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  • How Important is Social Media to Real Estate Agents?

    Social media has rapidly become a necessity for successful real estate agents. Consider these findings from the National Association of Realtors’ (NAR) 2013/2014 Realtor Technology Survey: 91 percent of Realtors use social media for their business. On top of that, 42 percent of Realtors use Facebook to display listings. Compare that to the 2008 survey, which showed that only 33 percent of Realtors used soci…

  • Watch for These 5 Things at Your Next Showing

    Watch for These 5 Things at Your Next Showing

    When an active duty service member receives a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) they're allotted 10 days of leave to scout their new town. Ten days isn't a lot of time when you have to visit a new town, find the right neighborhood, determine the best schools and get a new home under contract. Other buyers using their VA loan benefit have a different type of experience, with more time available to shop for homes. Bu…

  • Pest Inspection and Appraisal Tips from the VA

    I attended the National Association of REALTORS® Legislative Meetings and Expo in Washington D.C. this month. One of my favorite parts of this event for the past two years has been the visit to the Department of Veterans Affairs.  This year's meeting provided more knowledge about the VA loan process and a few suggestions on dealing with difficulties that can arise in the VA appraisal process. Clarity on Pest Insp…

  • 14 VA Appraisal Basics for Agents

    14 VA Appraisal Basics for Agents

    Any good agent knows that an appraisal can make or break a real estate transaction. As a military-friendly real estate agent, it’s certainly in your best interest to be familiar with VA appraisal guidelines. All properties financed through a VA loan must undergo a VA appraisal and meet VA Minimum Property Requirements (MPRs). Some MPRs are very precise, while others give appraisers room for interpretation. Here’s a summary of 14 major MPRs for any real estate agent to consider: …

  • 5 Tips for Using LinkedIn for Real Estate

    The world around us is shifting and communication is occurring online more frequently. Real estate agents need to stay on top of communication trends if they want to engage with younger homebuyers and sellers. Various forms of social media have many real estate agents wondering how they can use these platforms to their advantage. LinkedIn is one social network agents should consider if they are looking to connect an…

  • 10 Minimum Property Requirements You Need to Know

    Appraisals are important in any loan transaction. They identify an un-biased value for the property, frequently based on recent sales in the area. But appraisals on VA purchase loans also help ensure veterans and service members get homes that are safe, structurally sound and sanitary. The Minimum Property Requirements were established by the VA to ensure each property meets the three S's. If you aren't familiar wit…

  • 4 Tips for a Stress-Free VA Loan Transaction

    Purchasing a home can be a stressful time for buyers, but the stress doesn't stop with the buyer. Real estate agents also experience stress when a transaction doesn't go as planned. Stress is expected, especially when your income is not based on showings, but closings. Some agents are hesitant to work with VA buyers because they believe VA loans require more work and as a result, more stress. But this doesn't have …

  • Be the Go-To Military Friendly Agent In Your Community

    Whether you work with mostly buyers, sellers or both, becoming the go-to military friendly real estate agent in your community is good business. The National Association of REALTORS® recently reported that 67 percent of buyers and 70 percent of sellers choose the first real estate agent they interview. It’s more important than ever to create a marketing strategy that puts you at the top of the list. Here…

  • Amendments to Sales Contracts Can Impact Closing

    It's not uncommon for a sales contract to be amended at some point between initial signing and closing. Whether it's to change the purchase price, deal with repairs or to remedy a surprise situation, amendments are needed from time to time in this business. But did you know that an amendment received after the appraisal could hold up your closing? The VA issued a circular on Oct. 1, 2014 and a clarification ci…

  • Top 5 Concerns of Relocating Military Homebuyers

    We recently asked our social media followers what they found most challenging about relocating. // Post by Military Spouse Central.   Here are five of the issues we saw repeated again and again. I've put them together with some tips on how you, their real estate agent, can best serve the needs of your relocating homebuyers. Finding New Service Providers How do I find a new doctor, plumber, etc?  When you …