Homeside Financial - April 2018

April 2018

1730 North Center Street, Hickory, NC 28601 • 828.229.7877 • jharrington@gohomeside.com

of All Shapes and Sizes Everyone Is Worthy of Owning a Home She had been working so hard for so long with the mindset that she wasn’t worthy of owning a home.

M any of the clients I work with think Homes for Heroes is just for a select group of people. While this program aims to help public servants like police, firefighters, and teachers, we also have the option of including other people in need. This is why I love the program so much— it’s truly about helping individuals who need the service. It even enabled me to help a custodian achieve her dream of owning a home. I often go to local schools to inform them about how Homes for Heroes can help fuel their dream of owning a home. I’ll head out with some basic supplies that teachers may need do a simple presentation. I try to be quick, because the last thing people want to hear in a meeting is some mortgage broker spouting off about home loans. Anyone who is then interested can contact me, and I’ll explain the process to them. One day, I got a call out of the blue from a woman who had stumbled across a brochure at a school I presented at. She proceeded to tell me how she knew she wasn’t a teacher, and the programwasn’t intended for her, but she had been renting with her two daughters and wanted to know what she could do. All she desperately wanted was to put a roof over her daughters’heads — a roof that belonged to them. It turned out that she also cleaned churches when she wasn’t at school, and she worked weekends at a convenience store. She was busting her butt around

Homeside’s wall of heroes.

the clock, seven days a week, just to make ends meet. Homes for Heroes stipulates that anyone working in the school system can benefit from the service. Administrators, principals, and even custodians can have their dreams of owning a home become a reality. So all of her work at the school definitely qualified her to take advantage of this program, and I couldn’t wait to help this sweetheart out. When we started the process, it was clear she was motivated. She was going to do whatever it took to make sure she got the right home for the future of her family. It was amazing to me, because she had been working so hard for so long with the mindset that she wasn’t worthy of owning a home. Society let her believe she was less of a person because she cleaned toilets for a living. When I asked why she was working three jobs, she looked at me and very matter-of-factly said,“My kids need to get through school to have a future. This is just what it takes to do that.”It was clear at that point I needed to show her she was worthy of owning a home, and I was going to do whatever it took to get her one.

She didn’t have the greatest situation for the lenders to work with, but we both put our minds to making her dream a reality. It took some extra work, but she did more than she was ever asked to do. She drove an hour each way to drop off documents and meet me at my office, all the while balancing three jobs and raising two kids. Buying a home is hard enough as it is, but on top of everything else going in her life ... I was inspired by her dedication, to say the least. We were able to get this sweet little woman a home, and her picture now holds a place of honor in the center of my wall of Homes for Heroes clients. Getting to work with wonderful folks like this is why I do what I do— they give me the passion I have for this program. Moments like these transcend making money and punching the clock. These moments are real, and we all win in situations like that. Everyone is worthy of a home, and I’ll do whatever it takes to get them in one.

-Jamie Harrington

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