Clean Up A Veteran's First Home With Me!

I am a licensed Realtor DRE#01936977, and although I care about all of my clients very much in different ways, my heart has been consumed for the past 9 months with my need to find Eddie and his disabled wife a home.

Eddie is 62 years old and a United States Army Veteran.  He has never owned a home in his life; always a renter, and struggling to make ends meet with his job at Home Depot.  He was told by a lender that he would "never buy a home in California" because of the expense and he should "just give up or move." The crisis really hit this spring when his landlord almost DOUBLED his rent.  His sister (who I helped two years ago) told him to call me,  and I was so angry about his story I decided come hell or high water we would get Eddie and Ve a home. Otherwise,  he would always be at the whim of his landlord and never able to have equity or security.

A scrappy, rock-turning, creative lender I know at Land Home Financial (Angela Erves) pulled together a loan for Eddie that would be almost impossible for me to pull off because of the price point and conditions. BUT HE WAS PRE-APPROVED!  We searched and wrote offers for nine months, looking as far away as Sacramento.   When the dream place came up six weeks ago right around the corner from where he lives now and I got his offer accepted I literally burst into tears.

TODAY (11/15/19) the miracle happened!  This afternoon Eddie closed escrow on the first home of his life.  And it's actually single level for Ve, has two bedrooms and baths, and best of all an inside laundry (that was something he never dreamed he would get!)

The place has been a Section 8 rental for many years.  It is very dirty, with many areas in need of repair.  At minimum they have to have new carpet and paint and repairs to the kitchen, but really the whole place needs an overhaul.  Doors are falling off hinges, anything metal is rusted.  Fortunately this is what I do all day long with my team on my real estate listings, but it does cost money; materials, labor, appliances.

I am trying to raise $5000 towards renovating Eddie's home as much as we can BEFORE Thanksgiving (he wants to move in on 11/29.)  Every penny will go to fixing up this place and I will take nothing for my time/labor; if we raise more than $5000 it will be used towards dual pane windows and/or HVAC.  Any surplus not used directly for Eddie's home will be donated to Wounded Warrior Project.

Please help me help a Veteran in need and let's give Eddie a clean, beautiful FIRST home.

Mariah Bradford
Abio Properties

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Mariah Bradford
Walnut Creek, CA

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