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Real Estate in the Military

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Lawrence is the Chief Economist for THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.

Johnny Isakson, U.S. Senator (Georgia), REALTOR®

United States Senator Johnny Isakson from Georgia. He’s a former Staff Sergeant in the Georgia Air National Guard, as well as a REALTOR®. Senator Isakson sits on 6 Senate committees, including the Foreign Relations and the Commerce, Science and Transportation committees.

Karen Hall, REALTOR®

Karen Hall is the principal Broker for At Home Real Estate in Alexandria, Virginia, just outside our nation’s capital. Karen is herself an MRP-cerified Realtor. She’s also a Graduate of the REALTOR® Institute, and a Certified Residential Specialist as well.

John Bell, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

John Bell is from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, where he serves as the Assistant Director of Loan Policy and Valuation.

Options for Military Households

So we thought we’d take a look at how real estate is different – and how it’s similar – for members of the military, and for those of us who are civilians.

Of course, like all of us, members of the military need a place to live. And also, like all of us, that place can be different, depending on whether they’re single, or married or if they have kids.
But UN-like the rest of us, members of the military – and their families – have to be ready to pack up and go – fast – when their orders come in. It’s just part of the drill.

So with that in mind – you might think that most members of the military – and their families – travel light. Maybe they stay in the barracks, or other base housing. Or maybe they just rent a place, so they can get up and go – quickly.

But the fact is – more and more members of the military do something completely opposite of that. Many of them – buy houses. Yep. They buy homes near the base. Homes of their own, with a mortgage, utility bills, maintenance – all of it.

Just like the rest of us.

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Tim Perrigo, U.S. Coast Guard Station Erie

Boatswains Mate First Class Tim Perrigo is currently serving as an Operations Petty Officer at the U.S. Coast Guard Station Erie, headquartered on Presque Isle State Park in Erie, Pennsylvania. The unit missions include Search and Rescue, Law Enforcement and Homeland Security along the shores of Lake Erie and extending to the international border with Canada, an area of some 800 square miles.

Vito Pampalona, Vito Anthony Homes

Vito Anthony Pampalona is a longtime REALTOR® and owner of Vito Anthony Homes in Rochester, Michigan. Vito’s a Vietnam War veteran and one of the winners of the 2011 Good Neighbor Award presented by THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.

Candice Skinner, Candice Skinner Real Estate

Candice Skinner is the broker/owner of Candice Skinner Real Estate in Leesville and Deridder, Louisiana. She’s a 2012 member of NAR’s Class of “30-Under-30” and studying to achieve her Military Relocation Professional certification from THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. Candice is also the proud wife of a former soldier in the U.S. Army. Her husband served in Afghanistan and now is back home in Louisiana.

Christina Hoffman, is a free source of information and tools—from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® — that can help you make smart and timely decisions about your home.

Thank You for Fighting for Our Home

The Memorial Day weekend is often a fun-filled time when families and friends get together for parades and barbecues. A time when swimming pools open for the season. And of course, it’s the unofficial start – to summertime!

But as we all know, the real purpose of this holiday is to honor our fallen warriors. Those who paid the ultimate price, defending America.

It is also, as the former Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis put it, “…a time when we should reflect on what we…are doing to support our active duty veterans who hope to one day successfully complete their missions and come home safely.” She continues – “… These veterans are also seeking a piece of the “American Dream” — to own a home, have a good job, and receive a good wage from jobs created for them by a grateful nation.”

And as we we wrap up today’s program, we want to echo Secretary Solis’ remarks. And just say – thank you.

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Local Market Conditions

It’s time to take a look at the latest real estate information from across the country. Today, we’ll be looking at the latest report released this week by the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®, detailing Existing Home Sales for the month of April.

In April, home sales slipped a bit compared to the month before. Existing home sales decreased to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of a little more than FIVE MILLION homes. BUT, April marked the SEVENTH consecutive month of year over year gains in existing home sales.

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