Do I Qualify for a VA Mortgage?

Do I Qualify for a VA Mortgage?

It can sometimes be confusing or even intimidating navigating the  VA mortgage process. Following are some of the basics of a VA mortgage. As always, speaking with a mortgage professional who is knowledgeable about the mortgage product you’re interested in is the best way to make sure all of your questions are answered. What do you need to potentially obtain a VA mortgage? You must have suitable credit, sufficient income, and a valid Certificate of Eligibility (COE) to be eligible for a VA-guaranteed home loan. The home must be for your own personal occupancy. The eligibility requirements to obtain a COE are listed below for Servicemembers and Veterans, spouses, and other eligible beneficiaries. Eligibility Requirements for VA Home Loans Servicemembers and...

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Free Job Search Tool for Military Veterans

Free Job Search Tool for Military Veterans

Searching for a job can be stressful. It can be even more stressful for someone transitioning from a career in the military. RecruitMilitary is a veteran-owned company dedicated to helping American veterans achieve their dreams: education, veteran jobs and civilian careers, new business and franchise ownership, training, and much more. This service is provided free to veterans.  All of the company’s senior officers and most of their other employees have served in the armed forces of the United States. As the nation’s leading military-to-civilian recruiting firm, they have established working relationships with industry associations, non-profit organizations, and government agencies. They have been helping veterans with the job search process since...

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Don’t Let BLACK FRIDAY Get in the Way of Buying a Home!

Don’t Let BLACK FRIDAY Get in the Way of Buying a Home!

Black Friday is nearly upon us. Newspaper inserts, emails and TV commercials abound with information about the “BEST DEALS EVER!”.  You get to the store before the sun even thinks about coming up only to find that you can get an even better deal if you open a line of credit! STOP RIGHT THERE. If you are in the process of buying a home, or considering doing so anytime soon, we urge you to stop and collect your thoughts for a moment. What the heck does Black Friday have to do with buying a home!? That additional percentage off for opening a line of credit could be a deal-breaker when it comes to purchasing a home. If you are in the midst of the mortgage process with a good lender, you already know that you should hold off on opening  new credit...

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“Military Appreciation Days” 2015 is Upon Us!

“Military Appreciation Days” 2015 is Upon Us!

We sincerely appreciate our military and their families, everyday. We join the rest of the nation on the eleventh of November to celebrate and honor our veterans and current members of the military. In November of 1919, President Wilson proclaimed it to be Armistice Day; which later became Veteran’s Day. “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…” – President Wilson We still celebrate nearly 100 years later! Nearly 100 area...

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Free & Discounted Tax Preparation for Military

Free & Discounted Tax Preparation for Military

December brings Christmas. January brings a new year. After that, comes the playoffs, the Super Bowl and tax season! Some of these are more fun than others. While we have an opinion on who will win the playoffs… we realize that this may not actually be the outcome. We are also of the opinion that while filing for tax returns can be tricky for the average family, it can get even more complicated for military families. Thankfully, military personnel and their families have access to a variety of tax preparation and filing services for free. Whether you choose to file taxes yourself online or you prefer some outside assistance from a trained professional, there are a variety of free options to choose from. Military Installation Tax Centers Most large military...

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How Do I Obtain My DD Form 214 and Other Military Forms?

How Do I Obtain My DD Form 214 and Other Military Forms?

If you’ve been discharged from military service, your personnel files are stored at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). They are the official repository for records of military personnel who have been discharged from the U.S. Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Coast Guard. Recent military service and medical records are not online. However, most veterans and their next-of-kin can obtain free copies of their DD Form 214 (Report of Separation) and other records several ways: Use the eVetRecs system to create your request Mail or Fax a Standard Form SF-180 Learn more about requesting military service records Military personnel records are primarily administrative records and can contain information such...

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