Moving is stressful enough as it is, but when you're required to move due to military orders, things can be even more complicated. Your timeline may be limited, and your orders to relocate may seem to come out-of-the-blue. And of course, if you have children, things can get exponentially more stressful.
Fortunately, Military Relocation Professionals (MRPs) exist to make your life a bit easier during this hectic time. Specifically, this term refers to real estate agents who have taken additional training and are certified to assist with military moves. As you search for an MRP to help with your upcoming relocation, ask a few key questions to make sure you've got the right fit.
Can You Work With My Timeline?
When working with a military relocation agent, start by being very upfront about your timeline. How long do you have to relocate and what needs to be done before then? If you need to sell your current home first, for example, this will require more legwork by your MRP than if you're renting. If you're honest about your timeline, the agent should be able to tell you upfront how feasible it will be to make it happen.
Should I Rent or Buy?
It doesn't always make sense to buy a home in your new location, especially if you might get called to relocate again in the near future. This is where it's so important to find an MRP who is familiar not only with your local market but the real estate market where you'll be moving as well. He or she will have access to available listings and take your personal needs into consideration when making a recommendation to rent or buy.
How Familiar Are You With VA Loans?
If you're planning to use a Veterans Affairs (VA) loan to finance your new home purchase, don't hesitate to ask your MRP how many VA loans he or she has closed on in the past. VA loans can be a bit more complicated than conventional loans, FHA loans, and other types of mortgages, after all.
Can You Recommend Other Military-Friendly Pros?
If you're buying and/or selling a home as part of your relocation, you may also need other professionals, such as a home appraiser and inspector. Ask your MRP if he or she knows of any military-friendly professionals to work with during the buying/selling process. Some may even offer discounts to military service members, or they may be retired military members themselves!