Real estate agent takes pride in helping area heroes
Dennis Mc Donald
Christina Sciarretta, a Realtor with Berkshire Hathaway in Evesham, is involved with the Home for Heroes project.
The couple were stationed in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where she heard about a program called Homes for Heroes from a colleague.
She felt challenged to do something after she saw the documentary “The Hornet’s Nest,” which showed the conditions on Afghan battlefields.
Knowing of her husband’s sacrifices as well as those of others, she felt she had to do something.
Through Homes for Heroes, Sciarretta thought it was a great idea to help veterans, police officers and others get a break on the sale or purchase of a home.
Sciarretta, who has worked as a real estate agent for the past year, is employed with Fox & Roach at her Route 73 office and wants to expand Homes for Heroes.
The program seems to have already taken hold.
Abby Waltz, national director for the nonprofit, said it is “an unbelievable program that has real estate affiliates all over the country, almost 1,400 of them actually, that are all driven to give back to their local communities and help heroes through the Homes for Heroes program. Since 2009, our affiliates have given back nearly $6 million to heroes all over the country.”
Locally, one other real estate agent in Burlington County is involved, according to information supplied by Homes for Heroes, which is based in Minneapolis.
Some committed volunteers founded Homes for Heroes after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks as a way to thank those who help others.
Sciarretta gave an example of how the program works.
“So if you buy a $200,000 house, and my commission is 3 percent, then you would get $1,500 back as a rebate. The Realtor affiliate literally gives 25 percent of their commission back to the hero,” she said.
Sciarretta, formerly a dance teacher, said she knows the value of giving back.
“I’m hoping to help as many heroes as I possibly can,” she said. “It’s my way to say thank you. I want to reach as many people as possible.”