Military Buyers & Sellers Real Estate Blog

  • 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 Basics: What is the VA Loan Limit?

    Yes, there is a VA loan limit. But there isn’t a maximum VA loan amount. Bewildered? Join the ranks of service members and real estate agents who are baffled by the mysteries of “VA loan limits.” Let’s wade through the confusion with a clear and simple explanation. What is the VA Loan Limit? First off, understand that the term “VA loan limit” is a bit of a misnomer. The Department of Veterans…

  • Great Advice for Overcoming 3 Common VA Loan Hurdles

    VA loans are accommodating, flexible, and borrower-friendly, and the VA home loan process isn’t nearly as confusing as you might think. But that doesn’t mean that VA lenders will dish out money to anyone with a pulse. The VA loan program, although lenient, does require that borrowers meet certain standards. Potential borrowers who fall short of those standards needn’t panic. There are tried-and-true metho…

  • 5 Things Military Buyers Need to Know About Credit Reports

    In a shaky economy, maintaining good credit can be a real challenge. The good news? Credit is repairable, and Veterans United's Lighthouse program is here to help you along every step of the way. If you’re aiming for a brighter credit future, start with a good look at your credit report. A credit report describes your experience as a borrower, and includes details such as payment history, current balances…

  • Why Renters Are Passionate About Becoming First-Time Homebuyers

    If you’re an agent, you probably own a little real estate yourself. But do you remember what drove you to purchase your first home? Don’t worry – it’s perfectly normal to take homeownership for granted. Those who can easily qualify for financing and deftly navigate real estate markets often lose sight of the passion that fuels first-time homebuyers. In that spirit, let’s get in touch with our buye…

  • Top 5 Concerns of Relocating Military Homebuyers

    We recently asked our social media followers what they found most challenging about relocating. // Post by Military Spouse Central.   Here are five of the issues we saw repeated again and again. I've put them together with some tips on how you, their real estate agent, can best serve the needs of your relocating homebuyers. Finding New Service Providers How do I find a new doctor, plumber, etc?  When you …

  • Serving Relocating Military Homebuyers

    If you've ever heard a military service member say they were PCSing you probably know that it means they are going to need a real estate agent. PCS stands for a Permanent Change of Station and it means that the service member is being transferred from one duty station to another. Sometimes these are short moves, other times they are relocating all the way across the country. As a real estate agent, it's important…

  • Military Families Share Their Homebuying Needs

    This month in our Tips From Top Agents webinar we'll have several real estate agents with close family ties to the military. We're going to get their expert advice and thought on working with military homebuyers and their families.  Join us Thursday September 25th at 1PM ET for this live event. Our Guests Kalai Stringer is the broker and Realtor at Prime Star Realty, LLC in Maysville, NC. She's the spouse…

  • Tips From Top Agents: What Builders Need To Know About Military Homebuyers

    Whether you've yet to close your first VA loan, or you're a seasoned military friendly agent, there's always something new to learn. We all benefit from helpful guidance and advice from our peers and those who've advanced in the field. Today, I want to introduce you to Cory Kammerdiener, a Navy veteran and Realtor. After Cory left the service he embraced a new career in new home sales as a Royce Builders New …

  • Tips From Top Agents: Trending Technology Tools Featuring Craig Thompson

    Whether you're just starting to use DocuSign, or you own your own drone, one thing's certain: Real estate agents are embracing technology. We all benefit from helpful guidance and advice from our peers and those who've advanced in the field. Today, I want to introduce you to Craig Thompson, President of GlobalVideoHQ. Craig isn't a real estate agent, but he works hand-in-hand with agents in the Dallas, Texas, ar…