Relocating to Robins Air Force Base
If you are planning on relocating to Robins Air Force Base, then you might be looking into the advantages of the VA Loan Program. You will also need to find a reputable real estate professional in the area who can help you to find the home of your dreams. If you are moving to Warner Robins from the west/east coast or from another country, finding a home at a price you can afford, and in an area close to the base can prove to be a logistical nightmare. Moreover, finding a Realtor® with expertise in VA loans can be a challenge as well. Here are some useful tips to make relocating to Robins Air Force Base an easier process.
Differences between “Agents” and “Realtors”
As you surf the Internet looking for homes available for purchase (over 90% of buyers look online first) before you relocate to Robins AFB, you will come across some professional real estate agencies who employ individuals who are listed as “agents” while others are listed “Realtor®”. There is a big difference. While both of these people will have a license to sell real estate, only a Realtor® is a member of that National Association of Realtor®. This is a professional organization that adheres to a very specific professional code of ethics. Only approximately 50% of all real estate agents can actually call themselves a professional Realtor®. Take this into account when deciding which professional to choose before moving to Warner Robins or anywhere else in Houston County GA. I am a Realtor®
Referrals are a Great Resource
One of the tremendous advantages of relocating to Robins Air Force Base is that you probably have an abundance of military friends and colleagues who will be more than happy to act as a referral for a reputable and professional Realtor®. Many of your friends and associates are also taking part in the VA Loan Program and will be very knowledgeable about the sometimes confusing wording on some of the documents. Because it is standard practice in military life to periodically relocate to other bases in other areas of the country, you will find a great many people are more than willing to help you to select a reliable Realtor®. They can guide you to one who knows the “ins and outs” of VA Loan Eligibility as well as the many different neighborhoods in Warner Robins and their corresponding fluctuations in real estate pricing. As a retired Air Force military spouse, I am well versed in the rules regarding VA Loan Eligibility and know all the subdivisions in Houston County
Interview each Realtor® Individually
Even though you may be halfway across the country, moving to Warner Robins due to a military transfer or new promotion, it is important to conduct a lengthy and detailed phone interview with each individual candidate who wants to become your professional Realtor®. If at all possible, conduct a face-to-face interview. This will allow you to read their body language and to get a better feel for their knowledge, expertise, and commitment. Many real estate agents only work in the sales industry on a part-time basis. If you are relocating to Robins Air Force Base rather quickly, then you need a professional who has significant amounts of time to devote to your individual search for the perfect home. Realtors® who only work on a part-time basis could significantly slow down your progress. I am a full-time Realtor® with a staff of 5.
Feel free to call me before, during or after you have relocated to Robins AFB. I know all of the communities in Houston County and can help with all your real estate needs. I can be reached at (478) 960-8055.