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  • 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…

  • 2015 Real Estate Conference Schedule

    2015 Real Estate Conference Schedule

    Real Estate Conference season is heating up and the Veterans United Home Loans team is ready! Conference season is always an exciting time because it gives us the opportunity to connect with real estate agents face-to-face and build some great relationships. If you are going to be at any of the conferences listed below, we'd love to meet with you and see what we can do to help you with your VA loan business. Flor…

  • Reversing The Trend: Urban Growth in America

    It was good while it lasted, suburbia. After a more than 90-year rule, suburban life has been pushed off its throne by a preference for city living. For the first time since 1920, most large American city centers are growing faster than their suburban counterparts. U.S. census data shows in 33 of the nation’s 51 largest cities, city centers grew faster than suburbs in 2011. Overall, the population of city ce…

  • Why Renters Are Passionate About Becoming First-Time Homebuyers

    If you’re an agent, you probably own a little real estate yourself. But do you remember what drove you to purchase your first home? Don’t worry – it’s perfectly normal to take homeownership for granted. Those who can easily qualify for financing and deftly navigate real estate markets often lose sight of the passion that fuels first-time homebuyers. In that spirit, let’s get in touch with our buye…

  • 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…

  • 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…