As a former active duty United States Marine I take pride in the comradery we have as our world's largest collective force. We may give each other a lot of grief over who's the more elite or strongest branch (we all know it's the Marines *wink*wink*) but, we are all connected in a way that the general public will never fully understand.
Although I served in the Marine Corps, from 1999 to 2004, as a machine gunner with 2/4 Echo, I have forgotten a lot of the military ways of doing things. The acronyms, terminology, the processing, and the full array of benefits available to those who serve. I've had the opportunity to use my GI Bill to go to College, and my VA Loan benefits when buying my first home. To which has been almost 12 years now. (Wow, has it been that long?)
If I want to be known as the expert military relocation professional I need to get educated on the process and the changes that have happened over the past decade. Which is why I chose to take the MRP Designation course offered through NAR.
This designation certification educates those Realtors who want to work with our service members and provide them with the housing solution that will best suit their needs. When you're educated in the military process you'll know that buying is not always the best option. In many cases we, as Realtors, will push towards the buying option because we understand the benefits of homeownership. As an active duty member it might be the least favorable option.
If buying is the option the active, or veteran, member chooses then as an MRP Designated Realtor you'll know every aspect of the VA Loan process, and will have all the tools necessary to guide and educate your client all the way to the closing table.
If you're reading this and you disagree then you might want to take the course and find out why. If you're reading this and agree, then cheers. We're here to serve, and as Realtors, to serve in the publics best interest. This includes our United States Military personel.
I'm honored to be an MRP Realtor, and even more so to be a Marine Corps Veteran. If you're looking in Northwest Arkansas to BUY or SELL any Real Estate, I'll take pride in serving you as your Realtor. If you're a Veteran and live in any other state and want help finding an MRP Designated Realtor near you I can help. Call me directly at (479) 340-4744 and I'll look forward to hearing from you.