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    Buying or Selling during the 2020 Holidays

    By MICHELLE ROBERTS on Oct 19, 2020 10:29:56 AM

    It may seem a bit premature to talk to you about buying and selling during the holiday season, but let's face it!  If you are going to uproot your life whether it be PCS, ETS, or simply just buying and selling a new home, the holidays are riddled with challenges and also benefits.  This year also brings added levels of challenge.  COVID had delayed close to 30,000 military moves, upsetting and disrupting the entire military moving industry.  Many families found themselves in limbo due to goods being picked up, their homes already being sold, and then being told they couldn't move.  These families now find themselves transitioning and looking for new homes.  Other Veterans simply waited to see what the market was going to do before making a decision to buy or sell.  Couple these factors with record low VA Loan interest rates, an election year, and already low levels of inventory and we have a literal goat rope. Let's face it.  This is no ordinary market and this season will not be an ordinary season.

    Topics: PCS Checklist PCS Military move VA Loan Housing predicitons ETS veteran home buying relieve moving stress pcs during holidays
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    PCS Moving Stress and How to Manage

    By MICHELLE ROBERTS on Oct 7, 2020 9:53:21 AM

    Wow!  I know you must be thinking that I am a sage. Maybe clairvoyant.  How do I know that you get really stressed out when PCS'ing?   As if meeting the new First Sergeant or Commander isn't enough, you have to pack up your entire life, trust that the movers will not destroy half of your belongings, locate a new home in a hopefully good area, and ensure you are still performing at your highest level.  Easy Peasy.

    Topics: military move checklist PCS Military move VA Loan ETS Moving stress
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    Waiting to use your VA Loan? No bueno.

    By MICHELLE ROBERTS on Oct 5, 2020 8:29:33 AM

    So here we are again.  I had a great weekend camping with friends and inevitably we ended up talking about real estate, the market, and buying homes.  Our Fort Carson friend finally pulled the trigger this year on his first time home purchase. He had been renting for the past five years and initially was not certain if he should buy.  Afterall, what about the state of the economy?  What about Coronavirus, interest rates, the housing market, blah, blah, blah, blah.  Guess what?!  The housing market simply continues to climb.  Homes get more expensive.  Building materials go up. Prices rise.

    Topics: PCS Military move VA Loan Housing predicitons ETS
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    FIre your barracks lawyer - Here are the facts about a VA loan

    By MICHELLE ROBERTS on Oct 2, 2020 9:11:06 AM

    Barracks lawyers. E4 experts. They know everything about the VA loan you are looking to use.  Maybe you just google it and wind up with the big nationwide company that does not have your best interest in mind and they end up charging you an extra 10k in closing costs. Why so much confusion?  While VA loans do have changing regulations....big surprise....the actual guidelines really do not change, so here you go....unravel the myths and educate yourself!

    Topics: PCS Military move VA Loan VA Loan Myths
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    Home value predictions

    By MICHELLE ROBERTS on Sep 30, 2020 8:44:34 AM

    I can't tell you how many times in my over 20 years of real estate, I have heard a buyer tell me that they just want to wait for the market to slow down before they jump in.  This crazy Covid pandemic is no different.  Many thought that the market would slow to a snails pace and that we may even see prices drop, but that certainly was not the case!  While the "experts" predicted a drop of 6%, we actually saw the highest price rise in a two month period since 1991.

    Topics: PCS Military move VA Loan Housing predicitons

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