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October 25, 2014

Home Ownership is Key for Returning Troops

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Home Ownership is Key for Returning Troops

For 75 percent of military families, owning a home is one of the most important things to accomplish upon returning from service, according to a Century 21 survey. Harris Interactive conducted the study of more than 400 responses of military members or spouses.

“Home ownership is a top priority for many, but is especially significant to those returning from a tour of duty,” says Rick Davidson, president and CEO of Century 21 Real Estate.

Eighty-eight percent of veterans said that owning a home makes them feel safer. Vets also say they have a strong desire for home ownership because they want to own their own residence (73 percent), establish a household (43 percent), and have financial security (36 percent). 

However, only 33 percent of military families say they look for a home within a year of returning from active duty. The biggest obstacles reported were the price of homes, the inability to come up with a down payment, and personal savings.  

For those who do a begin a home search, vets and their families report space—in terms of number of bedrooms and bathrooms—is more important than other specific features in finding the perfect home. Storage space, amount of square footage, outdoor space, and an updated kitchen were cited as the most important amenities. 

Some real estate professionals have made a niche out of helping to meet the relocation needs of military members and their families. The Center for Specialized REALTOR® Education recently launched a Military Relocation Professional certification, a one-day program for NAR members to gain the knowledge and skills to better serve military members and their families in relocations. 

Source: Century 21 Real Estate LLC and REALTOR® Magazine Daily News

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