Most recent reviews of the Teacher Next Door National Home Buying Program:
Teacher Next Door Realtor: Maureen Frederick
Teacher Next Door Loan Officer: Scott McRae
"Scott did an excellent job walking through each phase of the home-buying process. He gets to know you and your needs which helped put us at ease throughout the beginning phase of home buying. As a first-time buyer, there were lots of questions on our end and Scott did a great job answering everything in a way that made you feel like you were making the best decision. He was easily reachable by text, phone, and email and would even take late calls when things changed or came up. After we closed on our home, Scott congratulated us and had us look forward to some mail. It turned out to be a beautiful cutting board outlined as our state with our home coordinates, most definitely a result of all the cooking plans we've talked about throughout our phone calls.”Andrea Syukur
Public Servant Next Door Realtor: Carlos Albelais
Public Servant Next Door Loan Officer: Laura Owens
"Laura Owens worked tirelessly to help my husband and I to purchase our dream family home. As first time home buyers, Laura helped us to understand all the steps to home ownership. Laura is hardworking, efficient, kind, honest, and professional. We can't recommend working with her highly enough!”Alexandra Love
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A question we often hear is, "Who qualifies for the Teacher Next Door Program®?" The Teacher Next Door Program® was designed to increase home ownership among teachers and other school employees, support community development and increase access to affordable housing, free from discrimination. It was also designed to be much more inclusive and impose far fewer restrictions, than HUD's Good Neighbor Next Door Program. (Which only includes classroom teachers, police, fireman and EMT's.) Teacher Next Door® currently has grants and down payment assistance available for ALL teachers and school employees. All teachers and school employees includes, but is not limited to, school bus drivers, media specialists, district office staff, district IT professionals, and more. The above list is just an example of those who qualify. You may purchase ANY home on the market through Teacher Next Door®, not just HUD homes. In order to see how much you qualify for, simply click apply now and complete the short pre-application. Your personal financial information is not collected on the pre-app and there is NO CREDIT CHECK. Next Door Programs® is the administrator of several programs, including Teacher Next Door. For a full list of programs available, CLICK HERE.
Next Door Programs® is the largest National Home Buying Program in the United States. Grants and down payment assistance are available for teachers, nurses, law enforcement, firefighters, government employees and the military.
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Congratulations to the Oppenheim Family, on your beautiful new home in California! Thank you for the 5-star review! We were excited to be part of your journey!
Jessica teaches in the Walnut Creek 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.
Teacher Next Door Realtor: Pam Volkman
Teacher Next Door Loan Officer: Bryan Friedman
"Bryan was Amazing! I had tried many different paths to get my first home, all leading me down frustrating and disappointing dead ends. By everything changed once I began working with Bryan, I made an offer on the very first place I saw once I was connected with him, and it became my dream home!!! This was mostly due to all the tireless, behind the scenes work in that Bryan and the Teacher Next Door Team did for me. I was very anxious throughout the whole process. Luckily, Bryan’s calm energy and voice of reason kept me sane. He was always available to answer my questions. And patiently took time to explain each step in detail. I felt total trust in him and knew that he had my best interest at heart. Boy did it pay off. Now I’m a first time homeowner and I couldn’t be more thrilled. Thank you, Bryan!”Jessica Oppenheim Walnut Creek, CA
Congratulations to the Hippolyte Family, on your beautiful new home in Florida! Thank you for the 5-star review! We were excited to be part of your journey!
James and Lisaena were 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.
Teacher Next Door Realtor: Millie Doyle
Teacher Next Door Loan Officer: Paige Lott
"If not for the help of Paige, Heather and the rest of the staff, we would have still been looking for a place to call home. We are so grateful for taking our calls, answering our emails and encouraging us throughout this process. Thank you!”James Hippolyte Altamonte Springs, FL
It's Teacher Appreciation Week for the 2021-2022 school year! We would like to thank all of the amazing teachers for all your hard work and dedication throughout the year! Thank you teachers, school staff and all educators!
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.
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
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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Teacher Next Door and Next Door Program Grant Amounts for 2022 -
With home prices rising, and in keeping with increased Federal loan limits, ($420,000 FHA, $647,200 Conventional) Teacher Next Door has announced that grant amounts have increased for 2022. This applies to all of the Next Door Programs, including Teacher Next Door, Nurse Next Door, Officer Next Door, Firefighter Next Door, Public Servant Next Door and Soldier Next Door.
In most states, for example, grant amounts have risen from $4,170.00 to $6,472.00. In higher priced states, such as California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Texas, Utah and Washington, grant amounts have been increased to $8,000.00. Grant amounts may vary based upon where the home is located, the buyer’s individual credit, income, and other factors. Additionally, buyers may be eligible for down payment assistance up to $10,681.00.
Available in all fifty states and DC, Teacher Next Door is the largest national home buying program in the United States, with access over thirty-five different grant and down payment assistance programs. Through the program, you may be able to qualify for a state-specific government program, such as Arizona Home in Five, California CalPLUS, Colorado FirstStep, Iowa IFA, Nevada NHD Home is Possible, Ohio Your Choice, Texas 5-Star Advantage or Utah UHC. Teacher Next Door also utilizes national programs, such as Chenoa Fund, Home Ready and others. 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.
According to HUD Housing Secretary Marcia Fudge, “A good home shapes nearly every part of our lives.” “I couldn’t agree more.” Says Teacher Next Door National Director, Steve Parks. “This organization has been my life’s work and passion for more than a decade. It is our mission to increase home ownership among teachers and other public servants, support community development and increase access to affordable housing, free from discrimination. As home prices continue to rise, I feel this program is more needed than ever, and I know these benefits mean a lot to the communities we serve.”
In the past twelve months, Teacher Next Door and Next Door Programs have helped over 50,000 applicants. To get more information on the program, read buyer reviews, or to apply, you may visit the official program website at www.TeacherNextDoor.us.
Congratulations Kendra and family on your beautiful new home in Florida! Thank you for being a Teacher! We are happy to be part of your journey.
Grants and down payment assistance are available through the Teacher Next Door Program.
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