Real estate agent Bob Stanbrough has been through the trenches. Literally.
An agent based in Oklahoma City, Bob understands the unique nature of military life. He’s a former U.S. Army Officer who chose to focus his civilian real estate career on serving military clients. A significant portion of Bob’s buyers are Veterans and active-duty service members who are using VA loan benefits to purchase their first homes.
“Military families have made a great sacrifice for our country,” said Bob. “I am honored to make sure they get a home that fits their needs and work hard to make sure they get the very best deal on a new home purchase.”
Bob is a member of the nationwide Veterans United Realty (VUR) network, a free service that connects military homebuyers with military-friendly real estate agents. Buyers who use a VUR agent like Bob are often eligible for a cash rebate of up to $250 upon closing.
We couldn’t resist tapping into Bob’s wealth of knowledge with a little Q&A session. Bob was kind enough to share his advice for military buyers, his career highlights, and his childhood aspirations.
Jessi: Tell us a little about yourself.
Bob: I have been selling real estate since 2004. I feel it is one of the most rewarding fields one can be in. I was in the military for years and ended my service as a 1st LT. I was profiled in Oklahoma Magazine in the May 2011 issue and ranked in the top 7 percent of Realtors in the Oklahoma City Metro for customer service. I am also the Top Producer of the Year, 2011, for my brokerage.
Jessi: How did you get into real estate?
Bob: I worked as an investor for years buying and selling homes. I came across so many homes that were right for listing. So I got my real estate license and have been working in this field ever since.
Jessi: What do you enjoy most about working in real estate?
Bob: I have the opportunity to help people make the biggest purchase they will ever make. When I work with a family and help them get a sound home at the best price, I see how it changes lives. I pride my work on the level of customer service I provide. I love to visit with buyers and sellers to educate them on the process. I am a bit of a teacher by nature.
Jessi: What was your dream career as a child?
Bob: I wanted to be an architect.
Jessi: What charitable causes are important to you?
Bob: I volunteer every year as the Santa for Easter Seals and the Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center. I also donate a portion of every home closing to Easter Seals and ASPCA.
Jessi: Why do you enjoy working with military house hunters?
Bob: I find working with military families very rewarding. When a husband is deployed and I work with a wife and children to purchase a home, I make sure their experience is as stress-free as possible. When a family is in their new home and I’m invited to a barbecue once they’re all settled in, I see how that new home changes lives. It’s very rewarding. Plus, I make a lot of new friends.
Jessi: Are there any common misconceptions you see among your military house hunters?
Bob: The only misconception I can think of is that VA loans are difficult to do. I don’t think so at all. The majority of loans I handle are VA loans. I think most real estate professionals would love to have the quality customers I am blessed with.
Jessi: How is your local real estate market doing?
Bob: Oklahoma has a very stable market. We were fortunate to not have home prices drastically drop. Our local economy endured the recession and is showing wonderful growth. Home sales in the Oklahoma City Metro were up by over 8 percent in 2011. Sales are brisk and I stay extremely busy.
Jessi: Can you describe your experience with our partner, Veterans United Home Loans?
Bob: I have worked with a great number of the loan officers at Veterans United Home Loans. They are detail-oriented and I have never had a bad experience with any loan officers. Very professional and we enjoy a very high success rate. I know the customers that I work with through Veterans United Home Loans finish their home buying experience knowing they were very well taken care of.
Jessi: What did you have for breakfast today?
Bob: I treated myself after an OKC Thunder victory in game 2 of the playoffs. I got to go to the game. I enjoyed 2 eggs over-medium with bacon, hashbrowns and wheat toast. It was great!
Thanks for your service and your dedication, Bob!
Photo courtesy of Bob Stanbrough
Disclaimer: Bob is a member of the Veterans United Realty network, a Veterans United Home Loans affiliate.