By Julie Provost
A few years ago we decided to buy our first home. We used my husband’s VA loan, and we were able to find a nice house near where we were stationed at Fort Campbell. Having never bought a home before, the process was very new but went well, and I think having a good realtor was the main reason for that.
She knew the area, and she knew about VA loans. She had expertise in knowing where to look for houses and we felt like we could trust her. Because of all that, we were able to find the right home, make the offer, and end up with a great house that we still live in today.
If you are interested in buying your own home, here are some tips to help you as you are looking over PCSgrades’ list of “A-Graded” Realtors. You always have a choice in who you go with. You want to find the person that will help you find what you really want in a home.
A VA Knowledgeable Realtor
When you are looking at different realtors, make sure the one you go with knows all there is to know about VA loans. Certain issues can slow the process down or even result in having a home rejected when using a VA loan. A good, knowledgeable realtor understands the issues that might hold up a home inspection. They can help you avoid homes that might be harder or take longer to get approved.
Make Sure You and Your Realtor Mesh
Getting along with your realtor is a must. Different personalities don’t always work well together so during the interview process make sure you can get along with the person who is going to help you find your new home. Your experience will be a lot more enjoyable, and you won’t feel pressured to buy a home you don’t really want.
Find a Listener
A real estate agent that won’t listen to you is just going to waste your time. If you need a three bedroom with a fenced in yard, it doesn’t do you any good to keep looking at two bedrooms with no fence. You should be able to tell your realtor what you want and what you are looking for in a home and from that, they should be able to find listings for you.
Knowledgeable About The Area
Having a realtor that really understands the area you want to buy a house in will help you find your ideal location. They should have knowledge of the best places to live, where other military families live and what each neighborhood is like. This isn’t to say that a realtor that is new to the area can’t help you but when they know the city or town you want to live in, finding a great house in the area will be a bit easier.
You will also want to go with a realtor who is motivated to help you find your dream home. For some, this can take a few weeks and for others, this can take a few months. Being in the military, you might have to look for homes from across the country. You want someone who is going to work hard for you and help you find your perfect home.
Under the Realtor tab on PCSgrades.com, there is an “About” tab where the Realtor can introduce themselves, an “Experience” tab where you can check out their credentials and awards, a “Grades” tab when fellow military reviewers grade realtors on things such as “negotiating skills” or “availability.” The “Reviews” tab is where military families can tell you in their own words why they are recommending a certain realtor.
A military PCS doesn’t always leave a lot of time to purchase a home. If you are in a time crunch or house hunting from a distance, it is vital that you hire a Realtor who knows their stuff and is willing to go to work for you. The best place to start that search is on PCSgrades.com.
Author: Julie Provost is a PCSgrades’ Blogger Affiliate and a popular freelance blogger with over 8500 page views a month on her blog Soldier’s Wife, Crazy Life. She enjoys life in Tennessee with her husband, a National Guard soldier and their three boys. Julie enjoys blogging, reading, photography and a good cup of coffee. You can follow her on Twitter @bloggingJulie.