Two Lehigh Valley real estate teams have joined the “Homes for Heroes” program, which provides house-buying assistance to military personnel, police officers, firefighters, teachers, first responders and health care professionals.
The Deb and Joe Corcoran team in Northampton and the Barb Bottitta team in Allentown, both of Keller Williams, have joined the national program.
Participating agents donate 25 percent of their commission back to the hero-recipient during the sale.
That money can be put toward a down payment for a buyer or be an extra bonus to the seller.
"We had been thinking of doing something like this for some time, but we didn't really know how to start or how to structure it," Joe Corcoran said. "When I learned about this program, it sounded like something we'd really want to do."
Founded in the Minnesota market shortly after Sept. 11, the program has spread across the nation and has 1,000 affiliates in 47 states.
Besides providing money from agent commissions, the program also includes "Friends of Heroes," local businesses that participate and give special rebates or discounts to the clients after closing.
"This is a way to give back not just to our veterans, but to our firefighters, police officers, teachers and others who give so much for us," Bottitta said.