Athens Review, Athens, Texas

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July 9, 2014

Program helps those who serve our nation and communities, to buy homes

Athens — A program that helps those who serve our nation and communities purchase a home is available in Henderson County.

Homes for Heroes was created following the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, in which more than 1,400 first responders were killed in the attack on the twin towers. The aim is to help close the gap between the costs of housing for: Military personnel, police officers, firefighters, teachers, first responders and others who serve our community and nation.

Paul Julian of Athens, a 31-year veteran Dallas firefighter, said he and EXIT Realty Pro stand ready to assist heroes wanting to buy or sell a home in the Athens, Canton and Cedar Creek Lake area, or anywhere else their real estate needs take them.

“I enjoy helping people, and maybe surprising them with money, or getting something done that costs less than they thought,” Julian said.

Julian became involved in the program in June, and says it has already made an impact in places like Dallas and Longview.

“A lot of people don’t know it’s available,” Julian said. “The more they do know, the better.”

After 9-11, a group of Minnesota business owners came up with the Homes for Heroes idea. With the Internet as a springboard, what started as a local effort, quickly grew and became the nation’s largest hero-savings program. Since then, through Homes for Heroes, many Heroes contacted them to help with more dire assistance. Eventually there were more calls than they could handle. 

After much thought and desire to help, they formed a charitable 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The Homes for Heroes Foundation assists heroes who demonstrate great need pertaining to housing. In November 2012, the Homes for Heroes Foundation was chosen by one of the largest  auction firms in the world, Williams and Williams, to be the recipient of proceeds for those who wish to donate their homes to a cause.

Homes for Heroes affiliates with REALTOR, mortgage lenders, title companies, attorneys and other service providers who agree to provide significant rebates and discounts to those who serve our nation and its communities every day.

Homes for Heroes affiliates have saved heroes more than $5.6 million in buying, selling or refinancing a home, as their way of thanking them for their service.

More information about the Homes for Heroes program can be found by calling Julian at 903-288-6017, or going online at"

Julian said those who go online can type in his name, or can use one of the other participating realtors.


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