Category Archives: Military Relocation

Parking Tickets And Northern Virginia Home Buying

DC is notorious for parking tickets. It was reported a year ago a number of the embassies had parking tickets totaling in the 6 figures. Hopefully if you have unpaid DC parking tickets they don’t run that high. But you need to pay them and here’s why. DC reports unpaid parking tickets to the credit […]

VA Loan Limits For Northern Virginia in 2013 Announced

The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced the VA loan guaranty limits for Northern Virginia starting in 2013.  The loan limits for Northern Virginia have gone up to $843,750.  This new guaranty covers the following local counties: ALEXANDRIA ARLINGTON CLARKE FAIRFAX FAIRFAX CITY FALLS CHURCH FAUQUIER FREDERICKSBURG LOUDOUN MANASSAS MANASSAS PARK PRINCE WILLIAM SPOTSYLVANIA STAFFORD […]

Talking About VA Loans & Supporting Veterans Homeownership

Yesterday I had the opportunity to hangout with Sarah Hill Social Media Strategist for the Veterans United Network.  Sarah as well as team members of Veterans United Home Loans and a few Realtors® nationwide were sharing our experiences and thoughts on VA home loans and how best to help buyers using VA loans get past […]

Something You Can Assume In The NoVA Housing Market

We often see the word assume used in a negative connotation.  However there is one great use of the word assume in the Northern Virginia housing market.  What is it you ask? It’s a VA loan.  In the last week I’ve had three buyers close on new home purchases with VA loans.  Those loans all […]

DoD HAP Program Winds To An End

I’ve been fortunate to work with 40 service members in the Northern Virginia area over the last few years to sell their homes using the Department of Defense Homeowners Assistance Program.  In just five days the program, as it is currently set up, comes to an end. According to a Branch Chief at the Savannah […]

Expanded Theraputic Riding Program at Fort Belvoir

Among the duties of the U.S. Army Caisson Platoon, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), at Joint Base Fort Myer-Henderson Hall is the training and care of the horses used for official functions including funerals at Arlington National Cemetery.  These two were out in the paddock recently doing a bit of mutual back scratching. […]

Are You Qualifed for the DoD HAP Program & Don’t Know It?

Over the weekend I was talking to an active duty service member who wanted to know about selling his home as a short sale.  As we talked I asked my standard questions;  when did you buy your home, when did you get PCS orders and what did you pay for your home?   When he […]

Lenders Say They Are Ready To Help Military Families With Short Sales

In March 2012 the White House and major lenders reached an agreement on providing additional relief to active duty military who are upside down on their mortgage.  The only problem was the lenders weren’t ready to act on the announcement causing even more frustration for anyone in the Northern Virginia area with orders in hand.  […]

Can You Send Me A List Of DoD HAP Homes For Sale?

Over the last  few days I’ve received phone calls from buyers interested in finding a list of DoD HAP homes for sale in the Northern Virginia area.   Curious I asked why specifically are you looking for DoD HAP homes? As it turns out “a friend” got a great deal on a home.  They paid 60% […]

Free America The Beautiful Passes For Military Now Available

This morning I stopped by the Woodbridge office of the National Park Service and picked up my “America The Beautiful” season pass.  Turns out I was the first person to stop by the local office to get one and hopefully the word will get out about this great opportunity.  In support of our troops the […]