Are you PCS’ing soon? Nobody likes to move, but the average person makes three plus or minus moves in their lifetime. Our military community moves every two to three years, and with approximately 500,000 household moves per year, the military is the largest moving population in the United States.
I recently had a client who is PCS’ing tell me about how real estate agents were portrayed by a representative of the Navy Housing Service Center in Norfolk. It was rather disturbing to think these folks are telling our military families not to buy in Hampton Roads. That agents just cared about putting money in their own pockets and didn’t care about our military.
So after some thought I decided to use this unfortunate misrepresentation to educate the public, our service members and the “offender” on the “facts”. The offender said “agents, can just buy a designation, or just make them up”. So, sharpen your pencil.
First, I am a REALTOR. A REALTOR is a licensed real estate salesperson who belongs to the National Association of REALTORS, one of the largest trade groups in the country. As a REALTOR, I am held to a higher ethical standard than licensed agents and must adhere to a Code of Ethics.
I completed my Certified Military Relocator designation some years ago. Because Certified Military Relocator agents must meet strict guidelines; service members know they are trustworthy. Certified Military Relocator agents have completed a challenging certification course, passed a background check, provided proof of good standing with their local real estate board and have ample experience with VA Loans.
Ironically, one of the “offenders” who made these comments once held a real estate license and was disciplined by the real estate board for “Actions constituting unworthy and incompetent conduct to include: failing to act as a real estate broker or salesperson in such a manner as to safeguard the interests of the public”.
Service members can feel confident knowing a REALTOR with a CMR designation understands the PCS’ing process. We realize the challenges of deployment and know which legal documents a military spouse needs to buy, sell or rent a home while a spouse is deployed. Certified Military Relocator agents know how to read an LES, and understand how military benefits such BAH and access to Veterans Administration Loans can assist with the home-finding and funding process. Plus, they are well-versed in marketing strategies for real estate situations faced by military personnel.
If you or a friend are transferring in or out of Hampton Roads, WE CAN HELP YOU! If you or people you know are PCS’ing somewhere else, we can help connect you to another REALTOR with a CMR designation where you are going. Feel free to TAG US or shoot us a private message. Let us make the home buying or home selling experience as stress free as possible.
In closing, we sincerely thank you for your service to our great nation.
The Agent Faircloth Team