Military Buyers & Sellers Real Estate Blog

  • Tips From Top Agents: Darrin Friedman on Serving a Growing Niche Market

    Effectively reaching a niche market requires an understanding of what makes the buyers in that market unique. At Veterans United Home Loans we strive to provide veterans, military service members and their families with the unique and specialized service they deserve. As real estate agents, Darrin Friedman and the team at Real Living at Home share the same goal -- serving military homebuyers throughout the …

  • Realtor Party Convention: VA Loan Briefing Recap

    The Department of Veterans Affairs is a beautiful old building located near the Capitol building. But the field trip arranged by the National Association of Realtors on May 15, 2014, was less about the beauty of the building and more about updating agents on the Loan Guaranty Program and how it helps veterans secure the American Dream of homeownership. The Realtors at this meeting represented a class of agents pas…

  • Tips From Top Agents: Demystifying the VA Appraisal Process

    This month we are taking a slightly different approach to our Tips From Top Agents series. Instead of featuring one Top Agent, we are featuring four. Wendy and I will be joined by Duan Rockette, Bobby Archuleta, Samantha McDaniel and Marion Anglin. You can also watch the full hangout here. Duan is a Marine who has served for 22 years on active duty and retired in 2007. He started his real estate career immediatel…

  • My Second Homebuying Journey: Recognizing Your Client’s Priorities

    I'm lucky to have an insider's view of the mortgage and homebuying process. But as many industry people know, that vantage point doesn't guarantee our own homebuying journeys are a breeze. Finding the home that meets your family's needs and priorities can still prove challenging. I wrote awhile back about my first home purchase of a fixer-upper. This time around our priorities shifted and the scenario was much …

  • You Can Convince a Seller: VA Offers Are Always Worth Considering

    Think back on your time as an agent. Have you ever come across a listing that accepted Conventional, FHA and USDA but didn't mention VA? I think most agents have seen at least one. There are sellers and agents who are hesitant to accept VA offers, often because of misconceptions. It's no doubt difficult to explain why to a VA buyer. That's why education for all parties is key. Hesitation and needless fear can mel…

  • Using Technology to Provide Superior Service to Out-of-Town Buyers

    Military families are no strangers to moving. Those looking to purchase at a new duty station can spend countless hours searching for the right home. This can be especially challenging if they're moving to an unfamiliar community. If you're in a position to help an out-of-town buyer, technology is a great place to start. Here are a few options for you to explore. Pinterest If you're not familiar with Pinter…

  • Success with Lighthouse – Featuring Real Estate Agent Linda “Karly” Karl

    Linda "Karly" Karl is an agent with a passion for working with military families. But sometimes military service members, veterans and their families have difficulty qualifying for a mortgage. She wants to help each and every VA buyer, but many face credit issues. That's where the Veterans United Lighthouse program steps in to help. Thanks to the Lighthouse Program at Veterans United Home Loans, Karly has closed s…

  • Google Glass for Real Estate Agents

    Sarah Hill, Veterans United Chief Storyteller and Google Glass Explorer, recently hosted a hangout featuring the benefits of using Google Glass as a part of your real estate marketing strategy. Sarah is joined in this video by Elizabeth Mendenhall, the CEO of RE/MAX Boone Realty and current National Association of Realtors regional vice president; Wendy Wiederhold, Director of Agent Relations at Veterans United Home…

  • Earnest Money: Eliminating Conflict and Crafting Useful Contingencies

    Earnest money is a frequent sticking point when a contract falls through. Buyers want to know if they'll get it back, and sellers want to know they can keep it as compensation for time lost. Agents are stuck in the middle. So how do you reduce the number of conflicts that arise with earnest money? Whether you're a buyer's or seller's agent, be very clear when explaining the purpose of earnest money. For buyers…

  • 5 Fixable Issues That Keep Buyers Away

    If you're planning to sell your house for a relocation or an upgrade to a larger one, then you're probably hoping it moves quickly. Although the housing market is heating up thanks to low interest rates and low inventory, many properties still sit on the market for weeks or months. According to data from Realtor.com, the national median age of inventory in June 2013 was 80 days, nearly three months. A variety of f…