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  • 4 Misconceptions About Working as a Real Estate Agent

    Ever notice that some folks have a skewed view of life as a real estate agent? Considering how agents are depicted on some reality TV shows, that’s understandable. Agents with big incomes and lavish lifestyles undoubtedly bring in higher television ratings than your run-of-the-mill agents. And while those shows are entertaining and real estate agent tends to be one of the happiest industries to work in, they can…

  • 4 Reasons Why Your Job In Real Estate Is Awesome

    Every employee should love their industry as much as the average real estate agent. Over the years, real estate has proven to be one of the top industries to work in. According to Forbes, real estate was the second happiest industry to work in 2016. According to the Top National Workplaces survey by WorkplaceDynamics, real estate was the best industry to work in 2013 . The survey polled 1 million employees to…

  • VA Loans and Credit Score Minimums: What All Buyers Need to Know

    VA Loans and Credit Score Minimums: What All Buyers Need to Know

    A good credit score is an excellent starting point for anyone considering a VA loan. But what exactly is a good credit score? Does the VA have a credit score minimum? How do VA credit requirements stack up against other mortgage options? One of the best benefits of the VA loan program is its relaxed credit requirements. Potential borrowers don't have to possess blemish-free credit reports and elite credit scores to secure VA financing. The VA loan program seeks to accommodate as many military…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Elisha Gutloff: An Agent Serving Those Who Serve

    Elisha Gutloff is an agent who embodies the phrase "serving those who serve." As a real estate agent with Keller Williams Preferred Realty since 2005, Elisha serves the cities of Apex, Cary, Chapel Hill, Durham, Holly Springs and Raleigh in North Carolina. She's committed to helping veterans and VA borrowers achieve the dream of homeownership. Elisha is also actively involved with her community. Elisha has worked …