The VA Loan Program

Dispelling Myths and Misconceptions Charlie and I recently went through a training put on by the Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals to obtain our Military Veteran Housing Certification (MVHC) designation. In this post I hope to dispel some myths and confusion regarding the VA loan benefit program and its origin, intention, and uses. InContinue reading “The VA Loan Program”

The Good Neighbor Next Door Program for LEO and First Responders

In an effort to strengthen America’s communities, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development offers a substantial incentive for law enforcement officers, K-12 teachers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians through HUD’s Good Neighbor Next Door Program. In return for a commitment to live in the property for 36 months as a sole residence, professionals inContinue reading “The Good Neighbor Next Door Program for LEO and First Responders”

What Makes a House a Home

home /hōm/ noun – the place where one lives permanently, especially as a member of a family or household. By the time I was 9 years old, my family had lived in seven different houses in three different states on two coasts. To this day, when people ask me where I grew up, or whereContinue reading “What Makes a House a Home”

Somebody Has To Fight For What Is Right

I ran into constant roadblocks when I began my journey looking for properties to provide housing for homeless Veterans.  The issues I faced were the catalyst to me getting my real estate license, instead of contracting with a third party to represent me. I realized the full value of having my real estate license thisContinue reading “Somebody Has To Fight For What Is Right”

Entry Level Home Investing Reaches 20 Year High

According to a report by CoreLogic, over 11% of homebuyers are investors.  While it could be speculated that conglomerate investment firms such as Blackstone and American Homes 4 Rent account for a large portion of these sales, data indicates that is not the case.  CoreLogic’s research indicates that most investors in real estate properties haveContinue reading “Entry Level Home Investing Reaches 20 Year High”

My First Hero; Why I Care So Much

I’ve shared a few stories now about why I’ve taken such an interest in the Veteran community on my website, and my blog.  The truth is, I would consider caring for Veterans part of the fabric that makes me who I am.  I was born into a family of Veterans. Grandpa Bob’s submarine arrived inContinue reading “My First Hero; Why I Care So Much”

Is it Cheaper to Rent, or Buy?

I have come to realize that many people believe, in the current real estate market in Reno, it is less expensive for their family to rent a home than buy one.  In fact, Freddie Mac recently conducted a study that revealed 82% of renters believe they are saving money by renting. While everyone’s circumstances areContinue reading “Is it Cheaper to Rent, or Buy?”

Pros and Cons of the Reverse Mortgage

As our population ages and property values and the cost of living continue to rise, some homeowners have taken or may be thinking of taking advantage of a reverse mortgage option.  A reverse mortgage allows the homeowner to take a monthly draw from the equity they carry in their home, increasing their monthly cash flowContinue reading “Pros and Cons of the Reverse Mortgage”

Thoughts About Independence on Independence Day

One of the first documented celebrations of the 4th of July occurred in 1778 when George Washington issued double rations of rum to all of his soldiers to mark the anniversary of our nation’s independence from England.  It was not until 1870 that the 4th of July was declared a national holiday.   As youContinue reading “Thoughts About Independence on Independence Day”

Current Housing Options for Homeless Veterans in Reno are Dwindling

While I am a huge proponent of all qualified home buyers taking the steps necessary to make home-ownership their reality, owning a house is not for everyone and not all buyers are qualified.  The Housing and Urban Development Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program provides rental assistance for homeless Veterans by providing them with aContinue reading “Current Housing Options for Homeless Veterans in Reno are Dwindling”