Homes for Heroes offers savings for military, law enforcement, more

By Pat Sunderland

Mallori Salazar, Christi Prettyman and Porgia Vigil have joined Homes for Heroes®, a national program that brings savings to the hometown heroes who serve and protect our communities and our country.

Salazar and Prettyman, who are with Next Chapter Properties, are Realtor affiliates. Vigil, a loan officer with Guild Mortgage Company, is a lender affiliate.

Homes for Heroes is celebrating its 16th year of helping close the gap in the cost of housing for military (active/veteran), law enforcement, firefighters, EMS, teachers and health care professionals. The organization collaborates with real estate professionals like Salazar, Prettyman and Vigil to offer savings when buying or selling a home.

Inspired by the events of 9/11, and those heroes who serve and protect their communities, Homes for Heroes was established to serve the Minnesota real estate market. Through the internet, word of the Homes for Heroes benefits spread and the small local effort spiraled into a growing nationwide program.

Next Chapter Properties has spearheaded an effort to prepare and mail military care packages for several years. When Prettyman and Salazar learned about the Homes for Heroes programs, they decided to expand their efforts to touch all the heroes in the community. Vigil said she's amazed by the people who voluntarily make sacrifices, whether it's getting pulled away from dinner by a 911 call, or deploying to foreign soil to protect U.S. interests.

"They're all heroes to us," Salazar, Prettyman and Vigil agree.

In addition offering savings for homebuyers and sellers, the trio are planning special events to support our hometown heroes.

For more information about this program, which is also available to retired heroes, go to Vigil can be reached at 970-628-7066; the phone number for Next Chapter Properties is 399-3286.