“When I was going to be released, my husband and daughter were allowed to come in. I got in the wheelchair, and as I left the floor, all the way from the elevator to the hallway to the outside, employees were lined up clapping,” Michele says.
After being discharged June 17, Michele began to try to acclimate to the four months she had lost. At that time, her landlords decided that since they were getting older, and the market was so favorable, it would be smart to sell. Michele’s landlords offered her and her husband the opportunity to purchase the home they rented first, before putting it on the market.
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“I was now going to be on disability, not being able to return to work as a nurse. My husband had just gone back to work. We didn’t have a lot in savings. We tried a couple of banks, and they wanted very high down payments for a first-time homeowner, which would have left us with no savings.”
Michele’s son, whose first mortgage was through Academy, told her to call and ask for his Loan Officer to see how he could help. After hearing her story, Michele’s Loan Officer started working on overcoming some of Michele’s obstacles—like credit that had taken a hit after her career and finances were derailed due to COVID.
“I can tell you that for someone at 64 who was becoming a first-time homeowner, it was very stressful and overwhelming. Academy Mortgage, they were all phenomenal. It was a very wonderful experience with them, considering my age and buying my first home,” says Michele. “They walked us through it, and now we’re homeowners. It’s been wonderful.”