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  • The VA Appraisal and Electrical Systems: What Is Required?

    Are you wondering how your VA appraiser will feel about exposed wires, a sparking fuse box or knob-and-tube wiring? Ponder no more. Let’s talk about the electrical portion of the VA appraisal. MPRs and Electrical Systems The VA issues a list of Minimum Property Requirements (MPRs) to every VA appraiser. Appraisers must ensure that properties meet or exceed MPR standards to qualify for VA financing. …

  • 6 Factors That Can Sink Your Home Value

    House hunting? Ready to sell? It’s time to talk home value. No matter where you are on the spectrum of buying or selling, it’s important to know what will affect your home value. Several factors can singe your property value and potentially lead to a resale loss. Protect your investment and boost your resale return with a look at six items that can drag down your home value: 1. Busy streets Incessant hon…

  • Monitoring Your Reputation as a Real Estate Agent

    It may sound cliché, but the old adage “work smarter, not harder” is the most relevant piece of advice for agents and brokers alike. Increased costs and changes in homebuyer behavior have made it absolutely necessary for all agents to embrace this principle – especially when pertaining to marketing. Even if things are going relatively well, one thing holds true and that is you can always improve your market…

  • 5 Tips for Selling a Home In Winter

    In most parts of the country, winter is a slower time for real estate sales. Buyers hibernate, inventory shrinks, and sales languish. Selling a home in winter can be a bit more challenging, but don't panic. With a few winter-specific selling tips in your pocket, you'll be able to put the best face on any winter listing. Tip #1: Display the year-round beauty of your listing. Landscaping typically doesn’t lo…

  • A Smart Approach to Safety: 18 Tips for Real Estate Agents

    Working in real estate can be dangerous. It’s common for agents to meet strangers in isolated locations at odd hours, which can be the perfect setting for an attack. The real estate, rental and leasing industries have seen an average of 77 work-related deaths a year from 2011 to 2014, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. The best way to protect yourself? Arm yourself with a healthy level of mistrust …

  • 5 Ways to Keep Buyers Engaged During the Holidays

    During the holidays it can be difficult to keep buyers engaged and active in their home search or their loan process if under contract. People travel, they have house guests and their to-do lists get pretty long. It’s easy to see why the house hunt may get sidelined or forgotten when there are so many other things to focus on. As an agent you want to keep your buyers engaged and active in the process through the ho…

  • How Tough is the VA Appraisal? 3 Factors to Consider

    The unbeatable benefits of the VA loan program aren’t bestowed on every property that catches a military buyer’s eye. In order to garner VA approval, every home must undergo a VA appraisal. And although the VA appraisal has a reputation for being rigorous, its intentions are honorable: ensuring that homes purchased by veterans are fiscally and structurally sound. So how tough is the VA appraisal? In thi…

  • VA Loan Basics: What is the VA Loan Limit?

    Yes, there is a VA loan limit. But there isn’t a maximum VA loan amount. Bewildered? Join the ranks of service members and real estate agents who are baffled by the mysteries of “VA loan limits.” Let’s wade through the confusion with a clear and simple explanation. What is the VA Loan Limit? First off, understand that the term “VA loan limit” is a bit of a misnomer. The Department of Veterans…

  • Great Advice for Overcoming 3 Common VA Loan Hurdles

    VA loans are accommodating, flexible, and borrower-friendly, and the VA home loan process isn’t nearly as confusing as you might think. But that doesn’t mean that VA lenders will dish out money to anyone with a pulse. The VA loan program, although lenient, does require that borrowers meet certain standards. Potential borrowers who fall short of those standards needn’t panic. There are tried-and-true metho…

  • 5 Things Military Buyers Need to Know About Credit Reports

    In a shaky economy, maintaining good credit can be a real challenge. The good news? Credit is repairable, and Veterans United's Lighthouse program is here to help you along every step of the way. If you’re aiming for a brighter credit future, start with a good look at your credit report. A credit report describes your experience as a borrower, and includes details such as payment history, current balances…