If you are an active or former member of the armed forces, you know all too well that relocations are a fact of life in the military. In many cases, active-duty families can have as little as 10 days to search for a home. To make it harder, there are some white-hot housing markets out there right now.
Thankfully, there are certified relocation specialists out there to help you navigate these tricky scenarios, whether you are currently active duty, a veteran, or an eligible surviving family member. Here are three top reasons to use an MRP-certified agent for your next move.
1. They receive special training
The National Association of Realtors (NAR) only offers the Military Relocation Professional (MRP) certification to agents who have passed rigorous training that is focused on serving the needs of current and former military service members. They are instructed in the various ways they can best suit these clients’ needs and how to take full advantage of military and veteran benefits. MRP agents also are required to continue their training throughout their careers in order to keep their certificate in good standing.
2. Experience with military families and their needs
Whether you have a 10-day notice for a PCS (Permanent Change of Station) or have moved so often to become relocation experts yourselves, you are going to want to work with an agent who knows the specific needs of a military family – someone who has been through this process before. Relocation specialists offer a high level of appreciation for military families, they are sensitive to this specific set of issues and pressures, and are familiar with operating in these small windows of time. Many military members have come to expect and receive a high level of service from their relocation-certified agents.
3. Knowledge about local military housing benefits and how to use them
A recent study showed that only about 15% of veterans take advantage of VA loans, which can require $0 down payment and offer low interest rates. Some veterans think they are only eligible once, or that their opportunity for these specialized loans has expired. Active military service members and those returning to civilian life are also eligible for many benefits. This is why a trained relocation specialist who knows the ins and outs of these specific programs is the right choice for your family. And since maximum loan amounts can vary from state-to-state, and even county-to-county, you will want to seek out someone familiar not only with the military program and benefits, but also the area and the market you are looking to relocate to.
If you are looking for a relocation specialist in the Dayton area, only one agency has been recognized as a top broker by USAA. Coldwell Banker Heritage is a USAA Rewards Real Estate Broker and has been given the distinction of a USAA top broker four times. Contact them today with any questions about their relocation services.