"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,
"Brian and him team were excellent!"
"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!"
"Jose was extremely knowledgeable and made the process so painless and easy to understand."
"Smooth Transaction. Very professional."
"Overall great experience! Definitely made the home buying process easy."
"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 LigonDetroit, MI
Help is here for nurses and healthcare workers buying a home!In the past 12 months, Nurse Next Door has helped over 20,000 nurses, healthcare workers and other public service professionals, navigate the home buying process. If you are a nurse or other professional working in the healthcare industry, you are eligible for the Nurse Next Door National Home Buying Program. There is no fee for using the program and the benefits are substantial.
Home Loans: For the mortgage loan, a Nurse Next Door Certified Program Specialist will discuss your individual situation and help you determine which home loan program will benefit you the most. All loan types are available in connection with the Nurse Next Door Program, including conventional, FHA, VA and USDA. In addition, you may qualify for special programs such as Fannie Mae’s HomeReady or Freddie Mac’s HomePossible or HomeOne programs.
Grants: Housing GRANTS up to $6,000.00 are currently available to nurses and healthcare employees. Depending on the area, these grants may include government grants and/or the Nurse Next Door Grant. Some of the state specific programs may include Arizona Home in Five, Georgia Dream, Florida First and others.
Down Payment Assistance: Nurse Next Door works with over thirty different down payment assistance programs, including national programs such as Chenoa and Unison. Currently, down payment assistance amounts may be up to $10,681.00, depending on your location and individual circumstance.
First Time Home Buyers: The Nurse Next Door Program is not limited to first time home buyers. However, nurses and healthcare employees who are first time home buyers may also benefit from Nurse Next Door’s First Time Home Buyers Program.
Other Benefits: Nurses and healthcare employees may purchase any home on the market through Nurse Next Door and there are no 3-year residency requirements. There are no application or up-front fees and the Simple Docs Program, available in most states, may reduce or eliminate the need for you to gather many of the verification documents typically associated with a mortgage loan.
For more information on the Nurse Next Door Program you may visit www.NurseNextDoorProgram.us or www.teachernextdoor.us/Nurse.
Nurse Next Door Realtor: Melissa Welker Nurse Next Door Loan Officer: Mike Jones
"Mike made the home buying process seem easy. He was always available when we had a question. We had an excellent experience."Cari ShoshSalem, OR____________________
Great to Work With!
Nurse Next Door Realtor: Mari Anderman Nurse Next Door Loan Officer: Sheff Brisbin
"Everyone was great to work with. Sheff, and Patty (in loan processing) were both very helpful."Kristy PreecsSan Tan Valley, AZ
Nurse Next Door Realtor: Nicholas Hughley Nurse Next Door Loan Officer: Bryant Grimmius
"Very responsive, resourceful, and reliable. Great experience!!"Lauren Bensen, RNKaty, TX
Nurse Next Door Realtor: Ashley DanielsNurse Next Door Loan Officer: Brandon Childs
"Brandon was great and took the time to explain things to me so that I was clear on the process. He never made me feel like I was asking too many questions and was very knowledgeable."Brittany CannadyCincinnati, OH
Nurse Next Door Realtor: Jose GonzalezNurse Next Door Loan Officer: Jose Palomar
"Jose and his team fulfilled every promise, met every expectation and gave us professional, honest, candid service. My family completed the process, home search to close, within six weeks. Jose and his team were always in our corner."Michael FittsMiami, FL
Nurse Next Door Realtor: Francia AlvarezNurse Next Door Loan Officer: Danielle O'Neil
"Excellent Experience!"Deborad Soto, CNMDavie, FL
Nurse Next Door Realtor: Bobby DeLa RosaNurse Next Door Loan Officer: Kendall Grady
"Kendall was awesome to work with. Did what he said he would and very responsive."Rebecca Cardwell, LVNSchertz, TX
I want to take a moment to thank you for helping us achieve our dreams of being home owners.
If you are a nurse or other professional working in the healthcare industry, you are eligible for the Nurse Next Door National Home Buying Program. There is no fee for using the program and the benefits are substantial.
How can a teacher with bad credit get approved for a mortgage to buy a home? As the largest National Home Buying Program in the U.S., it is a question we are asked every day. The honest answer is, it depends.
FICO scores between 500-580
FHA now allows loan approvals with FICO credit scores as low as 500. However, if your score is between 500 and 580, there are at least two important differences from the typical FHA loan: Down Payment: FHA requires all buyers with scores below 580 to put a minimum of 10% down. Whereas other loan programs may be as low as 0-3.5% down.
Hand-Underwriting: In addition to the larger down payment, with a score below 580, FHA will require that the application go through a process known as “hand-underwriting,” as opposed to the typical automated process. The underwriters will be looking for a specific hardship to explain the low credit score and will likely need a good “letter of explanation”
Compensating factors: During hand-underwriting, the underwriter will consider compensating factors, to get the loan approved for you. These may include things such as a long and stable employment history, high income, excellent rental history and high cash reserves. A low debt-to-income-ratio will also help. For example, 29/41. (29% or gross for PITI and 41% of gross total monthly debt.)
Teacher Next Door accepts all applications, regardless of credit score and our Preferred Lenders will work hard to get a loan approval for you. Many buyers with scores below 580 may find it necessary, or easier, to repair their credit prior to moving forward with a home purchase. Teacher Next Door’s Fresh Start Program could be a possible solution to help you raise your score.
FICO score of 580+
If your score is above 580, you should be able to get an FHA loan with only 3.5% down payment. You may also not need to go through the hand underwriting process, making it easier to get approved.
Grants and Down Payment Assistance for Teachers
All teachers and school employees are eligible for the Teacher Next Door GRANT, regardless of credit score. However, you would still need to qualify for the mortgage financing. With a credit score above 580, you may be eligible for down payment assistance. Teacher Next Door requires each of our three national Preferred Lenders to offer several different down payment assistance options. These DPA programs may include Home in Five Advantage, Georgia Dream, Florida First, Chenoa, Unison and several others. When you apply through the Teacher Next Door Program, a TND Program Specialist will contact you to go over the various options. A credit check is not required to complete the pre-application
If you have other Questions about the Teacher Next Door Program, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions section at
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