Nancy Robinson Ranked #6 in MI, #11 Century21 Realtor in the US, #16 in the World (Century 21 Town and Country)

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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

I will go out on a limb for a Veteran anytime for any reason. 99% of the time, very sadly, sellers don't give a rat's bottom about the veteran ... they only want the most money they can get.  If a Vet is the one to provide that ... great. Otherwise, no deal.  It is unfortunate.

Nov 11, 2017 06:25 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Well, I made an offer yesterday for a veteran... it would appear another offer is coming in... of course, I'm advocating for my client. But not sure what you mean "go out on a limb."

Nov 11, 2017 05:22 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Always and without fail! I Closed on one this summer that the vet was competing with over 10 other Offers - I advocated for him, the loan process (which has a stigma that we're desperately trying to over come with VA loans) and even got the attorney fees cut for them because he was a vet.

Finally, our own John Meussner found them a Title rep in CA that allowed them to sign remotely to save them airfare and the outrageous pricing for Notary signatures they had been quoted in CA.

Win-win-win for our vet clients, Nancy!   

Nov 11, 2017 09:34 AM
Richard L. McKinney P.A.
Atlantic Shores Realty Expertise - Port St Lucie, FL
For Results that MOVE you on the Treasure Coast!

Nancy Robinson Ranked #111 by Real Trends/Wall Street Journal If I am representing the buyer (veteran) then yes absolutely.  That said, I go out on a limb for all of my buyers. I call the lister (and I know most of them) I discuss the buyers interest and let the lister know that they can be assured that I will educate my buyer, pace and lead the buyer all the way to the closing. Listing agents want assurance. I give them both assurance and a spirit of cooperation. 

However, if I am representing the seller, then I am negotiating the best overall deal for the seller. By deal I mean, the best price AND the best terms with as few contingencies as possible. The less hassle in a contract, the shorter and fewer the contingencies the better. 

Nov 11, 2017 06:55 AM
Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Tampa, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Tampa Home Buyers

The biggest down side to a VA loan is that the listing agent does not get it...they think that just because it is "0" down that the buyer is a risk. Not true.

Last month I closed 2 VA loans, both with "O" down, priced in the $400's. They both closed within 30 days. Both buyers had plenty of income and money in the bank.   They were veterans and thought that it was the way to go.

Anyone with their finger on the pulse of loans knows that the easiest loan to qualify for is a VA loan.  The ratios and requirements are the easiest...If the veteran is breathing, they qualify.

One time, at a meeting...the president of a realtor association said that if a buyer brought them a VA loan, they would tell the seller NOT to take it...a totally riduculous statement.


Nov 11, 2017 11:16 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

In San Diego, quite often.

Many of my sellers are Vets too, so it's not really a "going out on a limb" situation. We just counter offer appropriately to eliminate the "what ifs" and if they the SEALs say "we bust it" and get'em in escrow.

Nov 11, 2017 09:09 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I would have no problem with doing whatever was necessary to get a Veteran into a home....and I'd be livid if the team members did not have the same attitude....I'm sure they do...

Nov 11, 2017 08:50 AM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker


Nov 11, 2017 07:56 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Many sellers need to be educated about VA  offers and tend to ignore them out of ignorance!

Nov 11, 2017 06:42 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

It so depends on the seller. A bank will look strictly at their net. A private seller may be different in that regard--perhaps they too are a veteran. But everybody is bottom line these days. My office works with many VA buyers, and we advise them to make their offer very competitive. As a listing broker, would I make sure the seller was aware that there was a veteran buyer on the table? Sure.

Nov 11, 2017 05:35 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I always play the veteran/first responder card (with the client's permission).  Can't say it's ever been the deciding factor though.  In today's world, it may even backfire.

Nov 11, 2017 09:27 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I do the best I can to represent the offer as I do any client. Have had several VA buyers in th last 2 years although I don't think there were multiple offers

Nov 11, 2017 07:40 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I have assisted many veterans to become home owners.

Nov 11, 2017 07:33 AM
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

First, I don't think VA loans are risky so I would educate my seller about each of the offers and let them decide based on the merits of each offer.

Second, your job is ALWAYS to protect your client's interests. Nowhere in your agency relationship or the code of ethics does it say you can deviate from this to help someone out because they are a Veteran, single mom, minority, etc.

If the client broaches the subject, I would talk explain the risks vs. rewards like any other offer. I would never tell them to take a lower / weaker offer just to help someone out. This is a professional business, not a soup kitchen.

I say this as a (slightly) disabled combat veteran of 21 years.

Nov 11, 2017 07:14 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I do my best to help them any way I can.

Nov 11, 2017 07:06 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

 I have to do what is best for the Seller.  Hopefully that will be the offer from the Veteran.

Nov 11, 2017 06:26 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I had a VA buyer who was up against three others tell me that she knew she wouldn't get the place and was having a hard time buying. Sad but true

Nov 11, 2017 06:02 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

What's the bottom line for the seller?

Seems like you have to sell the offer to yourself. That's not a good positive sign.

Nov 11, 2017 05:51 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

In formulating the offer and cover letter I take care to leverage the peferences the seller has communicated. Flags in a three sided box are the most important.

Nov 11, 2017 05:25 AM
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Absolutely and recently had the opportunity to do so again.  It was unfortunate that the lender for the buyer was inept (I represented the seller) but the sale was completed and all parties were happy.  Of course, I now have that lender's name on my "do no business with" list!

Nov 12, 2017 05:29 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I will do what   ever is neccessary for our Vet''s and others alike

Nov 11, 2017 09:59 PM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Absolutely!  I am a Vet and honor all vets.  In fact, today is Veterans Day and there is no better way to honor them than to also make sure their offer is presented in a favorable light when reviewing all details with the seller.

Two days ago I got two offers ... one was conventional and the other a Vet.  Guess who won?  The Vet!  Of course, the offer was better!

Nov 11, 2017 07:57 PM
Dave Halpern
Dave Halpern Real Estate Agent, Inc., Louisville, KY (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

Here's what I put in my cover email for the offer I submitted 2 weeks ago:

It was a multiple offer scenario and our offer was accepted. Per the listing agent, our offer was the highest net to the seller. So, although the veteran reference didn't hurt, it probably didn't tip the scale either.

"The buyer, XXXX, is a well deserving Wounded Warrior Alumni who served our country with honor and distinction in Afganistan. XXXX continues to volunteer and serve as a volunteer manager of a local VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) post.
The home at XXX XXXXX Ave will be a wonderful home for XXXX and his family of six."
Nov 11, 2017 04:35 PM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

I'm not sure what you are asking.  If you are talking about working with veterans, I think they are awesome and typically are great to work with in a real estate transaction.

Nov 11, 2017 10:50 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Nancy Robinson Ranked #111 by Real Trends/Wall Street Journal We have a lot of active and retired military in our area. We see a lot of VA loans.

Nov 11, 2017 10:41 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

I don't really understand the issue. Why not work with "a Veteran"? They often have more financing options than others.

Nov 11, 2017 10:32 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I don't think that is going out on a limb.

Nov 11, 2017 10:11 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Never done that.

Sep 01, 2018 11:41 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

We have a base very close to my home, and work with many relocating there.   I will go to the mat for them, and got them all into homes.   Sometimes it takes more than one offer.

Nov 14, 2017 05:52 AM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

We do not need to go out on a limb for anyone. We treat everyone equally

Nov 12, 2017 09:42 AM
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Nov 12, 2017 08:35 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

1. We advocate for our client. Always.

2. We don't do "single agent dual agency". Ever.

3. We educate the Seller in areas we are qualified to address where it's evident education is needed.

Nov 12, 2017 04:54 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

If the veteran was my buyer client, of course I would advocate for him/her. If I was the listing agent and we had multiple offers, one of which was a VA loan, I'd make sure the seller understood what each offer meant.

I've done transactions in the past with VA loans, and they worked fine!

Nov 12, 2017 03:07 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I did not have to do it.

Nov 12, 2017 03:06 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Many of our offers are VA. Sellers will go for the conventional or cash offer every time over government financing.  I work to get the best offer for my seller. These have less risk.

Nov 11, 2017 05:03 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

As a listing agent I can try to advocate an offer from the veteran in multiple situation, but most of the times the seller is looking for the best terms and VA loans take the longest to fund:(....

Nov 11, 2017 03:45 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

The opportunity has not presented it self so far, multiple offers are very rare here.

Nov 11, 2017 01:23 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


You have great answers here.  A

Nov 11, 2017 12:54 PM