5 Reasons You Want a Veteran-Friendly Real Estate Agent
The home-buying journey can be uncertain, full of twists and turns you may not see coming. Even if you're using a Veterans Affairs loan—and taking advantage of the unique benefits that come along with it—you could still run into some big roadblocks along the way.
That's why you need a savvy real estate agent to guide you. While any agent technically can help with a VA purchase, an agent who’s particularly experienced with military buyers can help you better navigate the process. A military-friendly real estate agent will know what's on the path ahead, from pre-approval to closing, and remove any obstacles in your way so you can get the house of your dreams.
Read on for five good reasons to consider a real estate agent who specializes in working with VA buyers.
- We understand the unique needs of veterans and service members
During the home-buying process, an agent should help you nail down criteria such as square footage, number of bedrooms, price range, and school district, but many veterans have housing needs go far beyond the simple opening of a lock box for a showing. An agent who has experience working with military clients can help find the right home, with a special eye toward a veteran's specific situation. For instance, a VA-savvy agent can help disabled veterans find housing grants or a home with adaptive renovations so that they can live independently in a barrier-free environment. Some veterans suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and have specialized needs that we understand. We are in synch with seemingly random requests that might not appear significant.
- We understand are prepared for an accelerated buying or selling timeline
Active-duty service members may have to relocate often and quickly, and that sometimes means buying and selling on tight timelines. A Real Estate agent the understands current Broward County market is essential to getting things done efficiently. Value for money is a top priority for everyone, and military deserve the opportunity to maximize their life style. Buying and selling for the right price and in a timely manner is vital.
- We understand can steer you toward a knowledgeable lender
Most lenders will say they do VA loans, but those who lack experience often don’t understand the special circumstances or documentation required. The Addition of a couple of steps that are out of the ordinary scares many lenders away from VA loans. Proenza Group has team members with veteran partners who have experience with the available benefits. We know how to get things done.
- We understand the VA appraisal process
In most purchase situations, buyers understand that they may need to make some repairs to the home after purchase to get it move-in ready—from replacing electrical systems to repairing or replacing a worn roof. But to qualify for a VA loan, the house must meet a set of VA-designated Minimum Property Requirements.
Sometimes the excitement of a moving to a new home in Broward County can cause a buyer to focus on the bells and whistles of a home, a VA specialist has an eye for spotting the red flags that might need to be addressed before a VA loan can close. Property condition problems aren't automatic deal breakers, but repairs will often need to be made to keep the deal moving forward.
- We ensure a condo or townhome is approved
Agents who are unfamiliar with VA procedures may be unaware that a condo community has to be "approved" by the VA, which means the organization has vetted the community for the following, among other elements:
- Homeowner association bylaws
- Financial statements
- Any pending litigation
- Occupancy numbers
We will save you time by focusing on approved properties, so that you fall in love with the right place.