Military Buyers & Sellers Real Estate Blog

  • 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…

  • Walkability: A Step In The Right Direction For Your Listing

    "How big is the yard?” –1950’s-era home buyer “What coffee shops can I walk to?” –Modern home buyer Walkability has arguably never been hotter among potential buyers. And it’s not a surprising trend when you think about how we live. We’re getting married later, having smaller families and facing higher gas prices. The long-distance retreat with the big yard simply isn’t a necessity for today…

  • What Happened to My Credit Score? How to Handle Credit Mistakes

    Your FICO credit score: It really sticks with you, doesn’t it? And that can be a good thing. For those who develop healthy spending habits, a good credit score can provide lifelong benefits like low interest rates and greater access to credit. But what about those with a credit slip or two? Don’t panic. With time and better fiscal management, even the biggest credit slips can be buffed away. Let’s look at…

  • 9 Tips To Avoid a Bidding War

    Potential buyers are scrambling to land homes as interest rates threaten to rise and inventory falls short of demand. And that often means buyers land square in the middle of bidding wars. In May, nearly 70 percent of offers written by Redfin real estate agents faced competition. Yikes. Real estate agents are responsible for orchestrating these hot-and-heavy competitions, and getting the best possible deals for th…

  • Why Mortgages Baffle Borrowers

    A long-suspected fact about consumers has now been proven: We don’t really understand mortgages. A recent Zillow survey shows that potential buyers are misinformed about several key parts of the mortgage process. 34 percent of first-time homebuyers aren’t aware it’s possible to get a home loan with a down payment of less than 5 percent 26 percent of buyers incorrectly believe they are obli…

  • 4 Signs Your Military Buyer Needs Credit Help

    It ranks with nanotechnology, nuclear physics and bioengineering as one of the world’s most complex sciences. Yep, it’s credit. Credit determines much of a consumer’s financial possibilities, but can be difficult to keep in check. That’s where an experienced (and reputable) credit consultant can be a godsend. Of particular interest to our military-friendly real estate agents is the credit consulting provide…

  • Half of Americans Think Housing Market Will Improve in 2013

    What was once a trickle is now a gush: Positive housing market headlines are splashed across every major newspaper in the country. As the news spreads, housing market optimism is replacing the homeowner heartache of years past. Thanks to rising home prices and improving economic conditions, more and more Americans are speaking about homeownership in a positive way. “The Market is Good...and Getting Better!…

  • What Income Will Count Toward a VA Loan?

    A mortgage involves a mutual agreement between a lender and a borrower. The lender agrees to loan money for a home purchase, and the borrower agrees to pay it back. But before a lender doles out funds, the borrower has to establish their ability to repay the loan. How? Through income assessment. By looking at an applicant's income, a VA lender determines the size of loan a service member can handle. Only certai…