Do’s and Don’ts When Choosing a Realtor for a Post-Military Move

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This BLOG On Do’s and Don’ts When Choosing a Realtor for a Post-Military Move Was UPDATED On January 24th, 2019

When you separate from the military, you’ll find that you have a lot of things to sort out.  

  • One of these things will be finding a new home, especially if you’ve been living on base for years
  • When it comes to finding a new home, you’ll want to work with a military realtor who understands your situation

In the below article, we’ve discussed some of the main do’s and don’ts to keep in mind when choosing a realtor.

Do Work with a Military Realtor

There are lots of agents in the United States, but you want to work with someone who has trained to be a military realtor.

  • A proper realtor will be a member of the National Association of Realtors and will be held accountable for their actions
  • Due to this, you can guarantee a higher level of service
  • Make sure to find a realtor who lives in the area where you are considering buying, too

A realtor from Chicago, for example, will know the ins and outs of the city, which will help you immensely when moving.

Don’t Limit Yourself with Finance

Many ex-military personnel contact their own banks to sort them out with finance for a property:

  • However, this can be a mistake
  • In order to find a good deal, you need to shop around and find one that suits your needs
  • Find a loan provider who offers you good terms and an interest rate that is acceptable
  • Don’t just choose the first provider who comes along

Do Read the Agency Disclosures

When choosing to work with a military realtor, it’s vital that you read the agency disclosures so that you know what to expect.  

  • If you have any questions about the procedure, do make sure to ask them until you are 100% sure you understand everything
  • The disclosure will explain how you will be represented through discussions

You need to work with an agent who is working on your behalf.

Don’t Just Accept Any Agent Or Military Realtor

We mentioned above how you should work with a realtor but it’s important to not just work with the first one you come across.

  • Again, make sure to shop around, find out who the agent is affiliated with, whether they have worked with military personnel before, and whether they have knowledge of the local area

If you don’t have a good feeling about your agent, don’t be afraid to walk away and find someone else.

Do Work with the Military

The military has guidelines in place to help veterans find homes and jobs when they leave.  It is very likely that they will be able to advise you on who to approach.  You may also have friends who have recently left the military who can also advise you.

Leaving the military and buying a property of your own is a huge step, but it’s one that shouldn’t be too difficult if you take the time to shop around for a military realtor.  Keep the above advice in mind and you shouldn’t go far wrong.

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