If you’re reading this, you have either decided to buy a home, or are considering doing so. More and more military families are deciding to buy a home in lieu of moving into base housing, or even renting off base. They feel that the investment is more worthwhile, and will benefit them in the long run. The first step in buying a home is deciding on a military-friendly realtor to work with.
While there are likely many military-friendly realtors in your area, you will only be able to work with one to buy your home, should you choose to work with one. Who is the best realtor for you? Use these tips to find out which realtor you should work with:
A quick Google search with the word “realtor” will give you a long list of realtors located in your area. However, you likely already have an idea of what you are looking for in a realtor. As a military family, you want a realtor that is either experienced with or specializes in military relocation. Or, this may be your first home buying experience, and so, you will want a realtor who is also experienced in first-time homebuyers. Either way, make a list of all of the things you want in a realtor, and do a search based on those needs.
Chances are, there are a lot of other military families in your area who have used local realtors to buy a home. However, not everyone who uses a realtor leaves a review on Google, Yelp, or Facebook! Don’t be afraid to reach out and ask who others have used, and what their experiences were.
It’s not realistic to say that you will be able to interview every realtor on your list. However, you can pick two or three that stand out to you. Before your interview, prepare a list of questions for them, such as – how long have you been a realtor? How many military families have you helped buy/sell a home? What does the market look like right now for the area? Also, talk to them about your needs, wants, and home wishlist items, and ask them how they will be able to facilitate these things for you.
When all else fails, sometimes it’s best to call in the professionals. If you’re looking to take the guesswork out of finding a realtor, let MHN help you find the perfect person to help facilitate your PCS needs! Our PCS mentors and client care specialists are standing by to help connect you to an experienced realtor in your area who specializes in helping military families PCS better. To get started, visit our website, fill out the form, and get connected with a realtor today!