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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Buy a Home for Half-Price

Teachers can buy a home for 50% of the home's appraised value through a program called the Good Neighbor Next Door Program. The Department of Housing and Urban Development offers homes in predetermined areas to teachers, firefighters, police officers, and EMTs before offering them to the general public.

Is there a catch? Yes. The catch is that you have live in the home for three years and students at your school must come from that neighborhood. For this reason it is much easier to qualify for this program (or to find an eligible house) if you teach at a private or a charter school.

At the end of the three years, though, the house is yours. You can turn around and sell it. Even selling it at the original appraisal price would mean a handsome profit.

The Pay May Not Be Much But the Benefits are Nice

We all know that teachers are over-worked and under-paid. I know first hand. When I went to buy my first home, I didn't have a lot of income (comparable to my student loan debt), but one asset proved valuable–my career choice.

Teachers, there are deals out there that, properly utilized, can help you reap huge rewards. This site culls some of the data for you.

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