Military Buyers & Sellers Real Estate Blog

  • How Much Can I Borrow With a VA Loan?

    Once service members start thinking about a home purchase, a common question arises: "How much can I borrow with a VA Loan?" It’s a simple question. The answer? A bit more complex. Here’s a look at five factors that will determine how much a service member can borrow with a VA loan, and what the advantages to the VA loan program are. Factor #1: The VA Guaranty The VA loan program doesn't employ a …

  • How VA Appraisers Determine a Home’s Value

    Contract? Signed. Movers? Hired. Appraisal value? $20,000 low. Uh-oh. Buying a home isn’t as simple as signing a purchase contract and packing a few boxes. All parties to the transaction must be fully on board with the purchase. And a VA lender will refuse to step on-board if a property’s value falls short of the loan amount. Should the VA appraisal value fall below the desired loan amount, buyers mus…

  • How to Challenge a Low VA Appraisal Value: The Reconsideration of Value

    Military buyers wait on pins and needles for the results of the VA appraisal. A low appraisal value sends a stinging message to would-be homebuyers: This deal might not fly. Don’t toss that transaction out the window just yet. A fighting chance remains for those buyers who can show that a VA appraisal value is erroneously lower than the asking price. Let’s talk about the VA’s Reconsideration of Value. …

  • The VA Appraisal and Electrical Systems: What Is Required?

    Are you wondering how your VA appraiser will feel about exposed wires, a sparking fuse box or knob-and-tube wiring? Ponder no more. Let’s talk about the electrical portion of the VA appraisal. MPRs and Electrical Systems The VA issues a list of Minimum Property Requirements (MPRs) to every VA appraiser. Appraisers must ensure that properties meet or exceed MPR standards to qualify for VA financing. …

  • 6 Factors That Can Sink Your Home Value

    House hunting? Ready to sell? It’s time to talk home value. No matter where you are on the spectrum of buying or selling, it’s important to know what will affect your home value. Several factors can singe your property value and potentially lead to a resale loss. Protect your investment and boost your resale return with a look at six items that can drag down your home value: 1. Busy streets Incessant hon…

  • 4 VA Appraisal Dealbreakers (and How to Handle Them)

    Let’s be honest: The VA appraisal has a reputation of being problematic. But it doesn't have to be. With a little knowledge and a watchful eye, you can help guide your buyers to properties that will easily meet the VA's Minimum Property Requirements. Boost your VA appraisal know-how with a review of four big VA appraisal pitfalls to avoid: 1. The leaky basement Water can cause an unbelievable amount of dam…

  • 5 Tips for Selling a Home In Winter

    In most parts of the country, winter is a slower time for real estate sales. Buyers hibernate, inventory shrinks, and sales languish. Selling a home in winter can be a bit more challenging, but don't panic. With a few winter-specific selling tips in your pocket, you'll be able to put the best face on any winter listing. Tip #1: Display the year-round beauty of your listing. Landscaping typically doesn’t lo…

  • VA Loan Basics: What is the Certificate of Eligibility?

    It’s the green flag that starts the race. It’s the bell that kicks off the day. It’s the ticket that lets you into the show. It’s the Certificate of Eligibility. Known as the starting point of the VA loan process, the Certificate of Eligibility (COE) proves to a lender that a buyer has met the VA’s service requirement. And while it’s a short and simple document, the COE can stir up a lot of conf…

  • Why VA Loans Don’t Require a Down Payment

    It’s far and away one of the most notable VA loan benefits: VA loans don't require a down payment. But it’s also a perk that arouses skepticism. “What’s the catch?” “How much is that going to cost me?” Let’s put those suspicions to rest with a thorough discussion of the VA loan program, and an explanation of why VA loans do not require a down payment. All About the VA Loan Guaranty VA …

  • How Tough is the VA Appraisal? 3 Factors to Consider

    The unbeatable benefits of the VA loan program aren’t bestowed on every property that catches a military buyer’s eye. In order to garner VA approval, every home must undergo a VA appraisal. And although the VA appraisal has a reputation for being rigorous, its intentions are honorable: ensuring that homes purchased by veterans are fiscally and structurally sound. So how tough is the VA appraisal? In thi…