Fort BlissReal Estate Agent
Ben Williams, 1SG E-8, US Army (retired). Ben is originally from Indiana and joined the US Army in 1991. After his 20+ years of varied military experiences and senior management roles, he retired from the US Army and called El Paso, Texas his home. Ben is exceptionally well respected in El Paso, not only for his unparalleled professionalism and high ethical standards but for being an honest, hard-working man who does absolutely everything in his power to ensure his clients’ successes.
1. Find an agent who works with military personnel – When it comes to finding someone with the right knowhow to help you with real estate, nothing beats firsthand experience. As military personnel, veterans, or their family members you have specific needs and benefits that require consideration and understanding. Having a real estate agent who’s dealt with situations exactly like (or at least close) to yours will make any property rental or purchase go as smoothly and simply as possible. Your best bet in making sure an agent has the knowledge you need is to find one who’s earned a Military Relocation Professional (MRP) certification from the National Association of Realtors.
2. Make sure an agent knows your specific timeline – Military orders are rarely, if ever, flexible in any way, so the timeline of your or your family’s next move is pretty much set in stone. Moreover, most orders requiring a relocation (either PCS or short term) arrive a few months, at the most, before they take effect. So your moving timeline is typically both very short and extremely rigid. Let any agent you speak to know when and where you need to move in or out from the very start of your interaction. That way you both know right away if they can get what you need done in time or if you have to keep searching for an agent who can.
3. If you’re looking into a VA loan, use an agent who knows the process well – VA loans are a great tool for veterans and their families looking to realize their dream of home ownership. But it, like nearly any loan process, can be a complicated one. And it’s definitely something you want to get done the right way. Just as you should use a Military Relocation Professional (or similarly qualified agent) to help you move between bases, find an agent with previous VA loan experience to help you with yours. Someone who’s gone through the process of helping a client get their certificate of eligibility, obtain their loan from a VA approved lender, and purchase their dream home will be well-equipped to help you do the same.
4. A good agent will listen to exactly what you want and work hard to find it – When it comes to real estate transaction, your agent is the expert but you are the customer. And, as the old saying goes, the customer is always right. Your realtor’s job is to make sure you get exactly what you want in the easiest, fastest, most cost effective way. So you want one who pays close attention to your requirements, finds answers to all your questions, and does their utmost to get you the sale, rental, or purchase you need.