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In the News: Houston Single Mother Given Heartwarming Christmas Check from MoneyBug

Posted by Haley Moran on Jan 5, 2017 10:19:45 AM

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Toniann Serrago Martinez gifted $1,000 check to ease bills and have worry-free holiday

Toniann Serrago Martinez, 33, has a lot to worry about. With bills, a disconnection notice from the electric company, nowhere to sleep, and the stresses of being a full-time single mother as well as a part-time babysitter, Martinez was worried she would not have a Christmas for her two kids.

“I try my best to provide for my children, but I'm alone here in Texas and don't make enough money,” Martinez said. “Being a full-time mother made money was tight this holiday. Of course, I wanted to give them a Christmas they deserve.”

But a deserving, delightful Christmas gift isn’t always something that goes under the tree. For Martinez, it was to buy a bed to give her children and herself somewhere to sleep. After fleeing a toxic relationship, Martinez, and her children were left with nothing. Separated from her family back in New York, she managed to scrimp and save every bit of her earnings as a babysitter to put away a little money. Martinez and her two children, Mialeena, 8, and Vincent Valentine, 10, found themselves across the country in Houston, Texas, in a small one-bedroom apartment with only one bed between them. “The three of us share a small bed,” she said. “My kids and I barely sleep.” Toniann's two kids had a bright Christmas thanks to the generosity of MoneyBug.

But Martinez is one tough cookie who hasn’t crumbled yet. While things like toys and games are material goods, teaching resilience, tenacity, and independence by example is by far a more important parental aspect, and Martinez prides herself having raised good, smart, talented children. “I think I do my best and am a great Mother,” Martinez said. “I don’t take time away from them to be selfish. I love them to pieces, and I give them all I can.”

Even if that means that Martinez only has little-to-no food for herself, she makes sure Mialeena and Vincent Valentine’s plates are full. “I try my best to make them happy,” she said. “It's hard being low income, and I try and be there as much as possible and more. I'm the best I can be to them.”

Martinez, who purely wants to see her kids smile; to dance with them, and for them to relax and be comfortable with her, has seen her children live a hard life reminiscent of her own, and it troubles her. “It makes me sad,” she admits. “I feel that my kids are sad we don’t have a lot. It makes me cry, and I feel that we suffer.”

Toniann and her two kids went through a lot before they moved to Houston, MoneyBug wanted to help.

Ethics and generosity are disappearing, and selfishness has taken over. Where there's truth, there are lies. Where there was once humility and honor, we are being captivated by smart technology 24/7. Real life lessons are hard to come by these days, but Martinez takes the time to teach her children invaluable and all-important life lessons. “Don't give up your dreams, whether big or small. Go get them, and I’ll be there as much as I can to help you reach them,” she tells them.

Along with imparting the wisdom of honesty, sincerity, and treating others how you wish to be treated, Martinez, as only a mother could do, inspires her children to keep their chins up; to hold their heads high and enjoy life. “Don't let the actions of others interfere with your good intentions and heart,” she repeats. “My kids must keep their sweetness and lovableness because we need that in this cold world.”

There are many reasons some may be in financial need this time of year, and by awarding five such families or individuals with a prize of $1,000, MoneyBug aimed to help those who need it most have the happy, stress-free holiday they deserve. So, in the spirit of the holidays, MoneyBug hoped to alleviate the financial stress for families, just like Martinez, who are experiencing hardship. Martinez was personally chosen by a panel of judges, cut a check by MoneyBug, and sent $1,000 which she tearfully accepted.

Martinez was also recently contacted by an aunt who informed her that her Mother has breast cancer, and her father is having trouble making ends meet. When asked how she planned to spend her prize money, she enthusiastically said, “I would love to visit my mother and help my family,” Martinez hopes she can reunite with her family, give Christmas to her children, and finally, get some much-needed sleep on a futon of her own.

Toniann and her two kids will not have to sleep in the same bed any more, thanks to MoneyBug Moneybug buys houses in Houston for cash, but we also give it away

What is MoneyBug?

MoneyBug stands apart from other home buying companies and offers a unique ability to work quickly to close the sale of a home in just seven days. While other home buying companies claim capacity to provide "instant cash offers," these types of offers are neither instant nor guaranteed, but MoneyBug is different. MoneyBug's high-tech advancements and user-friendly website provide homeowners with an instant cash offer simply by inputting their address. This exclusive online technology calculates comprehensive data to return a real cash offer at the click of a button.

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With their unique business model that provides a fast, straightforward process to buy homes for cash, the company has facilitated the purchase of over six-thousand single-family home acquisitions to equal over one-billion dollars. By knocking out bigger competitors in the housing market, MoneyBug has successfully established a presence in metro areas coast-to-coast and has further expansion into Denver, CO, and Nashville, TN planned for 2017.

What can MoneyBug do for Homeowners?
You don't need advice on selling your house, only MoneyBug! 

If you want to sell your home and are looking how to get your house sold quickly, we can help you sell it the easiest way possible.  MoneyBug will buy any home, your home, for cash so you'll avoid a costly and drawn-out process of dealing with a traditional real estate agent. If you are trying to sell your house,  given the state of nationwide real estate, you probably know the process can be stressful and not to mention, costly. We buy any house whether it's lacking in home repair, landscaping, or is damaged.

What is My House Worth?

Realtors often charge a commission that equals as much as 6% of your home’s sale price. Combined with the other fees or sales tax, this can add up quickly to eat into your profit. There isn’t any waiting around with us, you can end up selling your home to MoneyBug in as little as seven days. There are no fees and no commissions to pay; you don’t even have to pay closing costs. You get to keep every bit of the money you earned from the sale of your house, even without making a single upgrade or renovation. MoneyBug doesn't care about curb appeal, we want you to have cash.

There’s no paperwork to get started, and our online technology takes care of the hard part. If you are ready to take action, it all starts with the click of your mouse. 

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Haley Moran

Written by Haley Moran

With a mother who's a successful interior decorator and a grandfather who's a house flipper, Haley grew up in an environment that was centered around real estate. She has a background in journalism and mass communications, and has been a non-fiction writer since 2004.

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