Military Benefits

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 |2016-12-15T18:34:42-05:00November 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 |2016-12-15T18:34:50-05:00November 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 |2016-12-15T18:34:59-05:00October 31, 2016|Military Benefits|

Military-Friendly Benefits: What Does That Really Mean?

You hear the phrase “military-friendly benefits" all the time. But what does that really mean? The definition is typically vague and left to individual interpretation. No matter how you define it, providing recognition and appreciation for our military is at the core. As Kristen Gillibrand said, "While we can never truly repay the debt we owe our heroes, the least we should do for our brave veterans is to ensure that the government takes a proactive approach to delivering the services and benefits they have earned, so they can access the care they need and so richly deserve." Typically, “military-friendly benefits” are defined by the programs and/or benefits extended to veterans and their family members. For example, there are government-funded support programs tied [...]

By |2016-12-15T18:37:58-05:00August 18, 2016|Military Benefits|