautiful new home in North Carolina!  Thank you for the 5-star review!  We were excited to be part of your journey!

Brandon teaches in the Kannapolis area, and was able to take advantage of the Teacher Next Door grants and benefits. Here is what he had to say about his experience with the program.


Amazing!


Teacher Next Door Realtor: Reymon Morgan
Teacher Next Door Loan Officer: Bryan Friedman

"Bryan was amazing! He helped me every step of the way throughout the process. I'm so glad that I'm able to purchase my 1st home.
Brandon Roddy
Kannapolis, NC




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Posted by Teacher Staff on March 18th, 2022 10:28 AM

Congratulations Julie, on your beautiful new home in Kansas!  Thank you for the 5-star review!  We were excited to be part of your journey!

Julie teaches in the Augusta area, and was able to take advantage of the Teacher Next Door grants and benefits. Here is what they had to say about their experience with the program.


Awesome Experience!


Teacher Next Door Realtor: Marcus Baysinger
Teacher Next Door Loan Officer: Paula Draper

"Awesome experience! As a teacher, I work long hours and cannot take phone calls or respond to emails until after school or later in the evening. Thank you, Paula, Heather, and Jake!”
Julie Reid
Augusta, KS




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Posted by Teacher Staff on March 2nd, 2022 3:30 PM


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Very Professional! 


Teacher Next Door Realtor: Leo Mongelli
Teacher Next Door Loan Officer: Patrick Warnholtz


"Ryan and Patrick were both very professional and easy to work with." 
Audrey Sun
Arcadia, CA
Teacher Next Door Review 2/16/2022


Great Experience! 

Public Servant Next Door Realtor: Brentney Moore-Kozuch
Public Servant Next Door Loan Officer: Steven Ehrlich


"Great experience. This was a smooth experience. Steven and his team were very helpful in finding everything I needed and more.
Rochelle McKenzie-Baily
Staunton, VA
Public Servant Next Door Review 2/16/2022


Excellent! 


Teacher Next Door Realtor: Jen Kostos
Teacher Next Door Loan Officer: Bryan Friedman


"My experience was great. My team was excellent, always had answers to my questions and were always available. Special thanks to Nic and Jake for returning my afterhours inquiries and making it happen.
Erika Vogtsberger
Medina, OH
Teacher Next Door Review 2/16/2022


Definitely Recommend! 

Officer Next Door Realtor: Michael Lopez
Officer Next Door Loan Officer: Steven Ehrlich


"I can’t say enough nice things about Brian and his team. They were always there to answer questions or to provide support. I will miss our Tuesday talks. They made the buying a house way less stressful. I would definitely recommend Brian to anyone who is thinking of buying a house!!
Tara Brown
Gwynn Oak, MD
Officer Next Door Review 2/16/2022


Major Blessing! 

Teacher Next Door Realtor: Nichole Hudson Andrews
Teacher Next Door Loan Officer: Brian Cohrt


"Brian Cohrt has by far been a major blessing and has really worked hard in helping me buy a home. Brian has made the whole process easier and was in constant communication, giving updates, and explaining everything so well. I definitely would love to work with him, if I was to buy another home in the future. Very happy and very thankful for Brian!" 
Shavar Nunes 
Philidelphia, PA
Teacher Next Door Review 2/15/2022


Amazing! 

Nurse Next Door Realtor: Marquis Malcom
Nurse Next Door Loan Officer: Alisa Manny

"Alisa was amazing and truly the best. I felt so protected, guiding and learned so much from her. I am grateful!
Monica Barajas 
Portland, OR
Nurse  Next Door Review 2/15/2022


Absolute Professionals! 

Nurse Next Door Realtor: Stacy Forbus
Nurse Next Door Loan Officer: Kendall Grady


"Kendall and his team worked with us every step of the way, coming up with creative solutions. Absolute professionals." 
Lata Randle
Tupelo, MS
Nurse Next Door Review 2/15/2021 



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Posted by Teacher Staff on February 16th, 2022 1:58 PM

Congratulations  Andrea and Peter, on your beautiful new home in Florida! Thank you for the 5-star review! We were excited to be part of your journey!

Andrea teaches in the Deltona area, and was able to take advantage of the Teacher Next Door grants and other benefits. Here is what they had to say about their experience with the program.


Tyler is the Best!


Teacher Next Door Realtor: Anthony Ballerino
Teacher Next Door Loan Officer: Tyler Fine

"Tyler is the best! He made our first home buying experience relatively easy and stress free!”
Andrea and Peter Steinborn
Deltona, FL




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Posted by Teacher Staff on February 16th, 2022 1:28 PM

Congratulations to the Garrett Family, on your beautiful new home in Florida! Thank you for the 5-star review! We were excited to be part of your journey!

Shay teaches in the Sanford area, and was able to take advantage of the Teacher Next Door grants and benefits. Here is what they had to say about their experience with the program.


Absolutely Amazing!


Teacher Next Door Realtor: Veronica Lewis
Teacher Next Door Loan Officer: Aubri Fallon

"Aubri is absolutely amazing!! She’s attentive, kind, and professional. I truly believe we would not have found our dream home without her. We cannot say enough wonderful things about Aubri!!”
Leah Garrett
Sanford, FL




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Posted by Teacher Staff on February 2nd, 2022 4:23 PM


7 Differences between Good Neighbor Next Door and Teacher Next Door 

Part of the Good Neighbor Next Door series

Over the past twelve months, we’ve seen a dramatic increase in home prices.  Wonderful news if you already own a home.  If you’re home shopping, on the other hand, the search could prove a bit more challenging.

While HUD’s Good Neighbor Next Door program offers an amazing opportunity to a fortunate few, we’ve found the Teacher Next Door Program to be more inclusive, less restrictive and provide substantial benefits to thousands of program participants each year.

Here are seven key differences between Good Neighbor Next Door and the Teacher Next Door Program.

 

1.  Half Price Homes (50% off value) – Only Good Neighbor Next Door homes are 50% off.

Although you may purchase any home on the market through Teacher Next Door, including a Good Neighbor home, the 50% discount only applies to the homes selected by HUD for the Good Neighbor Program.

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. Then, you may also use the Teacher Next Door Grant to help pay all or part of your closing cost.  

2.  Location – Only Good Neighbor Next Door homes are in specific areas. Through Teacher Next Door, you may purchase any home you wish, in the area of your choosing.

Good Neighbor homes are located in revitalization areas, as determined by HUD.  When HUD owns a home in these areas, typically through foreclosure, they may choose to make it available for the Good Neighbor Program.  

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

3.  Eligibility – Good Neighbor Next Door is limited to four very specific job titles; Teacher Next Door does not have that restriction.  Thus, is much more inclusive.

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 offers grants, down payment assistance and other benefits, and is available to all teachers, nurses, law enforcement, firefighters, EMT’s, government employees and military personnel.   In addition, these same benefits are extended to all public servants that serve in any of these categories, regardless of their job title or function.  For example, a school secretary, nursing assistant, or 911 dispatcher.   


4.  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 50 bidders, you will have a 1 in 50 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.    
 

5.  Housing Grants - Teacher Next Door 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.    

6.  Down Payment Assistance – Teacher Next Door offers down payment assistance.   Good Neighbor Next Door does not.

Teacher Next Door has down payment assistance programs available in all 50 states. These programs may include, Home in Five Advantage, CalPlus, Colorado FirstStep, Texas 5-Star Advantage, Military Heroes, First Home, Chenoa and Unison, just to name a few. When you apply, a Next Door Certified Program Specialist will help you determine which loan and assistance programs will help you receive the maximum benefits. Programs are each structured differently, and eligibility varies by city and state.
 

7.  Additional Restrictions - Good Neighbor Next Door adds the following restrictions, Teacher Next Door does not.

Residency Commitment - If you are the winning bidder on a Good Neighbor home, HUD requires a three-year residency commitment, and the home must be located in the same area where you work.  Teacher Next Door does not have any limitations when it comes to residency.

First Time Home Buyer Status - 
Good Neighbor Next Door requires you to be a first-time home buyer, Teacher Next Door does not. First time home buyer typically means having not owned a home in the past three years.  While Teacher Next Door does not have this requirement, some of the down payment assistance programs may have this limitation.

Please keep in mind that bidding on Good Neighbor homes is only open for 7 days, and all bids must contain a pre-approval

To learn more and check current availability of Good Neighbor Next Door homes, you may click the Good Neighbor Next Door link below.


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Posted by Teacher Staff on January 26th, 2022 4:31 PM

Congratulations to Amber and Cara, on your beautiful new home in Iowa!  Thank you for the 5-star review! We were excited to be part of your journey!

Cara teaches in the Des Moines area, and was able to take advantage of the Teacher Next Door grants and benefits.  Here is what they had to say about their experience with the program.


Success!


Teacher Next Door Realtor: Christopher Coffman
Teacher Next Door Loan Officer: Colleen McQueen

"Colleen couldn't have been any better if she tried. Truly made our home-buying process successful. I appreciate everything she did for us! I would recommend her to anyone.”
Amber and Cara Hennessy
Des Moines, IA




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Posted by Teacher Staff on January 19th, 2022 3:40 PM


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Excellent Experience! 


Teacher Next Door Realtor: Lelbert Lewis Fagan
Teacher Next Door Loan Officer: Nicolaas Van Der Kaaij


"Working with Nicolaas and Teacher Next Door program has been an excellent experience for my first time buying a home. They paired me with an excellent real estate agent, who help me find the perfect home. Nicolaas and the team answered all my questions and help me along the way. Thank you to all that was involved in the process." 
Berachah Scott
Mamphis, TN
Teacher Next Door Review 1/19/2022


Smooth! 

Teacher Next Door Realtor: Travis Pottinger
Teacher Next Door Loan Officer: Felicia Wilson


"Everything went smoothly, had no issues whatsoever and the people in charge of my account were always very helpful.
Diego Gastelum-Castillo
Nogales, AZ
Teacher Next Door Review 1/19/2022


Dynamic Duo! 


Teacher Next Door Realtor: Trevin Prince
Teacher Next Door Loan Officer: Will Preecs


"WILL PREECS! His support from the beginning of this process was ALWAYS professional & prompt (even with the time difference). The resources and support he extended not only got me into my FIRST home, but also provided me with the knowledge I needed I as first-time home buyer. I am truly grateful for the experience I shared with the team (Will & Danielle specifically; Dynamic Duo)! When I am ready for my “forever home” I pray I am able to experience this level of quality service if I’m unable to do it again with Will & Danielle. Thank you both soooo very much for everything!
Tijisha Richardson
Washington, DC
Teacher Next Door Review 1/19/2022


Amazing, Genuine! 

Nurse Next Door Realtor: Wayne Sellers
Nurse Next Door Loan Officer: Tyler Fine


"Tyler was amazing, genuine, professional and so very supportive. This was my first time purchasing and he made sure that as a client I felt important, my needs were met and was transparent every step of the way.
Fatima Neely
Newark, NJ
Nurse Next Door Review 1/19/2022


Encouraging! 

Teacher Next Door Realtor: George Lacobelli
Teacher  Next Door Loan Officer: Jacob Lovato


"Always willing to answer any of my questions, was very informative, and so encouraging during the whole process. I’m so happy that Jacob was the person to help me through such a big step in my life." 
Leilani Taylor 
Hasbrouck Heights, NJ
Teacher Next Door Review 1/17/2022


Understanding and Kind! 

Nurse Next Door Realtor: Michele McMahan
Nurse Next Door Loan Officer: Tatum McKissack

"Tatum and her team were on top of everything from day one. I was in communication with her or her assistant, Joshua, almost daily. I also had a few moments of nervousness throughout the process and Tatum was always very understanding and kind as she talked me through the process. I always felt calmer after talking with her. She was always available, as was Joshua, and I appreciated all of their hard work getting me and my family into our new home!
Stacey Crow 
Ridgecrest, CA
Nurse Next Door Review 1/16/2022


The BEST! 

Teacher Next Door Realtor: Arial Sasser
Teacher Next Door Loan Officer: Laura Rodriguez


"Laura Rodriguez and her team were the best. I bought my family home after my dad passed away. I used the "Teacher Next Door" program as I was desperate to keep the home, but low on funds at the time. Laura stuck with me even when the house was put on hold for eighteen months due to slow moving (Covid) probate. I finally just closed and was surprised with a last-minute chance to lock my rate at lower than expected. Laura is very knowledgeable and helped me navigate several challenges. Her team also got creative and helped keep my closing costs and down payment to a bare minimum. In fact, I had no out of pocket expenses when it finally came to closing as I also received my portion from probate upon closing. They helped me navigate something known as "gift of equity" which was also a tremendous help. Laura's team cut my expenses wherever they could, and they recommended a great insurance company and title company while also getting me discounts through the Teacher Next Door program." 
Bud Osborn
Riddle, OR
Teacher Next Door Review 1/15/2022 



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