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Homes for Heroes FAQs

Jun 08, 2021 ● By Dawn Van Nieuwenhuyzen, Plains Commerce Bank Senior Mortgage Banker


Thanking heroes for their service to their communities is very important to me, which is why I got involved in the Homes for Heroes program. This is my second year in the program, and I was thrilled to be named the Homes for Heroes #7 Top Mortgage Specialist nationwide! I had the privilege of serving 126 heroes in 2020. 

There are limited spots available to be a Homes for Heroes qualified lender, and it is something I’ve been wanting to be involved with for years.  I was so excited to join and start helping heroes.  

Coming from a family of heroes where my parents and only sister are teachers and a brother and father-in-law who both served in the military, I’ve seen the work heroes do firsthand, which is why helping heroes is so important to me. 

What is the Homes for Heroes program? Homes for Heroes is a national program dedicated to providing extraordinary savings to heroes who provide extraordinary services to our community each and every day when they buy, sell or refinance a home.  

Who qualifies for the Homes for Heroes program? Qualifying heroes are military (active/veteran/reserve) healthcare workers, law enforcement, firefighters, teachers and EMS. 

What are the main benefits of being involved in the Homes for Heroes (HFH) program? The main benefit is saving money! Heroes get a credit from me to help with their loan fees, the title company gives a credit, and the HFH realtor gives an amazing credit if the hero is selling or buying.  

What are the savings? Savings depend on the sales price of the home. The sales price determines the amount of savings in credits and discounts from all the participating affiliates and vendors involved. For example, a purchase price of $210,000 could include a realtor credit of $1,470, a lender credit of $500 and a title credit of $125, so you would save $2,095! 

Do I have to purchase a home to qualify? Nope! Homes for Heroes benefits apply to purchases and refinances. 

Are there extra applications or costs? No! There is no application cost and no future obligations. Homes for Heroes is committed to serving heroes and maximizing their savings. 

If you’re wondering if you qualify, you have any questions or you’re ready to get started, reach out to me. I’m happy to help you with your mortgage journey! 

All credit and loan products are subject to credit approval. Loan programs subject to qualification. 

Dawn Van Nieuwenhuyzen – Senior Mortgage Banker – NMLS# 21096 – Plains Commerce Bank NMLS# 463950