Homes for Heroes
If you live in Cheyenne, chances are you’ve seen one of the real estate signs promoting Homes for Heroes, but if you don’t know what exactly that means, let us explain.
Following one of the most horrific events ever to take place on American soil, Andy Pojol was volunteering alongside first responders in the search and rescue efforts of September 11, 2001. In the midst of the smoke, debris and raw horror surrounding him, he witnessed the unparalleled bravery of the first responders. Pojol, moved by their tireless and selfless effort to save lives, made a pledge that day to serve the country he loved. Resolved to help the men and women who risked their lives that day, and those who fought to defend our freedom in the aftermath of 9/11, Pojol kept his promise by founding Homes for Heroes in 2006.
Now, 20 years after 9/11, Homes for Heroes is the largest nationwide network of affiliate real estate agents, mortgage lenders and local business specialists providing easy ways for heroes to save significant money when buying, selling or refinancing a home.
Who it helps – Homes for Heroes honors 5 heroic groups: firefighters/EMS, law enforcement, military (active, reserve, veterans), healthcare professionals, and teachers.
How it works- When working with a local Homes for Heroes real estate specialist, such as Amber Johnson or Christine Goodman at RE/MAX Capitol Properties, a Hero receives a percentage of the commission on their home as a thank you for their service. Heroes buying a home receive a check after closing, or if selling, receive a discount on commission fees. On average Heroes receive $2,400. A portion of the commission is also donated to the Homes for Heroes foundation. This foundation gives a grant every month to a non-profit organization that helps Heroes across the nation. Through a nationwide partnership of communities and corporations working together, as well as countless volunteers and contributors, Homes for Heroes has gifted over 250 houses to injured veterans by the end of 2020.
Through June 2021, Amber Johnson has donated back $33,134 and Christine Goodman has donated back $13,684 to local heroes through rebates on their home purchases and sales.This generous gift coming directly from their commissions ranks them #1 in Wyoming and #29 in the nation with the Homes for Heroes network. This is a prime example of why we are not just SOLD on the community, but we are SOLD on our agents as well.
RE/MAX Capitol Properties is thankful to have many hero groups represented in our brokerage, including military veterans, teachers and former medical workers who are ready to help you find your next home. Call the office, or stop in to see us if you have any questions, or are interested in working with a Homes for Heroes agent.
Thank you to Donica Enevoldsen of RE/MAX Capitol Properties for writing this blog!