Your spouse received orders and it’s time to PCS…again. PCSing is stressful. You’re worried about what life will be like at your new duty station, how your kids will adjust and where you’ll live.
If you plan to buy a home, make sure you find the right realtor at your new location. Having a great realtor who understands military life will make the PCS transition much smoother, so you can deal with more important stuff in your infamous PCS binder.
Here are our 5 tips for finding the right realtor for your military family at your new location.
1. Use Your Network
If there’s anything military spouses know how to do, it’s network. Use your military spouse bat signal and reach out to other spouses at your current duty station. Chances are that someone you know has previously lived at your new duty station and can suggest a great realtor.
2. Reach Out to a Former Realtor
Did you use a realtor to buy or rent a home at your current duty station? If so, reach out and ask if they’ll help you find a realtor at your new military installation. Most are happy to help you find a new realtor – hey, you got them that big commission when you bought your home, remember? An experienced realtor will ask the right questions and do some preliminary interviews with prospective realtors. This way, you know you’ll be getting a realtor you can trust.
3. Ask the Right Questions
Didn’t have a realtor at your most recent duty station? Don’t worry. You can conduct realtor interviews on your own. Don’t forget to ask these important questions during your interview:
- How long have you been a realtor in this real estate market? This is a good way to gauge a realtor’s level of experience and success in the local area. For military families, a realtor with extensive knowledge of the local area is key to finding the right home.
- How much time will you devote to my search? This question is important because many times, military families may not have a lot of PCS notice. You want a realtor who is going to take the time to find the right home for you, especially if there’s a time crunch.
- When will we need to sign a buyer’s agreement? A buyer’s agreement is a standard contract between the agent and buyer that states the terms of your working relationship. Just make sure you know what’s expected of you before signing this binding contract.
4. Get a Realtor Who Knows VA Loans
This one’s a biggie if you’re planning to buy a home. Make sure your realtor is well-versed in VA loans before signing a contract with them. VA loans can vary based on your market, so be sure your realtor understands the details of the VA loan to make sure you get the best financial deal possible.
5. Look for a Certified Military Relocation Professional
The National Association of Realtors offers a Military Relocation Professional certification for realtors who work specifically with military families. By working with a realtor who has this certification, you’ll be guaranteed a realtor who really understands home-buying from a military perspective and the assurance that they have your best interests in mind.
Finding a realtor at a new duty station is a monumental task, but it doesn’t have to be stressful. Armed with these real estate tips, you’ll be on your way to homeownership.