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Posted by Teacher Staff on May 4th, 2022 3:04 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

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 FiveCalifornia CalPLUSColorado FirstStepIowa IFANevada NHD Home is PossibleOhio Your ChoiceTexas 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.


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Posted by Teacher Staff on January 25th, 2022 4:11 PM

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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Posted by Teacher Staff on October 5th, 2021 5:30 PM


Congratulations to Richard Mitchell and your sons, on your beautiful new home in Chicago!  Richard is an A/V Teacher for the Chicago Public School District, and was able to realize his dream of home ownership, using the Teacher Next Door Program. We wish you many years of happy memories in your new home.  Thank you for allowing us to be part of your journey.



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Posted by Teacher Staff on August 23rd, 2021 3:55 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

Congratulations to the Soper Family on your beautiful new lakefront, pool home in sunny South Florida!  

Thank you so much to Teacher / Officer Next Door Realtor® Sherri Purcell, for your help and for your years of dedication to this program, and commitment to helping others.   Shout out to TND / OND Program Specialist Rahmun Aung Khin, for the amazing job you do each and every day!

For more info on grants, down payment assistance and other programs through Teacher Next Door® and Officer Next Door®, please visit the official website at www.TeacherNextDoor.us


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Posted by Teacher Staff on August 1st, 2021 5:58 PM

Congratulations to Albert and Stephanie on your new home in California!  We wish you many happy new memories!  

Special thanks to TND Preferred Realtor Nancy Troxell Carnahan, and TND Program Specialist, Jesse Frankenfield.


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Posted by Teacher Staff on July 22nd, 2021 5:18 PM


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Excellent! 


Teacher Next Door Realtor: Nancy Troxell Carnahan
Teacher Next Door Loan Officer: Sean Baker


"Sean is an excellent communicator, friendly approach to answering any questions or concerns I had, I always felt my best interest was in mind and the efficiency wrapping up it was excellent. Thank you for making my dream come true.
Sunaina Sharma
West Lake Village, CA
Teacher Next Door Review 7/12/2021


Friendly and Helpful! 

Teacher Next Door Realtor: David Harrison
Teacher  Next Door Loan Officer: Ricardo Manzo


"Ricardo was very friendly and helpful throughout the entire process. I loved working with him." 
Martina Jackson 
New Orleans, LA
Teacher Next Door Review 7/12/2021


Phenomenal! 

Nurse Next Door Realtor: Kelly Urso
Nurse Next Door Loan Officer: Ricardo Manza

"Mr. Manzo and his team were phenomenal. I am nearly one year into living in my new home, and I continue to share my experience with friends, colleagues, and families. Since the process was my first home purchase, I depended on Mr. Manzo for every step. He would explain every detail to me, he would take the time to answer every single question I had. He would call me first thing in the morning and stay after hours when we were on the phone in the evenings. He made sure I had all my questions answered. Another member of Mr. Manzo's team was Jason Bastian. Mr. Bastian helped me with the details of paperwork and was also very patient with me. He helped me in every phase. I am so thankful that God blessed me with Mr. Manzo and his team. My experience was better than I could have expected. The process of home buying was emotional and having Mr. Manzo helped so much. Thank you.
Dr. Tracey 
Fairfield, CA
Nurse  Next Door Review 7/12/2021


Thank you! 

Nurse Next Door Realtor: Eze Amadi
Nurse Next Door Loan Officer: Danny Thompson


"Walked me through every step of the process and helped bring down my monthly payment." 
Anna Harris
New Carrollton, MD
Nurse Next Door Review 7/11/2021 



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Posted by Teacher Staff on July 12th, 2021 10:39 AM

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