Homes for Heroes is always proud to recognize the accomplishments of our real estate agents and lenders when it comes to helping our nations heroes, but these individuals have taken it to the next level.
Four real estate agents and three lenders have each helped more than 100 Heroes with their real estate needs, and each of them have given back to their local community Heroes. The savings received from these real estate professionals made the dream of home ownership more attainable for these heroes and their families.
Homes for Heroes is proud to announce that each of these individuals were inducted into the 100 Heroes Served Club for their outstanding achievement.
Real Estate Agent
Priority Realty, Victoria, TX
Caleb Shaw has been a proud member of Homes for Heroes for over 6 years. As a Homes for Heroes affiliate, he is able to bring the excellent benefits of the program to Victoria County Heroes. As a veteran, Caleb knows firsthand the sacrifices made by Heroes in all the different career fields.
Caleb has helped and given back to 133 Heroes since joining Homes for Heroes in 2009. When asked how receiving this award made him feel and what Homes for Heroes has meant to him over the years, Shaw said, “I’m Humbled. That’s 133 people that put their trust in me and 133 people that I was able to help because they gave me that opportunity. When you go in with your heart, open and honest, and you really put these heroes interests ahead of your own…to be able to take it to that next level, to help the very people that put their lives on the line and are willing to die for us. It’s just a circle of giving that never ends.”
Branch Manager / Loan Officer
Aspire Lending, Muskegon MI
Dave Lehner has been in the lending industry for over 20 years. He is passionate about working with local Heroes and enjoys being able to give back to those who have done so much for the community and our country. His focus is on educating and providing the best loan possible for his clients.
Dave has helped and given back to 143 Heroes since joining Homes for Heroes in 2010. When asked what Homes for Heroes has meant to him, Lehner said, “When I believe in something I do it whole-heartedly and I believe in Homes for Heroes. The fact that I’m able to give something back to these Heroes makes me feel great that I’m able to help them in this way. It has become our philosophy in business.”
Mortgage Loan Officer
North State Bank Mortgage, Hickory NC
Jamie Harrington is an experienced real estate investor, a licensed certified public accountant (CPA) in the state of North Carolina, and a licensed mortgage loan originator by the North Carolina Commissioner of Banks. She holds a degree in accounting from Lenoir Rhyne University in Hickory, NC, having graduated summa cum laude.
Jamie has helped and given back to 143 Heroes since joining Homes for Heroes in 2011. When asked why she joined Homes for Heroes and what this achievement means to her, Harrington responded, “I wanted something that set me apart, to identify me as someone different (in the mortgage industry). I found Homes for Heroes and saw that it was about giving back within your own community, and being of service to these folks…that mean so much to us. I knew it was the right fit for me. It makes me feel good to know that we’ve helped that many different families in some form or fashion. We offered something to them that someone else didn’t.”
Real Estate Agent
Keller Williams Realty Coastal Area Partners, Savannah GA
Lisa Scales began her career as a real estate agent in 2008. Since that time, she has helped countless military families buy and sell real estate throughout coastal Georgia. In 2012, her team united with Keller Williams Realty Coastal Area Partners. Her team’s goal is simple: Help people attain their dreams and our personal success will follow.
Lisa has helped and given back to 147 Heroes since joining Homes for Heroes in 2013. When asked what her favorite thing is about Homes for Heroes, Scales responded, “When they (the Heroes) are able to move into a home and you’re able to give them something back! Most of the time in our market our buyers don’t really have to bring much to the closing table. So to be able to offer them something in the way of additional savings, or an upgrade that they really wanted to get, is just wonderful.”
Real Estate Broker / Owner
Reality Realty Professionals LLC, Stafford VA
Sam Cachola is a former United States Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant. Passion, commitment, integrity and empowerment are the values he has used to build his business, Reality Realty Professionals. With a keen focus on evaluating each individual buyer’s life goals and unique situation, Cachola uses this information to gain a thorough understanding of a client’s true “Reality.”
Sam has helped and given back to 158 Heroes since joining Homes for Heroes in 2010. When asked what the program has meant to him, Cachola said, “(Homes for Heroes) was started from the heart and the purity in what we do is the real thank you. Embracing the service aspect of this profession and helping (heroes) beyond just buying a home, it truly shows them that we appreciate what they do. When you do it the right way for a community hero, the peace of mind that you bring to the hero is wonderful, but the ripple effect of your actions is what’s truly amazing to me. By getting them into a home and settled correctly (for them), that by default strengthens a community.”
Branch Sales Manager, Mortgage Consultant
Willamette Valley Guild Mortgage, Salem OR
Travis Newton is a mortgage lender with in-house processing, underwriting, doc drawing and funding. Guild Mortgage is a direct lender and Travis is proud to offer no lending overlays and he services the loans he closes. He has been in the finance profession for nearly 15 years and has enjoyed every minute of it!
Travis has helped and given back to 163 Heroes since joining Homes for Heroes in 2012. When asked how this major accomplishment made him feel, Newton said, “It’s pretty cool to have helped 163 heroes. I can go back and remember almost every one of them, and remember their faces, their stories and everything about them. I think that’s more special to me than just the numbers. It’s how many of them I remember working with, and to see the joy and excitement on the families faces when they are able to buy their home. It’s just huge.”
Real Estate Broker / CEO
Keller Williams Listing Specialist
All-Star Powerhouse @ KW, Patton Property Group, Asheville NC
Rowena Patton is a Luxury Division member and specializes in homes and land around the Asheville, Black Mountain, Weaverville North Carolina areas. She also hosts a FOX radio show, RealEstateNewsRadio.com.
Rowena has helped and given back to 177 Heroes since joining Homes for Heroes in 2011 making her the #1 Homes for Heroes real estate agent.
“These seven affiliates exemplify what it means to be a member of the Homes for Heroes program. It requires more than just helping Heroes with their real estate needs. It means getting involved in the community and helping Heroes with whatever they need. We couldn’t be more proud to have professionals of this caliber as a part of our team and representing the Heroes of their local communities.” says Ruth Johnson, Homes for Heroes CEO.
Congratulations to all of you! Job well done. Keep up the extraordinary work.
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