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  • 6 Ways to Stand Out as a Real Estate Agent

    In any type of market, real estate agents need to stand out from the pack. But how? We posed a question to the experts: our Military-Friendly Real Estate Agent Facebook community. We asked, "How do YOU stand out as an agent?" The response was tremendous. And while we couldn't include all of the valuable insights, we definitely wanted to share a few of the top comments. Without further ado, here’s a look…

  • Military Buyers: 6 Big Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Agent

    Buying a home can be a thrilling journey, but it’s also a quite complex process. And while you can choose to navigate that road alone, why would you? A real estate agent offers a wealth of personalized services that will make the purchase easy and enjoyable. And you probably won’t pay an agent a dime to represent you. In most parts of the country, agents are paid by the sellers. Let’s take a look at the …

  • 4 Ways You Can Cut VA Loan Costs

    If you’re a coupon-clipping, discount-hunting, “never pay full price” kind of shopper, you probably know the cheapest way to purchase anything. But did you know there are also ways to cut VA loan costs? From improving your borrower profile to bartering with a seller, there are several ways to shave costs from your home loan. Take a look at three tried-and-true cost-cutting measures, and make sure you…

  • The Ease of Modern Homeownership: No Covered Wagons Necessary

    American homeownership used to require a lot more than a decent credit score. Unless you were a friend of the King, willing to starve on a communally-managed plot, or brave a trip out West in a covered wagon, your dreams of homeownership were for naught. Makes house hunting on the Internet seem like a privilege, doesn’t it? It’s safe to say that owning property in America used to be much more difficult. Let…

  • 6 Most Patriotic U.S. Summer Olympic Moments

    There’s something about the Olympics that brings out the patriotism in all of us. With the start of the London Games just around the corner, we’re fueling the Olympic flame with a list of the most patriotic U.S. Summer Olympic moments. Enjoy (and go Team USA)! 6. The Michael Phelps Machine Creates Summer Olympic History In 2008, Michael Phelps became the most decorated Olympian in history. As a swimmer…

  • Will Short Sale Policy Changes Improve the Process?

    A short sale is sometimes a homeowner’s best way out of an underwater property. But short sales aren’t all rainbows and sunshine. Unresponsive lenders, fluctuating market conditions and devilish details can stretch short sales past an agent’s breaking point. Two recent short sale policy changes aim to improve the process. One new policy gives military families greater flexibility with their mortgages,…

  • Properties for Patriots: How Two Military Families Landed Their Dream Homes

    The home-purchase process isn’t easy for military families. But the journey is often worth the effort. As military-friendly real estate agents and lenders, we’re honored to guide military families on the route to homeownership. As we “serve those who serve,” we discover the true impact of a home purchase on the lives of military families. Two of those military families recently shared their stories with…

  • Why Are U.S. Homes Getting Bigger? Blame Repeat Buyers.

    The average size of the new American home grew in 2011. That’s not a typo. “But, wait,” you’re saying to yourself. “I thought we were all ‘going green.’ And economizing. And financially strapped.” Flying in the face of market conditions and a healthy push for environmentally friendly housing, the average newly constructed home in 2011 inched closer to the 2005 record for sheer mass. Recen…

  • 5 Simple Social Media Rules Agents Need to Follow

    Real estate agents can zip through the details of a closing statement, rattle off applicable state and national laws and easily explain the intricacies of title transfer. But in this day and age, we expect more of our agents. Can they tweet? Are they using Facebook for business? Do they have a Google+ page? Maintaining a social media profile is practically mandatory these days. And the great part about soci…

  • 6 Housing Market Headlines You Need to Know

    Finding it hard to keep up with all the market headlines these days? Fret no more. We’ve simplified your life by mashing them all into one simple post. Here’s the lightning-round version: New homes are selling at a quicker pace and a steady price. Existing home sales have slowed a bit, but their prices continue to climb. Okay, so this isn't exactly late-breaking news, but we can't help sharing one fu…