Homes for Heroes mission has always been to Thank Every Hero in the Nation. After the tragedy of 9/11, Founder and CEO Ruth Johnson wanted a way to give back to our nation’s heroes for all they do for our community and country. So, Ruth sold her brokerage and started Homes for Heroes. Read More “Homes for Heroes Celebrates 20 Years of Service With Purpose”
Firefighter and paramedic Jason Cortez passed away on October 7, 2020 while conducting a training exercise with the San Francisco Fire Department. Jason had spent the last 13 years serving his community. The Homes for Heroes Foundation and Tunnel to Towers wanted to honor his service through his family. Read More “Homes for Heroes Foundation Partners with Tunnel to Towers to Honor Fallen Firefighter”
Plumbing is an issue that unfortunately is usually caught after it’s too late, especially in a new home when you have no idea what has found its way down the drain. It can also present itself in several different ways. Toilets, showers/bathtubs, and dishwashers, are just some of the ways plumbing can present a problem in your home. They also can have completely different fixes. Read More “Open House: Home Repair 101 – Plumbing”
In order for your home to be comfortable, efficient, and save you money, you need to understand the systems in your home. I’m not talking about a sound system or gaming system, but the inner workings of your home. The plumbing, electrical, HVAC components of your house. If you understand how your home works, you can prevent costly repairs, keep your home in good working condition, and can potentially sell your home without making any major repairs. In the next few Open Houses, I’ll be exploring common home systems that are typically expensive to repair, but are necessary for good home health. This week, I’ll be tackling your HVAC system. Read More “Open House: Home Repair 101 – HVAC”
As part of their Circle of Giving, the Homes for Heroes Foundation has awarded a $10,000 grant to the Million Dollar Teacher Project operating in Arizona.
The Million Dollar Teacher Project was founded five years ago by Executive Director Lloyd Hopkins. Hopkins has spent 18 years in education, from working with youth offenders, after school recreation programs, and drop out prevention. Read More “Million Dollar Teacher Project is Latest Recipient of Foundation Grant”
You might have heard of a homeowners association from a relative, coworker or friend. And your experience with a homeowners association is probably highly negative or highly positive, depending on your acquaintance’s experience. So, what exactly is this polarizing component of different communities? In this Open House, we’ll dive deep into what a homeowners association is and if they’re the right fit for you. Read More “Open House: Guide to Homeowners Associations”
Buying a home for the first time is exciting, but also expensive. While historically people saved 20% for their down payment, you can still get a great home and good mortgage with less, thanks to first time home buying programs for teachers. Between grants, national funding, and different types of loans, there are home buying programs specifically for teachers to help with down payment costs.
If you’re buying or selling a house, you’re probably going to use the services and expertise of a real estate agent. Having someone on your side making some of the biggest decisions of your life can be a life saver. But do you know what you should be asking them before and during the process? Read More “Open House: 7 Questions to Ask Your Real Estate Agent”
If you have spent this summer looking to take the first or next steps in homeownership, you are well aware of how challenging it can be. The lack of houses for sale compared to the large number of home buyers has made for quite the competitive real estate market. Perhaps you have been a witness to the crazy bidding wars that have drive home purchase prices above asking prices. All these factors combined create a misperception that now is not a good time to buy a new house. Read More “Market Trends: Buying a New House”
Interest rates are at all time lows, I’m sure you’ve heard. But what exactly is an interest rate? Why does it matter if they’re low? How can you get an interest rate even lower? In this edition of Open House, I’ll address all these common questions and more as you prepare to buy or refinance a home. Read More “Open House: Guide to Interest Rates”