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Education Discount on Buying, Selling, Refinancing or Renting a Home.

Buying, Selling, Refinancing or Renting a Home

Many educators have asked us about discounts on purchasing, refinancing, renting or selling a home. We've done our research and discovered a number of programs that you may find helpful. You'll find them listed below in alphabetical order. If you're aware of other programs which should be added to our list, please contact us to let us know. And don't forget about discounts on Insurance, Utilities and other items for your Home.

California Housing Finance Agency (CalHFA): Through their Extra Credit Teacher Home Purchase Program, eligible teachers, administrators, classified employees and staff members working in county/continuation or high priority schools in California can receive loans ranging from $7,500 to $15,000 to apply toward down payment or closing costs.

Connecticut Housing Finance Authority (CHFA): CHFA has created the Teachers Mortgage Assistance Program, offering home loans at below-market interest rates to Connecticut public school and vocational-technical teachers.

Detroit Land Bank Authority: The Land Bank helps Detroit redevelop vacant and abandoned properties and has acquired tens of thousands of homes. A 50% Educator Discount Program is offered to all full-time educators and support staff within the City of Detroit who are interested in purchasing a home that's up for auction by the Land Bank.

Educator Mortgage Program: This program offers reduced closing costs, reduced real estate agent fees, priority loan processing, and a donation to the school program of your choice. Everyone employed within the education industry qualifies including teachers, professors, coaches, librarians, nurses, secretaries, custodial staff and other support personnel.

Equity Residential Apartments: Through their Hometown Heroes program, a 50% discount is made available to teachers and other service personnel on the security deposit of hundreds of quality and conveniently located apartment communities across the U.S.

Heroes Home Advantage: This real estate rebate program offers savings of up to $5,000 via cash back, credit and discounts on the purchase, sale or refinance of a home. Teachers are eligible, as well as military personnel, law enforcement, firefighters, and health care professionals.

Homes for Heroes: Homes for Heroes is a program that works with lenders, inspectors and title companies to offer discounts to educators, firefighters, military and other service personnel who are looking to purchase, rent, sell, or refinance a home.

Landed: A philanthropic initiative founded in 2015 by Dr. Priscilla Chan and her husband Mark Zuckerberg to assist educators in making down payments on houses.

Mississippi Housing Assistance for Teachers Program (HAT): In an effort to attract qualified teachers, Mississippi's HAT program provides closing cost grants of up to $6,000 -- available to licensed teachers agreeing to employment for a period of 3+ years in a school district where a critical shortage of teachers exists.

Nashville Teacher Housing: Nashville’s Office of Mayor recently launched this online initiative to help teachers find affordable third-party rentals and homes on the market. Teachers are encouraged to use the website as a tool to find housing at prices they can afford.

Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency (OHFA): OHFA has created a 4 Teachers program which provides low-interest home loans for Oklahoma educators. In addition, eligible borrowers may receive a grant for down payment.

Preferred Living Apartments: Educators looking to rent in the greater areas of Columbus, Dublin, Upper Arlington, Worthington and Reynoldsburg, Ohio get a one-time $300 discount at any of the Preferred Living rental communities.

Residential Home Funding Corp: Through their Mortgages for Champions home loan program, teachers are able to save from 2.00% to 3.00% and cut down the extra paperwork that often comes with other loan programs.

San Francisco Teacher Next Door Program (TND): The TND program provides forgivable down payment loans of up to $20,000 to assist teachers employed with the San Francisco Unified School District.

Schumacher Homes: Schumacher specializes in building custom homes in over a dozen states on the East and Gulf coasts. Teachers who are considering a custom-built home can receive a discount via their Community Champions program. Firefighters, nurses and members of the police or military also qualify.

South Carolina Housing Palmetto Heroes Program: South Carolina's certified teachers can take advantage of this initiative, which offers down payment assistance of up to $8,000 plus a low interest rate on home loans.

Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation (TSAHC): TSAHC's Homes for Texas Heroes program honors teachers for their service to Texas children and families by providing them with a low, fixed-rate home loan and a grant for down payment assistance.

Traton Homes: Building custom homes in the Atlanta, GA and Charlotte, SC areas, the Traton Homes company shows appreciation for local community heroes with their Community Champions program. This program is designed to provide a discount to school employees, active military, police and fire personnel.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD): HUD offers pre-K through 12th grade teachers a 50% discount off the list price of select homes through their Good Neighbor Next Door Sales Program. Law enforcement officers, firefighters, and emergency medical technicians are also eligible.

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