Couple provides homes and haven
The housing market is a tough ride during these economic times, but Cory and Milly Kammerdiener are taking their real estate business on a different path with their approach to first-time buyers. NewHomePrograms.com, the Christian-based real estate brokerage firm they founded, assists first-time home buyers with personal attention and, if needed, with a free credit-enhancement program before attacking the house-purchasing process. The business started as a website in 2005 and was established as a real estate corporation in February 2010. The website’s success is evident in the Houston real estate market. According to Cory Kammerdiener, the site has grown from 1,800 visitors per month to over 9,000 per month in a one-year period. They also celebrated their first anniversary in their new offices at 16300 Kuykendahl Road in Spring.
Gratitude and faith
The Kammerdieners attribute their success to God. In addition to operating their real estate venture, they also serve as part-time hosts and music ministers for the Great Final Harvest of God World Outreach Ministries, which is led and ministered by Milly’s father, Francis Baillie. Their 400-square-foot conference room is converted into a place of worship that welcomes former clients, friends and visitors three times a week. On Tuesdays, the Kammerdieners host Bible Study; on Thursdays, there is prayer service; and on Sundays, a praise-and-worship service with Baillie. Incorporating their love for service and helping others has been an easy task, they both said. Yvonne Laredo, who had never owned a home, watched as her current home in Spring was built from the ground up. The dream was never reachable, she said, until she met the Kammerdieners. Her family couldn’t be happier living in a neighborhood with good schools and a community pool. Overcoming the challenge of not-so-perfect credit was possible with the Kammerdieners’ guidance. Once that was accomplished, the house shopping began. She moved into her home in October 2009. “My family has a home,” she said. “They did not treat us like other real estate agents — there is nothing like that. The impossible became possible. It wasn’t a maybe with them. It was ‘This is what we do.'” Laredo described the Kammerdieners as genuine and uplifting. “It took months, but we were always in conversation,” Laredo said. “I couldn’t believe it. It’s a blessing.”
A growing partnership
The couple met in 2006 and then married in 2007. Milly Kammerdiener, a Venezuelan native who is the oldest of four children, came to The Woodlands with her family from California and built a career with the Woodlands Development Co. She is a 2009 graduate of the Champions School of Real Estate. Cory Kammerdiener is a U.S. Navy veteran who served more than eight years of active duty and more than four years in the reserves. He graduated from Champions School of Real Estate in 2004 after starting a career in the housing industry with Royce Builders in 2003. Building a business and church worship team has been a journey in self-discovery and enlightenment, said Milly Kammerdiener “This has been so rewarding. We’re helping people achieve their dreams and leave a legacy to their family” she said. “I’ve gained a lot of knowledge. I love what I do.” People have responded to her firm’s credit enhancement program, she said. She is proud that it is based in Christianity. “I’m a preacher’s kid, and we want people to know we are a Christian real estate company. I have something to give and that’s great,” she said. Cory Kammerdiener has also been surprised by their growth, but still looks to the future of both the company and the ministry. “Our goal is to build this company as an army of evangelists, while helping people get a home. I knew we had a strategy for times like these,” he said. For more information, visit www.newhomeprograms.com. For details on the ministry, visit its Facebook page: The Great Final Harvest of God World Outreach Ministries Inc.