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  • Why Veterans Make Great Real Estate Agents

    Veterans make phenomenal real estate agents. Partially due to the values reinforced by military training, a considerable number of veterans have built successful post-military careers in the real estate industry. Our informal Facebook poll found that nearly a third (28 percent) of our military-friendly real estate agents are veterans, making them perfect advocates for military buyers and sellers. Let’s…

  • 5 Issues That Can Affect Military Homebuyers

    If you’re reading this post, you already recognize the value in working with our nation’s military homebuyers and sellers. Handling real estate transactions for our nation’s veterans and active duty service members is extremely rewarding. But working with military clients does require some specialized knowledge. If you want to brush up on your skills or learn more about this niche clientele, consider thes…

  • 7 Great Things About Being a Military Friendly Real Estate Agent

    During the course of a real estate career, agents provide valuable service to a wide variety of clients. But if you've ever assisted a military client, you know there's something special about working with our nation's service members. It's tough to put such a rewarding experience into words, but we'll do our best. With help from your Facebook posts, here's a list of seven great things about being a militar…

  • A Dip in Veteran Unemployment May Signal Good News for Housing

    Unemployment continued to plague Iraq- and Afghanistan-era veterans at a higher rate than non-vets in 2011, according to a recent report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The unemployment rate for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan stood at 12.1 percent in 2011, up from 11.5 percent in 2010. Non-veterans, on the other hand, actually saw a lower unemployment rate in 2011. Last year’s unemployment rate f…

  • Twitter for Real Estate Agents, Part 2: Getting Followers

    Note: This is the second part of our Twitter for Real Estate Agents series. Click here to view "Part 1: An Introduction". Twitter can help any real estate agent network with others and build a solid online reputation. But a Twitter business campaign is futile without a good group of “followers.” Followers are the Twitter users who will actually see what you post. A user with zero followers are advertisi…

  • Top VA Loan Questions from Your Military Buyers

    Every week, the Veterans United Network fields hundreds of VA loan questions. Potential buyers reach out to us via Twitter, Facebook, email or phone for answers and information. Want to see the VA loan process from the eyes of your potential buyers? Check out this summary of some of the most common VA loan questions we see from borrowers. Q: How do I deal with bad credit? A: Bad credit is a common challeng…

  • Twitter for Real Estate Agents, Part 1: An Introduction

    Twitter: it's not just for celebrities and teenagers anymore. The power of “the tweet” is proving irresistible to small businesses. Nearly 40 percent of small businesses maintain Twitter accounts, up from 32 percent in 2010, according to a 2011 Merchant Circle survey. Want to learn more about Twitter and how to channel its energy into your real estate business? Through a multi-part Twitter series, we’…

  • Dealing With Difficult Buyers: The Married Couple Who Can’t Agree

    "I want a big backyard, but HE doesn't like to mow..." "I'd love to have an office, but SHE wants a playroom for the kids..." An otherwise compatible couple may have completely different views on real estate. Those contrasting preferences can quickly get in the way of finding a great home. But by incorporating strategic guidance and patience, any agent can steer a conflicted married couple toward a home …

  • Pace of Foreclosures Likely to Pick Up as Banks Wade Through Glut

    Foreclosures rose in January 2012, a sign that banks are beginning to unclog the foreclosure pipeline. According to RealtyTrac Inc., January foreclosure repossessions rose 8 percent from the previous month, and total foreclosure filings were up 3 percent from December. The "robo-signing" impact The January increase comes after months of foreclosure filing stagnation. Many lenders put a temporary hold on fo…

  • Only the Good News for the Housing Market

    This is not another article about foreclosures, tight credit, or the housing market crisis. Nope - this is a recap of all the good news surrounding the housing market. From increasing sales to shrinking unemployment rates, the real estate industry has lots of reasons to smile. Take a moment to relish in these positive findings from the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Existing home sales increase …