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Family beyond thankful for help in buying first home in North Tonawanda

Victoria and Jean Pagan didn’t grow up in the finest of neighborhoods.

“We were brought up in not so family-orientated neighborhoods and not the safest environments,” said Victoria, who met her fiancé when she was 16 years old.

So when she and Jean had their first son, the couple knew they wanted to do better for him. They decided to have a meeting with John Gatas of Keller Willams Realty to see what their options in purchasing their first home would be.

“We didn’t know anything about the process, so we met with him to learn more about what it would take to get our family into our dream home,” said Victoria.

But the timing wasn’t right for the Pagans just yet. Their son was 18 months old and the family felt they needed a little more time to save and look over their options. Gatas decided to keep in touch.

“He took a liking to my son and that meant everything to me because my son is my world,” said Victoria. “He would call and check on us and send us cards. He was more than a realtor, he became our family friend.”

A few years later, the Pagans were blessed with another bundle of joy, a baby girl. They decided now was the time to finally get out of their cramped apartment and find a home that they could call their own for a lifetime. And who was the first person they called? Of course, their old friend and realtor, John.

“John was so patient with us and made the process so simple. We trusted him and he wouldn’t let us look at any rotten apples or let us invest in something that wasn’t good for our family. After four months, we found our dream home.”

The Pagans are now grateful to be the owners of a two-story Wurtlizer Drive home in North Tonawanda, a city that they say has a wonderful school district and a neighborhood that’s safe for their children to play.

“I can’t tell you how much it means to me to be able to take my kids for a walk to the park or play outside our own house,” said Victoria. “We are a couple who works hard and the fact that we found a home in North Tonawanda speaks volumes of my children’s future and even the future of my grandchildren. We have big dreams and big goals and purchasing our first home here is a first step in that process.”

If you would like to learn more about the gatas team at Keller Williams Realty, call Gatas at 716-218-3146 or visit

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