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  • Is Social Media Marketing Really Ruining Real Estate?

    A recent article entitled “How the Web is Ruining Real Estate” has ignited quite the firestorm among agents. The article, published by Realtor magazine, detailed comments made at the RE Tech South Conference that accused social networks of harming the real estate industry. Was Realtor magazine correct? Is social media marketing really ruining real estate? Let’s take a closer look at the debate. Is s…

  • Study Shows the Right Words Can Strengthen Your Real Estate Listings

    How important are the descriptive terms used in your real estate listings? Beautiful, move-in ready, charming … they’re all the same, right? Maybe not. A study conducted by real estate economist Paul Anglin found that homes described as “beautiful” sell for 5 percent more than the average home. But listing a home as a “good value” may result in a 5 percent discount. Conducted between 1997 and 20…

  • Military Clients Give California Real Estate Agent Sense of Purpose

    Agents from coast to coast have vastly different experiences and outlooks to share. In an effort to spread knowledge among our military-friendly real estate agents, we're proud to introduce a series of Agent Profiles to the Veterans United Realty blog. Our first profile subject, Bob Stanbrough, showed how veterans can rely on military backgrounds to build successful real estate careers. Our second profile p…

  • Get a VA Loan in 5 Simple Steps

    “Where do I start? What do I do?” First-time homebuyers can be understandably confused about starting the mortgage process. The VA loan program, with its unique requirements, can be even more elusive. But with the right agent and a skilled lender at hand, the VA loan process can be as simple as completing five basic steps. Let’s break those VA loan steps down for our military buyers: 1. Prequalification …

  • 8 Interior Real Estate Photography Tips

    Experienced agents may not always be expert shutterbugs, but they certainly know how to spot good listing photos. Our Military-Friendly Real Estate Agents recently shared a gold mine of advice for increasing the effectiveness of interior listing photos. By following these real estate photography tips and carefully selecting the images you share with buyers, you can help put the best face on any home. Tip …

  • New HomeSnap App Lets You Snap and Snoop Any Home

    Peering through the windows to get the scoop on a home? Avoid the hassle of a trespassing arrest with an ingenious app for your iPhone. HomeSnap is a new, free app that provides details on any home “snapped” by your smartphone. The best part? HomeSnap works for any home – whether it’s on the market or not. Want to know how much a home is worth? Square footage? Number of bedrooms or bathrooms? Just ta…

  • Veteran Real Estate Agent Relishes Helping Military Families Buy Homes

    Meet Bob Stanbrough, Oklahoma City Veteran Real Estate Agent Our military-friendly real estate agents come from a variety of backgrounds and have boatloads of experience and tested advice to share. We couldn’t resist picking a few of those knowledgeable brains! Our first subject, Bob Stanbrough, brings his own military experience to the table when working with fellow service members. An Army veteran based…

  • Tips for Working With First Time Sellers in a Tough Market

    Novice Seller X: “You mean I’m going to lose money on this sale?” First-time sellers can experience quite a shock when putting their homes on the market. Stunned by low prices and big competition, novice sellers quickly realize the economic climate has changed drastically since their initial purchases. A buyer’s market still prevails in most areas of the country, which can be harsh news for sellers and…

  • 5 Reasons Buying is Better than Renting for Service Members

    These days, veterans and active duty service members have more reason than ever to consider homeownership. Interest rates are low, homes are cheap and rent continues to climb. Those who make the move from renter to homeowner stand to gain significantly. By making a smart investment, homeowners can latch onto all kinds of benefits, from emotional rewards to financial returns. A successful home purchase start…

  • Twitter for Real Estate Agents, Part 3: What to Tweet

    Note: This is the third part of our Twitter for Real Estate Agents series. Click here to view “Part 1: An Introduction” or “Part 2: Getting Followers.” You’ve signed up for a Twitter account. You can decode a basic tweet. You’re ready to launch your Twitter business campaign. But what will you tweet? There are a few basic rules to follow when “tweeting” for business purposes. Make sure yo…