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Exciting News - VA Health Care Center (VA HCC) opens 4/2016 at the corner of West Tyvola Road and Cascade Pointe Boulevard, near the Tyvola/Billy Graham Parkway interchange at Interstate 77.
Sometimes Veterans do not know that they can qualify for a home mortgage using their VA entitlement. Do you have your DD214? Have you received your Eligibility form? I have found this recently with 2 buyers that I am working with. The knew they had some sort of benefits, but didn't think they could buy a home with their entitlement.
In February, 2014, I officially earned the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) nationally recognized MRP (Military Relocation Professional) Certification. Although I have closed numerous VA loans through the years, it became very apparent to me that Veterans and active service members, more often than not, do not take full advantage of their military benefits. It is equally important that the REALTOR® recommending a VA loan keeps up-to-date with the loan requirements, and uses a lender that does likewise, so we can find housing solutions that best meet the Buyer’s needs.
When military families relocate, a real estate professional who understands their needs and timeframe can help make the move faster, easier and with less stress. As a Military Relocation Professional, I have gained additional insight into helping military clients, whether buying or selling, to make sure that the transaction is in their best interest.
When helping Buyers, I try to make the process as smooth as possible. Nowadays, most buyers search online first to decide which homes they would like to look at. Homes with pictures tend to get looked at first. Once the buyer has generated their long list of homes, I try to show them as many as we can in a day, especially if the Buyer needs to make a quick decision. As we view the homes, I identify the buyer’s top 3 choices, eliminating those homes the Buyer didn’t necessarily like. At the end of the day, we make an offer on the buyer’s top choice. If things don’t work out with that home, we go down the list to the buyer’s other 2 top choices.
When helping Sellers, I regularly send out activity sheets of how their neighborhood activity is progressing – this keeps them apprised of the market, in case they must sell quickly. When the Seller is ready to sell, I always go to their home so I can evaluate their home and make recommendations as to what they can do to spruce it up before putting their home on the market. As a Staging Professional, I can also make suggestions as to what furniture they should rearrange or what areas to declutterize. These upfront preparations go a long way in helping the Sellers sell their home quicker, and usually for a better price. Selling their home quickly is a big benefit to those Sellers who need to get to their new location quickly. It also makes for a less stressful move.
Most military clients tend to be very tech savvy. I pride myself in keeping up with technology and can communicate with them the way they prefer, whether it’s via texting, Skype or anything in between. I am also all about social media, and use such sites as Craigslist, Zillow, Trulia, Realtor.com and YouTube for all of my home listings.
Whether you are buying or selling, if you are a current or former military service member, I'd like to discuss your Real Estate needs! If you would like to find about how to apply for a VA loan, I have several great lenders that I work with that can help. Please give me a call at 704-443-8627 or contact me.
MRP (Military Relocation Professional)