Homes for Heroes is a national company, based in Minnesota, created after the Sept. 11 attacks as a thank you to the first responders. The company works with Realtors, lenders, title companies and other real estate providers to give rebates and discounts to heroes who serve the country and local communities.
Heroes include military personnel, firefighters, law enforcement officers, emergency medical professionals, healthcare workers, teachers and others who make our communities a better place to live.
Jane Tyner, of Realty Concepts, is the daughter of a U.S. Army veteran. “I was looking for ways to give back to military families…also to police and firemen and medical professionals and teachers,” Tyner said. “A lot of them go unrecognized.”
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Tyner is teaming up with colleagues Sherri Poindexter and Jeffrey House to create the Valley Homes for Heroes Team. They have 20 years of real estate experience between all three of them. Paige Solberg with Lending Concepts is also helping with the program.
A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday at Realty Concepts, 740 W. Alluvial Ave., Suite 102, to celebrate the new branch.
Here’s how the program works: Valley heroes interested in buying or selling a home can visit the website valleyheroes.com and register. The Realty Concepts team can take the hero on as a client and help him or her from beginning to end of the buying or selling process.
“They get all the same services” as a traditional buyer or seller, Tyner said. But “because they are a hero, we donate our commission back to them.”
At the close of escrow, 25 percent of the commission is returned to the hero. Solberg, the team’s affiliate lender, will offer free appraisals.
The program has operated in Fresno for two months and already has 12 heroes signed up.
“This is our way to say thank you and pay it forward,” Tyner said.