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Military Relocation Specialist

What IS a Military Relocation Specialist? AM I?

As a Military Relocation Specialist myself, I get this question from customers and other agents as well! A Military Relocation Specialist is a real estate agent that specializes in handling the real estate issues of the military community, is well informed on military real estate moves, benefits, requirements and anticipates your needs and concerns.

I have seen “Military Relocation Specialist” designations. Is there an official nationally or military accepted designation?

I have been a Military Relocation Specialist, for 20 years now and NO there wasn't!!! - Keep in mind that there was “NO” nationally nor internationally accepted designation, since there were neither common accepted standards nor requirements.

MILITARY RELOCATION PROFESSIONAL - MRP

On 17 September 2014 the National Association of REALTORS created a program so that agents can identify themselves as a "Military Relocation Professional". Until now some real estate firms had a class. Now the REALTORS Association seeing a need created a course that informed REALTORs on VA requirements, acronyms, benefits and other serious issues that are unique and important to the military community. Just as REALTORS have a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), Accredited Buyer's Representative (ABR), or Graduate REALTORS Institute (GRI), the Military Relocation Professional now has that same standard.

Also, there are independent internet sites that agents can join for a fee that will advertise such a benefit, create a logo, and an advertising plan (after all, people are starting to see the military as big business). Those agents that join will then reflect their opinion that they are a military relocation specialist. Usually military members desire a full time professional local REALTOR with a “been there and done that” experience and a firm understanding of the military relocation process as well as real estate issues.

Why is a Military Relocation Professional so important?

When military orders come down range the military member may have never been in that area, city nor neighborhood. They may have quite a bit of time or no time at all to make arrangements, they may even have to buy or sell while overseas! They have many questions, needs and concerns. Concerns such as:

How and where are the schools?

Are there military on/off base clinics, commissaries, exchange, and other services? And where are they?

Will my BHA cover my housing bills?

How is TMO timeline and coordination going to work especially if there was no prior housing TDY/TAD trips to purchase or rent a home?

Commuting time to and from bases with alternative routes and with or without tunnels and/or bridges? (Extremely important in a few MOS’s)?

I have to sell and I can't be there how can I make that happen?

Can I rent my home?

What are my VA Benefits, where can I get a VA Loan and how does the loan work?

What should the Military Family do to protect themselves?

It is the responsibility of the military member and their family to use due diligence! When you think that an agent is a Military Relocation Specialist, ask them questions they should know and check for the MRP designation! Most relocation packages are an assortment of houses, tourist magazines, advertisements and many with little or no real tangible benefits.
These relocation packages were fine at the time without the internet, however most military find that a well-organized relevant “Military Relocation” local web site, without the massive advertising is the best method. They want to know what the place and their life would be like as if they have lived there all their life and reduce the surprises and rip-offs!

Thinking of selling or renting your home? Then give Carlos Cardo a call! I use the very latest technology and get it sold or rented!

Ask your agent what qualifies them to be a “Military Relocation Specialist”?

Do they have the "Military Relocation Professional" (MRP) designation? Was it just a two hour class or a paid membership? Did they experience it themselves? Do they understand the issues concerning household moves, supplementary shipments, BHA, COLA, Security and other issues and timelines? Will they be able to assist you with other questions even after the sale? The majority of my military clients call me throughout their tour for local information, local services, other information and advice.

Ask REALTORS questions. Remember, if an agent is confident that they CAN provide such services, they will not be defensive, rather they are more than happy to go into detail and explain what it is that qualifies them to be so and answer any of your questions. Read their bio, then email and call them. Don't hire someone just because the paid a fee to join a group! Hire someone that can do the job for you. There is a lot you can learn from a spontaneous answer!
– This is YOUR responsibility as a Military Family!

PLEASE NOTE:

Just like military accreditations and MOS credentials, designations such as: CRS, GRI, ABR, SRES, CNHS, CSP, RCC, e-PRO, CDPE, SFR, MRP and others make a difference! Buying and selling a home is an expensive process, so a little homework on your part will save you a ton of money and stress!

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