Bakersfield, CA. (PRWEB) October 25, 2013
Golden Empire Mortgage, Inc., one of the largest mortgage lenders in the western U.S., has joined forces with the Boot Campaign and the Military Warriors Support Foundation, non-profit organizations supporting returning American military troops, and Sales Mastery, a provider of sales training for mortgage and real estate professionals, to sponsor a “mortgage free” home for a combat-wounded military veteran. The gift was made possible through $30,000 in donations from Golden Empire Mortgage employees to the Military Warriors Support Foundation’s Homes 4 Wounded Heroes program.
A total of 10 combat-wounded veterans were presented with mortgage-free homes this week during a special “Heroes to Homeowners” ceremony in Palm Desert, California, on October 23rd, 2013 in honor of America’s armed services. To sponsor one of the homes, approximately $20,000 in donations came directly from Golden Empire Mortgage’s staff and $10,000 in matching donations came from the company’s corporate office.
Throughout its 25-year history, Golden Empire Mortgage has been a strong supporter of the U.S. military as well as increasing homeownership opportunities for active duty military and veterans. Specialists at VA home loans, Golden Empire Mortgage has helped thousands of military borrowers buy homes with no down payment through more than 50 retail branches in California, which is home to more military bases than any other U.S. state. Both the Military Warriors Support Foundation and the Boot Campaign are active in California, as well.
“All of us at Golden Empire Mortgage feel deeply indebted to our enlisted men and women who have made enormous sacrifices to protect the freedoms we hold dear,” said Rick Roper, president of Golden Empire Mortgage, who has a son currently serving as a fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force. “Being able to help a real-life hero achieve the dream of homeownership is an honor. In fact, all military veterans deserve a shot at homeownership. We encourage the mortgage industry to join us in helping to keep the American dream alive for our veterans.”
The Military Warriors Support Foundation is using the funds donated by Golden Empire Mortgage to rehabilitate previously-distressed properties. In addition to receiving mortgage-free homes, the 10 combat veterans being honored at the October 23rd event will receive three years of family and financial mentoring.
About Golden Empire Mortgage
Golden Empire Mortgage, Inc. is a privately-held, full-scale mortgage banker with more than 60 retail branches throughout California, Arizona, Oregon and Washington. Family owned, the company and its subsidiary, GEM Mortgage, offer a wide array of mortgage products with a focus on quality, compliance, and unmatched customer service. In 2012, the company originated more than $1.7 billion in mortgages and for the past two years has been recognized as one of the Top Mortgage Bankers in America by Mortgage Executive Magazine. Golden Empire Mortgage was founded in 1987 by Howard Kootstra and is based in Bakersfield, California. For more information, visit http://www.gemcorp.com.
About Sales Mastery
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