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Welcome Steven Divine – Realtor Affiliate – Dallas, TX

Homes For Heroes AffiliateThe moment I learned of Homes for Heroes, I knew I wanted to be involved.  I thought, “What a wonderful way to give back to the people that give so much of themselves to us everyday – from protecting us to saving our lives.”  Hello.  My name is Steven Divine and I am honored and excited to be affiliated with Homes for Heroes.  I am the President of Divine Premier Properties in Dallas, Texas and solemnly promise to exceed your expectations.  I have many family members and friends serving in our Hero Network and already consider “us” family. My goal is to inform all the local Heroes about this wonderful and easy way to buy and sell their homes.  You may also agree that saving a substantial sum of money is a great thing. Since we are already family, I would like to insure you my awesome and very efficient team will walk you through this entire process.  At the end of the day, we want you to know we are here for YOU!!!

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Welcome Stewart Title of Minneapolis

SGT Denise Laynor

SGT Denise Laynor

Here at Homes for Heroes, we are extremely proud and excited to partner with all of our “Friends” and “Affiliates” who work diligently to spread our mission and thank heroes for all the service they provide our communities. Very frequently we come across “Friends” or “Affiliates” that are drawn to our company through a special connection. I would like to welcome Stewart Title of Minneapolis as our newest Friend, as well as share their reason for becoming a Friend of Hero. The following is Stewart Title’s story in the words of Theresa Williams, Business Development Officer at Stewart Title in Minneapolis.


Stewart Title is very proud to become the newest affiliate member for Homes for Heroes.  It hits close to home because one of our own Escrow Officers, Denise Laynor enlisted in the Army Reserve in 1997 when she was just 17 years old.  She has served in South Korea, 2000 and 2003 and in Afghanistan 2004-2005.  SGT Denise Laynor has been awarded:

National Defense Service Medal

Global War on Terrorism Medal

Joint Service Commendation Medal – Afghanistan

Certificate of Appreciation – Afghanistan

Certificate of Achievement  – Noncommissioned Officer of the Month (2004) – Afghanistan

Army Commendation Medal

Army Achievement Medal

So you can see how important it is that Stewart Title and our employees support an association that helps the noblest of professions!  We have a HERO of our own!

Thank you Stewart Title for recognizing our heroes, especially when they are your own. And thank you Denise Laynor for all your service. You are truly what makes our country great!

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Welcome Tara Johnson – Realtor Affiliate – Rochester, MN

Being a Realtor is such a wonderful job! I consider many of my past clients good friends and part of my extended family. There are many reasons why people move and I pride myself in taking the time to get to know my client’s needs, wants, budget and help them navigate through the complex world of real estate. It is an honor to be affiliated with the Homes For Heroes program and I am looking forward to working with you to achieve your goals! I have been a licensed Realtor for the past 5 years and the Managing Broker at Keller Williams in Rochester for 2 years.  In addition to being a Broker I also hold the SFR  (short sale foreclosure resource) designation from the National Association of Realtors. The SFR designation was designed to help Realtors better serve buyers who are looking to purchase short sale or foreclosed (bank-owned) properties. I have also served on the Keller Williams ALC (Agent Leadership Council) since 2009, an honor reserved for the top producing leaders in my office.  I have lived in Rochester the past nine years and would love to show you why I love calling the “Med City” my home!

Homes for Heroes launches in Utah, Promises Savings for Public Servants

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah became the 44th state to welcome the Homes for Heroes initiative Monday, meaning nearly 200,000 local home-buyers may eventually be eligible to qualify for discounts on lending fees and closing costs.

Homes for Heroes was launched in Minnesota in 2001 and now works with 750 affiliates across the county offering home-buyer discounts to military members, law enforcement, firefighters and teachers, among others.

Mandi Henriod of WJ Bradley Mortgage Capital said the program is unlike any that her business has used to offer discounts before.

“We have teachers call all the time and ask, ‘Are there any discounts?’” Henriod said. “Right now, we have the Good Neighbor Next Door (Sales) program, but it only applies to (reclamation projects) in what are sometimes broken down neighborhoods. Homes for Heroes doesn’t dictate where the home can be located.”

Welcome Homes for Heroes Newest Director, Bonnie Carlson

From Cause to Career. Supporting veterans causes was a past-time, now Bonnie Carlson has made it a career. Bonnie Carlson of Rush City, Minnesota has worked many years in real estate. She brings this experience to her new position with Homes for Heroes as Director of Affiliates for New England and the Upper East Coast. Her son is a West Point Cadet and is pictured here with her in last falls 5K run with other West Point moms who helped raise money for Fisher House, an organization that provides housing for families of service men and women during recovery and treatment at military hospitals nationwide. See the article here.

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John Lodwick – Stover Mathis Real Estate – Maple Valley, Washington

When this program was introduced to me, it took no time at all to say “I’m In”. “This is a program that will assist me to the next level of helping others”. I have been a Realtor for over 14 years, and have never been as excited to be part of a program that gives back as this one does. I have Heroes in many facets of my life. Not only family members & friends that are involved with the military, law enforcement, healthcare & teaching; I also have Heroes I look forward to meeting that I am surrounded by in my community. Those remarkable individuals that put their community first before themselves every day. Thank you to all of you at Homes for Heroes for taking me in as a partner of your organization. And a special THANK YOU to all you Heroes for your service that you provide to all of us every day. I look forward to meeting you & serving you too!

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Welcome Brandy Keener – Realtor Affiliate – Charleston, South Carolina

Homes for Heroes AffiliateI am a full-time Realtor helping both buyers and sellers in the Charleston, SC area. As a life-long resident, I have lived in and owned properties in most of the Charleston areas and surrounding islands. Having grown up around the islands and beaches, I truly treasure the magnificent landscape and character of our beautiful city as well as the many wonderful activities and experiences.

I have a background in Computer Science and Math and graduated with honors from Clemson University. This led me to begin my professional career as a Computer Analyst and Programmer. After taking a break from my career to raise our three children, I decided to return to work in the Real Estate field. My experiences of helping people buy and sell have been very rewarding and I am thoroughly enjoying my career as a Realtor. My analytical background and attention to fine detail have served me well. I am a good listener and very attentive to my clients and I work very hard to make sure my clients either find the perfect home at the right price or get the best deal possible in a reasonable amount of time for their home. I am certainly not the Realtor who puts a listing on the MLS and sticks a sign in the yard and waits for the calls. I am extremely knowledgeable about how important internet marketing and technology tools are affecting the Real Estate Industry. In fact, approximately 90% of home buyers begin their search on the internet before they ever contact a Realtor. I make sure that my listings are marketed both traditionally and on the internet and get the most advantageous exposure.

I am extremely happy to be associated with The Homes for Heroes program. What a wonderful way for me to express my appreciation to those who are in these special fields of service. As an agent with the Patton Property Group, we have been a leader in “giving back” and thanking our clients who give to and serve their country and communities.

If you are considering selling a home in the Charleston area or buying here, I would be happy to meet with you and help you accomplish your goals.

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Welcome Fred Dambach – Realtor Affiliate – John Arquette Properties Syracuse, New York

Homes for Heroes“I am very proud to be affiliated with Home for Heroes and feel honored to serve and give back, whether on a local or national level. Our heroes deserve my best!”

Having served in Vietnam and the Gulf War, and coming from an extensive military influence on both sides of the family, I am comfortable relating to other military heroes. Military personnel, teachers, firefighters, peace officers, and healthcare workers are heroes in our everyday life.
Our heroes have served the community well. Now it is time to get them into a home that will serve them well.

As your professional Realtor, I know the local real estate market and am always happy to share up to the minute statistics and market conditions with you.

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Welcome Michael Stover – Realtor Affiliate – Kirkland, Washington

Mike and his team are so excited and proud to be Affiliates of Homes for Heroes. “It’s an honor to be able to give back to our country’s heroes.”Mike has lived in the Pacific Northwest since 1980. Born and raised in upstate New York, Mike and his wife Ruth have lived and raised their family in Auburn WA. Mike & Ruth currently live in University Place, Tacoma WA

Mike brings a unique skill set to the Real Estate Sales profession. Mike has over 20 years experience in the residential industry, including 20 years in Mortgage Lending & Direct Sales. Additionally, Mr. Stover is a State Certified Home Buyer Instructor and is Founder of the Home Seller Workshop. This background provides Michael’s clients with additional support regarding Market Valuation, negotiations’ and Financial Mortgage Loan Structuring. Aspects that are vital to BOTH buyers and sellers in every real estate transaction.

When Mike is not working hard for his clients, he enjoys time away at his Eastern WA home with family, friends and his two girls Bailey & Tilly (his Jack Russell’s). Mike has been married to his best friend Ruth for 34 years. He & Ruth have two adult children Jesse & Olivia.

Mike & his business partner Christen Mathis have assembled a team of expert Brokers that cover the Thurston, Pierce, King, Kitsap and Snohomish counties in Washington State.
Let Mike and his team Earn your business.

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Welcome RJ Baxter-Lender Affiliate-Fairway Independent Mortgage- Lakewood, Colorado

Homes for Heroes Affiliate“Prior to my 12 year mortgage career, I was a teacher and enjoyed helping others. I appreciate the opportunity to give back to these heroes in our community. This is what brought me to Homes for Heroes and I felt it was a natural fit for me. I also specialize in helping Veteran home buyers and can offer the Colorado home buyer tax credit, an added benefit that all Veteran heroes and first time home buyers can qualify for. Currently I live in Colorado with my wife and two children, and enjoy all that Colorado has to offer. Skiing, camping, mountain biking, and ultimate frisbee are my favorite activities.”