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What are MPRs?

When you decide to leverage your VA loan benefit, you have to follow a checklist of criteria to assess the property’s value. There are two goals: 1) To make sure your intended purchase is worth what you’re offering to pay for it. 2) To ensure the property meets VA and lender guidelines. These goals are met by having a VA appraisal done that follows the VA’s Minimum Property Requirements checklist. This list of requirements are unique and can be somewhat frustrating for unprepared home buyers. This why it is important to have a basic understanding of what they are looking for during the appraisal. While the MPR list is quite comprehensive, there are major MPR “issues” that tend to surface time and again. [...]

By | November 4, 2016|Military Benefits, Uncategorized|

Because You Served Benefits Now Available to Southern California Vets

Because You Served—the only free real estate marketing platform designed to save veterans money— has extended Because You Served benefits to veterans located in Southern California. Breaking the standard model that charges home sellers for listing their homes, Because You Served works with approved realtors to save veterans three percent of closing costs. “We created Because You Served in an effort to give back to those who have valiantly fought for our country,” said Jarrett Hodson, Founder and CEO of Because You Served, LLC. “Most people don’t realize that veterans typically move ten times more often than civilian families. Each time they move they are forced to pay six percent closing costs. By listing with a Because You Served approved realtors, veterans can [...]

By | November 2, 2016|Military Benefits|

Official Guide to Free Meals on Veteran’s Day

  Businesses around the nation are saluting those who have served with a wide array of free meals this Veteran’s Day, which is Friday, Nov. 11, 2016. There are so many offers you could literally eat your fill going from one location to the next if you dare. A variety of businesses are participating in one way or another to recognize veterans. (We’ll cover the additional discounts and programs that you might want to access in another post.) Before you check out the list of businesses that are participating, here are a few tips to keep in mind: Take your military id to show proof of service. Most of the free meals are only available on Friday, Nov. 11, 2016. Not all franchises [...]

By | October 31, 2016|Military Benefits|

Home Selling To Dos

Selling your house is a process and doesn’t happen overnight. In fact, the process can seem overwhelming unless you arm yourself with the right information. There is much to do to make your home look great so it will attract the right buyer. The good news is that you can adequately prepare before you embark upon the home selling journey. Preparation can increase your odds of success. Here are some tips to keep you on track as you prepare to sell your home will help keep you focused on the end game. Engage a Realtor: Find a professional who knows the ins and outs of home selling. This is essential to making your real estate transaction painless. Real estate agents are a wealth of [...]

By | October 27, 2016|Home Selling|

Home Selling & Buying Tips for Veterans

House hunting is tough for everyone. If you’re a civilian, retired veteran or active military, the pressure for getting your house sold and finding a new place to live can be intense. Any veteran knows that moving around is part of the job. But moving can be much more complicated when a military family member is deployed. This added nuance can increase stress and potential add risks and challenges. So what can you do to ease the stressors of moving? Find a military-friendly realtor. Real estate agents who frequently work with military families already understand your special needs. They can save you time and money in the process because they understand the accelerated timelines. Let the realtor do the legwork for you. Your [...]

By | October 25, 2016|Homebuying|

Why Is Curb Appeal Important

An attractive exterior can make or break the sale of your home. In fact, improving your curb appeal can add to your home’s value. In real estate, curb appeal is known as frosting. Homes with high curb appeal typically take less time to sell while commanding higher prices. Curb appeal refers to your property’s overall appearance from the street. Buyers form their first impression of a home while standing in the street, sitting in their car and viewing pictures of your property online. In fact, potential buyers make decisions about whether to even view a home based on listing photographs. You have less than eight seconds to capture their attention and draw them into look at more information about your property. The bottom [...]

By | October 20, 2016|Homebuying|

Home Buying Mistakes to Avoid

Buying a home is one of the biggest purchases you’ll make in your lifetime. Make the process go smoothly by learning from the mistakes others before you have unintentionally made. Doing so will ensure you move into the home of your dreams. If you’ve never purchased a home before or you’ve taken the plunge many times before, a quick review of these costly pitfalls to avoid will be helpful. Stay within Your Means. The thrill of shopping for a new house can make anyone giddy. From granite countertops to smart home technology to wine rooms— it is easy to get distracted by all the bells and whistles. Each additional feature increases the cost of the property. Adding an additional $5,000 to your mortgage [...]

By | October 17, 2016|Homebuying|

Because You Served Benefits Now Available to Ohio Veterans

Wilson National, LLC Joins Because You Served to Allow Vets to List their Homes for Free OCTOBER 11, 2016, HUNTERSVILLE, NC & HILLSBORO, OH—Because You Served—the only free real estate marketing platform designed to save veterans money, and Wilson National, LLC—a real estate and auction group—today announced their agreement to extend Because You Served benefits to veterans located throughout Ohio, focusing initially on Southwestern Ohio. Wilson National’s presence throughout Ohio will allow Because You Served to quickly expand throughout the Buckeye State. “We consider it a privilege for Wilson National to work with Because You Served to do something for those who have served in the military to protect our freedoms,” said Mark Wilson, Principal of Wilson National, LLC. “As a family run real [...]

By | October 11, 2016|Uncategorized|

Home Improvements: Can They Increase Your Chance of Selling?

If you are planning to sell you home in the future, you’re probably wondering what steps you can take to help your home sell quickly and boost the selling price. The question you need to answer is “How much does this improvement I’m considering add to the value of my home?” Before you start spending a significant amount of money on home improvement projects, you need to keep a few things in mind. The return on your investment depends on the: Value of your house Market price of houses in your neighborhood Status of housing market where you live Quality of the home improvement project itself Realize that not all home improvement projects can positively impact your bottom line. Some projects can increase [...]

By | October 9, 2016|Real Estate|

Real Estate Agents Impact Your Bottom Line

Real estate agents wear many hats. From expectations manager to sales negotiator, respected realtors are nimble and flexible. They are committed to doing whatever is needed to get your home sold or put in you in a new one. While they are among the nicest people in the world, realize that they are not doing these things for free. At the end of the day, they have their eye on the prize of getting paid. And they don’t get paid until the home sale or purchase goes through. When you buy or sell your home, you typically don’t evaluate the details of your realtor’s role in the transaction. But it is important to know the various roles an agent can play in a [...]

By | October 6, 2016|Real Estate|
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