VA home loans: A great benefit in need of a 21st-Century renovation

It should go without saying that any Veterans Affairs benefit available to those actively serving (or for those who have been honorably discharged) should be modeled on efficiency, effectiveness and ease of use …

MBA: Mortgage Apps Up Across the Board

Mortgage applications rose 3.1 percent over the week, according to data gathered in the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey. The MBA’s Refinance Index grew 4 percent, as well, while the Purchase Index grew 2 percent. The refinance share of mortgage activity increased to 45.6 percent of total applications from 45.4 percent the […]

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How real estate agents can help military families buy homes

In honor of Veteran’s Day, ERA Real Estate shared a number of tactics it employs to better serve military members and their families …

The 20% fallacy: Why you do NOT need 20% down — or do you?

One of the most persistent myths still making its rounds is that you need 20 percent down to get a mortgage. In fact, you have not needed 20 percent down since FHA went into business in 1934. In recent years, as lender scramble for millennial borrowers…

Do you know who qualifies for VA loans in your area?

Veterans Affairs (VA) loans offer hard-earned benefits to the buyer and, with flexible credit and underwriting standards, make the dream of homeownership a reality for many who couldn’t otherwise qualify. So why are some agents still hesitant to talk w…

5 resources you need during a VA loan transaction

The VA loan has incredible benefits for those eligible, but it also comes with a few unique requirements. To better serve your VA homebuyers, here are a few resources to help you along the way …

3 things VA homebuyers need from real estate agents

More veterans are taking advantage of their Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) loan benefit than ever before. If you’re looking to expand your business into this niche market, here are three things VA homebuyers need from you …