One of my all time favorite transactions was representing a wounded..

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One of my all time favorite transaction consisted of representing a wounded Veteran in the purchase of his home with a VA loan. To some of you this might not mean much, but in the greater Los Angeles area most sellers and their agents will not take a VA loan.

First, they prefer conventional loans with 20% down payment.

Second, sellers and listing agents do not have to worry about Appraisals since with 20% down payment lenders are a bit more lenient. They do not have to worry about making corrections at their costs to meet VA standards and the list goes on and on.

Third, in a sellers’ market with multiple offer situations getting a VA Loan Offer accepted is short of a miracle.

With that said, we have been looking and missing out on many great homes strictly because of the above points I mentioned. Then through my network I got wind of a listing in our search parameters. I spoke to the agent and he spoke to his sellers…

The result was, that they were willing to work with us, the sellers could have put their home on the open market and get more money and less challenges to close the transaction. They responded to their patriotism and kindness to help a Veteran.

I was grateful for the listing agent and the seller’s kindness to have such a happy ending. I have written a couple posts about this transaction, but it never gets old for me. Here is a link to the last post I wrote about how much my client appreciated this purchase. If you do not remember it or did not read it please check it out ( )


Many people do not understand that for us career Realtors the money is secondary. The real rewards are watching the joy that we provide with our services to our clients. Hence this transaction will always be my favorite.

If you are looking for a Realtor who is Military & Veteran Friendly in the Greater Los Angeles area, please reach out to me directly! I am a Veteran and understand your wants and needs!


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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Endre Barath, Jr. what a nice story.... and an adorable dollhouse for an American hero....

Feb 27, 2018 03:34 AM #4
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

Congratulations! The feeling of helping a veteran is priceless and I am glad that good feelings were shared by everyone in the transaction - there certainly was enough good to go around

Feb 27, 2018 04:40 AM #5
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning Endre.  I remember your posts about this transaction.  You did a great job for this vet.

Feb 27, 2018 04:41 AM #6
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Endre. Kudos to you for your patience and determination. The Vet certainly appreciated it. Enjoy your day!

Feb 27, 2018 04:54 AM #7
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, Endre... I adore working with Veterans and work with a number of them each year, despite the fact that Charlotte is not really a "military" town. I have a wonderful lender who has closed my VA loans in under 30 days for years... and that has helped me get my Veterans' offers accepted by sellers.

Feb 27, 2018 04:55 AM #8
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Endre. I think this story is very special and I certainly enjoyed reading it.

Feb 27, 2018 05:23 AM #9
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Endre - thank you for your patriotism.  Helping the wounded veteran achieve a  dream has its own reward.

Feb 27, 2018 05:29 AM #10
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Prado Real Estate South - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Where is the LOVE button Endre?! Service to others is so rewarding. Thank you for the story, I come from a long line of military people and the sacrifices they make are real!

Feb 27, 2018 07:14 AM #11
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Grant,
I did not have occasion to work with a lot of veterans but when I did, I truly enjoyed being able to see them use their veteran's benefits to assist them in buying a home! 

Feb 27, 2018 07:21 AM #12
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Endre I can see why that transaction is very special to you.  VA loans can be a little bit of a challenge, but many of the issues and much of the stress can be eliminated if the Loan Originator is experienced in doing these loans.

Feb 27, 2018 03:56 PM #13
Claude Labbe
Real Living | At Home - Washington, DC
Realty for Your Busy Life

true service.  surely not the biggest commission but likely the most rewarding in several years.  a big shout out to the seller and their agent also!

Feb 27, 2018 08:18 PM #14
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

That's a very special story, Endre, and encouragement for others who will be using VA loans and Realtors like you! Thanks for sharing this! Getting a VA loan accepted in competitive situations is not easy - I've had 3 in the last several years!


Feb 27, 2018 10:16 PM #15
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

I do remember this story but, you are so right - you can tell it as many times as you want, Endre - our hearts will swell every time! There's something incredibly special about working with our veterans and each and every time, it's such an honor for me.

It takes that special someone to be able to entice a seller to accept the VA loans and I know your buyer is ever so grateful to you for your efforts - he landed a fantastic house too and all thanks to you!

Feb 27, 2018 11:21 PM #16
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Endre, great story and I agree with your statement... "for us career Realtors the money is secondary. The real rewards are watching the joy that we provide with our services to our clients."

Feb 28, 2018 08:45 PM #17
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Endre, this is a beautiful story and many of us who have found we were in a similar situation - VA Loan -  we remember.  As Realtors, we know we were lucky to be a part of the story.  Thoroughly understand how you feel.  

Feb 28, 2018 09:02 PM #18
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

I know Veterans will always have a place in your heart, wounded or not. Having had a son serve I understand that. I am thankful these sellers were willing to work with your buyer to get him into a home. Those sort of transactions as you say are worth more than the ones where we might earn a massive commission. The satisfaction of helping another human being acheive something their heart is set upon is enormous.

Mar 01, 2018 11:22 AM #19
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Sadly Endre Barath, Jr. VA loans can be at the bottom of the stack (so to speak) with multiple offer situations.  Fortunately, there are sellers that want to work with our Heroes and gladly accept the VA loans the contract offers.

Mar 01, 2018 07:52 PM #20
Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale

Endre Barath, Jr. -San Antonio is known as Military City with the number of military installations and retired veterans who call this area home. For that reason, few Sellers reject Buyers using VA loans.

Mar 03, 2018 02:35 PM #21
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

VA loans are fairly common where I am. It is actually quite a shame that it's so difficult for someone using one to purchase a home in your area. I am thrilled you were able to help this veteran purchase a home.

Mar 05, 2018 03:13 AM #22
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

Against all Odds you made it work for this veteran and those are the best transactions you can ever achieve. You have a big heart and care about your clients... this is the kind of thing that makes our job worthwhile! 

Mar 29, 2018 12:32 AM #23
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