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Military Home Buying Tips

Are you thinking of getting involved in military home buying? Do you know other people who are enlisted who did? Well, if you don’t or if you are just browsing and thinking hypothetically, we have a few tips for you. There’s nothing like asking around about it on the base, but we can give you the basics from the VA.gov site:

1. Think about pre-purchase counseling. You will need to work out your emotions and thoughts during this process; therefore, we recommend you talk to someone who knows those thoughts and emotions well, and can help you rationalize them. Check with your base to make an appointment with someone who can steer you in the right direction.

2. Adaptive housing. There is such a thing and you are worth it. Talking to military home buying counselors will help you figure out what all the terms mean, as well as, what you need in a house if you have been injured. Do you need ramps? Do you need everything low? It is possible to find a house that will suite your needs, but you need to ask about it.

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3. Get a VA loan. You are not pre-approved because you serve. Unfortunately, you still need to go through an application process to decide your eligibility and for how much. But, getting a loan through VA gives you more flexibility an options than a regular old loan directly through a bank. We recently wrote a blog about the benefits of VA Loans, make sure you read it.

4. Make a plan. Once you have done all of the grunt work, make a plan for your house. Map out your payments and your paychecks, and give us a call so that we can assist you with a closing cost grant (if you qualify). Make sure everything lines up so that you can pay on time every month. In addition, do you want to raise the value of your house? What projects can you take on to raise your house’s value?

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Military Home Buying & Why We Are Thankful to be in America

America is a nation looked up to the world. Though we have own issues that we are working to resolve, we are still (and will be for a long time) the cultural inspiration for the world. That may be a bold statement, but during the holiday season we, here at Military Home Buying, are reminded why we live in this country and appreciate the sacrifices that our American heroes have made to keep our home great.

So, why are we thankful to live in America? For a number of reasons! Firstly, we are thankful for the history of dignified men and women who left their lives back at home to serve our country and keep it safe. These American heroes, as we mentioned earlier, are the backbone of our country. During the holiday season, one cannot help but remember that.

In addition, to that most important note, we also give thanks to our schools, commerce, and religious freedom. A defining feature of our country is also our sweeping and varying landscapes that stretch from sea to sea. We could not have had the innovation during the Internet boom that without had without the effort of our veterans.

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The American dream, complete with the house and white picket fence, is still a cornerstone in our culture too and that tradition is another reason we are thankful to be in America. It may be harder to achieve these days, but we think our veterans deserve that dream more than any other. That’s why we work hard to help you in the military home buying process. We don’t want that to come off as a shameless plug; we truly are thankful for the American dream that has kept our country strong and we want to do whatever we can to help you be a part of that dream.

10 Quotes About Thanksgiving & Being Thankful

Tis the season to reflect on your life, family, friends, and anything else that you love (man’s best friend perhaps). In honor of that, USMHAF (military home buying)collected quotes that we thought best expressed the sentiments of Thanksgiving. From funny or heart-felt, these quotes show the range of feelings during out special day. Without further drumroll:

Military Home Buying (USMHAF) Favorite Thanksgiving Quotes

1. “Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.” – Henry Van Dyke

2. “it is now common knowledge that the average American gains 7 pounds in between Thanksgiving and New Years” – merrilu Henner

3. “there is one day that is truly ours. Thanksgiving is the one day that is purely American.” – o. Henry

4. Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men; but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude. – E.P. Powell

5. Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

6. Develop an attitude of gratitude and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation. – Brian Tracy

7. Thanksgiving is a possible only for those who take time to remember; no one can give thanks who has a short memory. – Unknown

8. Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. – Marcel Proust

9. Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses – Alphonse Karr

10. Thanksgiving is an emotional holiday. People travel thousands of miles to be with people they only see once a year. And then discover once a year is way too often – Johnny Carson

Now, we’d like to thank you for visiting our site and we hope we could help you in your process of military home buying. Please contact us if you need further assistance; we are here to make your life easier.

Military Home Buying: Owning A Home & Why It’s The American Dream

Depending on where you live, it is hard to drive through a neighborhood without seeing “For Sale” signs these days. Yet while it may not be a seller’s market, it is definitely a buyer’s market. Military home buying is an investment, yet with the market down and interests rates at the lowest they have ever been, we think it is a smart investment. For anyone who can afford it.

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The American Dream & Military Home Buying

Ever since this country was started, Americans dreamed of the comfortable family home with the white picket fence surrounding it. Life is not so much Leave It To Beaver anymore, but owning a home is still a goal for most. Why?

Because it gives you permanence that renting can’t. Once you own a house, you can paint every wall lime-green if you want to – or add anything to the yard that you want without having to refer to your lease and landlord for permission. Even if you know you will be relocated in 5 years time, buying a house and then selling it or renting it out when you leave, makes the area a home that your family can connect back to.

In addition, for practicality purposes, if you have a lot of kids or multiple pets, it’s almost impossible to find housing unless you buy it. If you have a family, you may also want to start thinking about your forever house. Where do you want to grow old with your spouse? Is it a place where you have already been located once? Is it a place where you want to be located? Either way, buying is cheaper than renting in the long run, so knowing you want to invest in a place is an important first step in saving up for it.

Fortunately for Military families and Veterans, military home buying is one of the easier processes–as expressed our recent post about the benefits of a VA Home Loan. But, the housing market has reached its bottom and is climbing back up. Make the investment, or at least take an effort to educate yourself, contact us.

Happy Veterans Day from Military Housing Assistance Fund

United States Military Housing Assistance Fund is so grateful to the soldiers of the United States who protect our freedom and country. Thank you for your service. Happy Veterans Day from Military Housing Assistance Fund! Below are 10 quotes we love about freedom and America.

United States Military Housing Assistance Fund Top 10 Quotes on Freedom

In Commemoration of Our Veterans

  • “So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide.

    Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, even a stranger, when in a lonely place. Show respect to all people and grovel to none.

    When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself.

    Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools
    and robs the spirit of its vision. When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.” -Tecumseh

  • “He who is brave is free.” -Seneca
  • “Freedom is the last, best hope of earth.” -Abraham Lincoln
  • “We, and all others who believe in freedom as deeply as we do, would rather die on our feet than live on our knees.” -Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • “We lose ourselves when we compromise the very ideals that we fight to defend. And we honor those ideals by upholding them not when it’s easy, but when it is hard.” -President Barack Obama
  • “We will always remember. We will always be proud. We will always be prepared, so we will always be free.” -Ronald Reagan
  • “Freedom is not the right to do what we want, but what we ought. Let us have faith that right makes might and in that faith let us; to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it.” -Abraham Lincoln
  • “The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission.” -John F. Kennedy
  • “Surround yourself with people who take their work seriously, but not themselves, those who work hard and play hard.” -General Colin Powell
  • “Liberty, according to my metaphysics is a self-determining power in an intellectual agent. It implies thought and choice and power.” -President John Adams

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