5 Tips for Finding a Realtor at Your New Location

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Having a realtor who understands military life will make your PCS transition smoother. Here are 5 tips for finding the right realtor at your new location.

 

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.
Having a realtor who understands military life will make your PCS transition smoother. Here are 5 tips for finding the right realtor at your new location.

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.

Have you recently worked with a realtor? What are some tips you’d recommend to other military spouses? Sound off in the comments below!

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  1. I like that you said to ask a realtor how much time they will devote to finding a home for you. If you were in a time crunch, that would be really beneficial like you said. We’re not a military family like you talked about, but I think the principal applies to anyone. We don’t have a lot of time because my husband’s job has us moving from place to place every few months. We need a realtor that will put as much effort as possible into getting a place for us so that we have time to enjoy it before moving again.

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