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  • 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 …

  • Serving Relocating Military Homebuyers

    If you've ever heard a military service member say they were PCSing you probably know that it means they are going to need a real estate agent. PCS stands for a Permanent Change of Station and it means that the service member is being transferred from one duty station to another. Sometimes these are short moves, other times they are relocating all the way across the country. As a real estate agent, it's important…

  • Commuting Costs and Your VA Buyer

    There are two situations where commuting costs come into play for a VA buyer. The first occurs when the buyer wants to purchase a home a significant distance from their residence. The second occurs when the VA buyer will become a geographic bachelor. As an agent you need to know if either of these situations applies to your buyer because it can impact their loan approval. Working a Significant Distance From Home …

  • Military Families Share Their Homebuying Needs

    This month in our Tips From Top Agents webinar we'll have several real estate agents with close family ties to the military. We're going to get their expert advice and thought on working with military homebuyers and their families.  Join us Thursday September 25th at 1PM ET for this live event. Our Guests Kalai Stringer is the broker and Realtor at Prime Star Realty, LLC in Maysville, NC. She's the spouse…

  • Yes, VA Buyers Can Purchase Older Homes

    Historic, old, rundown or fixer-upper. Older homes come in various stages of repair. There's a common misconception that VA buyers can only purchase newer homes with their VA home loan benefits. The truth is, VA buyers can purchase older homes. But they'll need a knowledgeable real estate agent to identify the homes that meet both the buyer's requirements and the VA's. Minimum Property Requirements Minim…

  • Tips From Top Agents: What Builders Need To Know About Military Homebuyers

    Whether you've yet to close your first VA loan, or you're a seasoned military friendly agent, there's always something new to learn. We all benefit from helpful guidance and advice from our peers and those who've advanced in the field. Today, I want to introduce you to Cory Kammerdiener, a Navy veteran and Realtor. After Cory left the service he embraced a new career in new home sales as a Royce Builders New …