Military Buyers & Sellers Real Estate Blog

  • 4 Reasons Buying a Home Now is Great for Your Family

    A house is “a building that serves as living quarters,” according to Merriam-Webster. But for a family with children, a home often signifies so much more. A home is the place where comfort is found, memories are stored and bonds are strengthened. A true homestead offers a wealth of benefits for families. Here’s our list of the top four reasons buying a home is great for families. 1. Your own yard…

  • 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…

  • VA Loan Eligibility Basics for Agents

    VA Loan Eligibility Basics for Agents

    Providing top-notch service to military house hunters doesn’t stop with neighborhood recommendations and home tours. Financing is often the most complex part of buying a home for new buyers. Frustrated by information overload and a lack of clear answers, confused buyers often turn to their trusted agents for mortgage advice. Make sure that you can offer sound guidance to your military clients with a basic und…

  • VA Loans and Lead Paint: What You Need to Know

    Lead-based paint can raise concerns for any buyer. And for good reason. The ingestion of lead-based paint chips or dust has been linked to nervous system damage, kidney damage, and reproductive problems. The United States celebrated a major public health victory in the 1970s after legislation that reduces lead pollution led to a significant drop in blood lead levels. With millions of American homes still containin…

  • How a Home Inspection Differs from the VA Appraisal

    When buyers first start exploring VA home loan options, terms like “VA appraisal” and “professional home inspection” can understandably become muddled. Let's clear the confusion. The VA appraisal and a professional inspection vary radically, and each hold crucial benefits for military buyers. Before buying a home with your VA loan benefits, make sure you understand the function and objectives of both. …

  • 5 Most Common VA Loan Myths Busted

    It’s the “information age,” not the “good information age.” Accurate information on any topic can be hard to find, and the VA loan process is no exception. From inaccuracies posted on message boards to bad blogs, there is an abundance of VA loan myths out there. Let’s tackle the five most common VA home loan myths and reaffirm the strength and flexibility of this unique financing tool. It only takes …

  • 4 Credit Questions VA Lenders Will Ask You

    CREDIT. Encompassing FICO scores, income, debt and employment, credit plays a huge role in the VA loan process. Fortunately for veterans and active-duty service members, VA loans feature relaxed credit requirements when compared to conventional loan programs. Wondering what lenders will expect from a VA loan applicant? Take a look at these four questions that will definitely pop up during the credit evaluation.…

  • The 5 Best VA Home Loan Benefits

    Modern homebuyers can face a mountain of restrictions when applying for a mortgage. Tougher credit standards and higher income requirements have pushed many prospective buyers out of the market altogether. Enter the VA home loan. Throughout the housing market meltdown, the VA loan program has remained steadfast in its mission: providing accessible and cost-effective loans to military members. Veterans and…

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

    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…

  • Jump Your VA Appraisal Hurdles in 7 Steps

    Jump Your VA Appraisal Hurdles in 7 Steps

    One of the most dreaded responses a loan officer or real estate agent can receive from an appraiser is that the home requires repair to pass the VA’s minimum property requirements (MPRs). While the purpose of MPRs is to protect the buyer and ensure the home is safe, structurally sound and sanitary, there’s no doubt that this news can be frustrating. The best way to prepare your clients is to be a VA-savvy age…