By Rebecca Alwine, Army Spouse
When we say our military community is close, we aren’t joking. Over the years we’ve learned just how much we can rely on our military friends. They bring us food when we need it. They watch our kids in the middle of the night. Our military friends are in the delivery room with us. And sometimes, they help us close on our next home.
“Will You Buy a House for Me?”
REALTORS® who work with military families, learn that they often buy sight unseen. They rely on their REALTOR® to tell them the truth. But if they’re lucky enough to have a friend in the area, they may also rely on that person to help out. So, REALTORS® shouldn’t be alarmed if someone else shows up to do the final walk-through, or the inspection, or even ready to sign closing papers. It’s par for the course.
Buying a House
Here are a few examples of the times military families have used their village to finalize their housing plans.
My mom, best friend, handyman, and realtor bought our current house for us. We were in England and didn’t even see it until we had owned it for months. Each of them sent me pictures and thoughts and such, and my mom was the power of attorney to do the closing paperwork. ~Kate Horrell
Facetime and Skype
We bought a house sight unseen once and used a friend to help us see it via Skype! ~Christine Maxwell
My family face timed us through the house, and we had family sign the paperwork since we were out of state! ~Amy Murray
I rented a house sight unseen for friends! ~T.T. Robinson
My husband (boyfriend at the time) bought his house with me as his realtor and then had a close friend do all the closing paperwork while he was deployed. ~Heidi Starr
We bought our house from the opposite coast without seeing it and using our realtor. We knew no one in the area and learned A TON from doing it including what questions to ask in the future. And, if the plan is to have [a house] be a long-term home that it is probably worth the money and headache to travel to see it ourselves, even if only I can go. ~Jamie Ruffin
An added benefit to working with military families is their loyalty. And in the situation where you get to work with a family and their friends, now you have two families sharing your name in their local community. Learn more about working with military families and connect with them on PCSgrades.com.
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PCSgrades Author: Rebecca Alwine is a freelance writer, army wife, and mother of three. She’s also a contributing writer for ARMY Magazine, a regular contributor for several publications including to Homefront United Network, PCSgrades, ESME, and has also been published in Ms. Magazine and The Atlantic. You can follow her online at www.whatrebeccathinks.com.