Earlier this month I had the privilege of traveling to Washington, D.C. with the Veteran’s Association of Real Estate Professionals (VAREP) for the third annual policy conference. The conference gave me a chance to speak to Congress on behalf of Veterans to convince them to improve the VA loan because, while it is the best loan available to a Veteran, it hasn’t changed much since it was established in 1944. Additionally, our organization has made it so that in the near future, loan officers will be required to ask potential borrowers about their military service. This is significant because, to date, over 60 percent of Veterans were never asked, which led to many of them not being aware of their VA benefits and/or taking advantage of the loan.
As a former United States Marine and a Veteran of Foreign Wars, I have a deeply personal connection to the VAREP. I have the honor of being the president of The VAREP Seattle chapter, so I am incredibly proud of these accomplishments and the progress we’ve made in empowering Veterans to live their best lives upon returning home from service. For those of you who are less familiar with the organization, here’s some insight into what we do.
VAREP is a 501-C3 non-profit and a national organization that seeks to empower industry professionals such as realtors, lenders, title/escrow, etc., with the knowledge to serve and help Veterans while guiding them through the home buying process. This is important because as more servicemen and women come home, we need to recognize that one of the best ways to welcome them back is by making sure they receive the benefits that they earned through their valiant service to our country. Those benefits include VA loans, which enable Veterans who haven’t had the advantage of building credit or savings to more easily purchase a home. They are one of many ways VAREP makes a huge difference in the lives of Veterans.
If you’re interested in learning more about VAREP or the VA home loan, contact me or visit our website.