By Julie Provost, National Guard Spouse
A few years ago we decided to buy our first home using my husband’s VA loan. 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. I think having a good Realtor was the main reason for that.
She knew the area, and she knew about VA loans. She knew 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.
You always have a choice in who you go with. You want to find the right person to help you find what you really want in a home. Here are some tips to get you started in seeking out a good Realtor.
A VA Knowledgeable Realtor
When you’re looking at different realtors, make sure the one you go with understands the VA Home Loan. Certain issues, which can come up with the VA Loan, can slow the process down or even result in having an offer rejected. A good, knowledgeable Realtor can help you avoid homes that might take too long 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. During the interview process, try to get to know the Realtor and their personality. 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 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 knows the area will help you find an ideal location. They should have knowledge of the best places to live, where other military families live and what each neighborhood is like. Also, check the neighborhood reviews at PCSgrades.com to see what other military families think about the area where you are house hunting.
You 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. For others, it 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 even at a distance.
Under the Realtor tab on PCSgrades.com, there is an “About” tab where the Realtor can introduce themselves. The “Experience” tab allows you to check out their credentials and awards. The “Grades” tab shows you the grades your fellow military reviewers have given on items 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.
Military moving 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.
Julie Provost is 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.