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Welcome Home Warrior is feeling thankful.

Welcome Home Warrior is an initiative to give back to the men, women and families that are making (and have made) countless sacrifices every day to give others the ability to pursue the American Dream. Because of the dedicated service of our military members and their families, I was given the opportunity to pursue my dream. Now, my wife and I have the privilege of helping people attain the dream of home ownership. We are grateful for this opportunity, and we are grateful to ...those fighting for our freedom. That’s why we started Welcome Home Warrior, and I encourage you to join us.

Our goal with Welcome Home Warrior is twofold: 1) to create the best and most cost effective home buying/selling experience possible. We have worked very hard to strategically plan a course of action that will allow us to actually help the families we are working to serve, and collaborate with other great organizations while not duplicating their efforts. 2) To celebrate and honor military members, veterans and their families, while also making a monetary donation to a military oriented charity at the conclusion of every transaction.

We cannot successfully achieve these goals, or give back to these incredible causes, without immense community support and help. I encourage you to take the time to learn more about our mission, and let’s talk about ways we can achieve this together. Let’s serve the families that defend this great Country, and honor their service in all that we do.

Thank you for your time and consideration,

Benny Maxwell
Founder, Welcome Home Warrior

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The VA home loan program is more important today than ever before and is one of the most powerful loan options on the market for active military members and veterans. It’s increasingly difficult for many military borrowers to build the credit and assets necessary to move forward with conventional home financing.

The VA loan program’s advantages over other loan types are a BIG reason why VA loan volume has continually grown over the last five years.

VA financing comes with sig...nificant financial benefits for those who’ve served our country, and the requirements to secure them are often looser than what veterans would need for a conventional or even FHA loan.

For a lot of active military and veterans, the VA home loan program is their only real path to homeownership. The increasing popularity has stemmed from the main benefits of VA loans.

Read all about the 8 Unbeatable Benefits of VA Loans right here --> http://bit.ly/2BBzvs6

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In the spirit of patriotism, convention-goers can buy wooden flags handcrafted by combat veterans at the 2016 Republican National Convention underway in Cleveland, Ohio.
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Capt. Josh Flury surprised his 12 year old daughter at dolphin show! What a great Welcome Home!

Kristi Flury, 12, sprinted into the arms of her dad, Capt. Josh Flury.
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What a great surprise!!

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Can a homecoming get any better than this??

Navy seaman Chris Daugherty came home from deployment on June 23 to hugs from his children, but he got a bigger surprise when he saw his wife, Natasha. She had a baby bump. Natasha Daugherty, of Temecula, California, had hidden her pregnancy from her husband for six months while he was aboard the...
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Some of the most beautiful pictures you'll ever see...

One military father recently had a very magical tea party with his 4-year-old daughter, Ashley, and the special moment was captured on camera. “My husband had no idea what was going to happen until we showed up to the shoot,” Lizette Porter said of her husband Keven Porter, a U.S. Marine Corps.....
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Beautiful story...well done!

“He’s a tough, mean, Marine machine. I never doubted he would be there."
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Deployed soldiers help reveal sex of fallen comrade's baby...

The soldier's widow, Britt Harris, is expecting her first child in March.
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Good things come to those that wait...

"I was actually calm," said the bride. "I was ready for it to happen."
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Quick Landscaping and Lawn Maintenance Tips...

November is the perfect time to do a little landscaping and lawn maintenance. Here are three tips to get your lawn in shape for winter.

1. Tree & Shrub Pruning

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It's getting chilly. You need an excuse for a small and safe backyard fire. You could fuel the fire in a couple of ways. One, you could go buy some nice seasoned fire wood. Or, two, you could do some much needed tree and shrub pruning. Pruning is essential to a healthy tree or shrub. Cutting back lower branches on young trees will stimulate growth down and up instead of out. What I mean is that instead of using water to grow branches, a new tree will otherwise grow tall and develop a strong root system. Same can be said about shrubs. Be sure to use a sharp tool that will smoothly cut branches and limbs.

2. Patchy Lawn?

Finding bare spots on the lawn is going to happen. You may be thinking that you don't have the equipment or know how to get grass seeded properly. This is for you. Overseeding is a technique used to fill in bare spots without tearing up existing turf or soil. All you need is grass seed, a broadcaster and a rake. Or you can just broadcast by hand. Grass seed should be specific to your lawn, geographic area and soil type. Speak to a professional where you buy seed about how to best accomplish your goal. Additional watering may be necessary depending on rain fall. You should do this roughly 45 days before the average first frost to allow for germination.

3. Fertilize Plants

Now is the ideal time to fertilize trees, plants and shrubs. Fertilizer heavy in phosphate, the middle number in fertilizer i.e. 13-25-12, will help stimulate root growth and will still be in the soil come spring. Broadcasting this around the base of trees, shrubs, perennials and even lawns will help encourage lush lawn and garden. Of course, by broadcasting, I mean to scatter seed in an even pattern either with a machine or by hand.

Follow these three tips and be the envy of your neighborhood with a full beautiful lawn and vibrant landscaping ornamentals next spring.

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Welcome Home Warrior is feeling thankful.

Welcome home!

Thank you for serving our country.

You are home now and it's time to live the American dream and buy your own home. You most likely know that you are entitled to VA benefits, but did you know there are multiple programs you can use to assist you with the home buying process?

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Before you apply, ARM yourself with knowledge and make sure you receive everything you have coming to you for serving our great country in the name of freedom.

For a honorary Veterans benefits consultation, simply click here to begin ----> http://bit.ly/2zBjAtu

If you know a Vet that may be in need of assistance please share this with them, share on your wall or tag them below.

Thank you!

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Building Your Dream Home with a VA Loan...

If you are at the point in your life where you are ready to build your dream home, or you are just interested in working with a builder to build your next home, the VA loan can be a great option. With no down payment requirement and no private mortgage insurance, VA loan benefits are hard to beat. The process of working with a builder to design and build your next home is a little different than the process of purchasing a currently ...existing property. Here are three things you need to know:

1. Building a home takes time.

This one is pretty obvious but still worth mentioning, especially for those who may be relocating to the area. If you want a custom home it will take time for the builder to complete. Talk with your builder about the estimated timeline and determine how that will impact your housing situation. Will you need a short term rental until the home is completed or do you have other living quarters lined up? Does the builder guarantee a completion date or is it just an estimate? Make sure you have a plan in place in advance of your home build.

2. Builders need a VA Builder ID Number.

The VA requires builders to register with them and complete some paperwork prior to your closing. If your builder doesn't have a Builder ID, your VA knowledgeable loan officer can walk them through the process and forms necessary to request approval. The home will also need to meet the VA's minimum property requirements which ensure the home is safe, structurally sound and sanitary.

3. You have options.

When it comes to building a home, you have a lot of options. And one of the fun and/or exhausing (depending on the day) parts of the process is the time you'll spend researching these options.

Here are a few decisions you'll have to make:

- Which builder is the best fit for you? Before you even begin the home build, you have to decide which builder to work with.There are lots of builders out there, from large corporations to small local businesses. Do your research and find the one that best meets your needs and communication preferences.

- Wall colors, appliances, counter tops, oh my! It can be really fun to look at all the options you have when building a home. But it can also be overwhelming. Don't let decision fatigue get the best of you. If you are feeling overwhelmed with all the decisions consider scheduling them out over several days or weeks. Maybe one week you spend time looking at exterior colors and finishes and the next week you research appliances.

- What lender do you want to work with? The VA loan is unique. It's a good idea to work with a lender who has experience with this loan product. Do your research and find a lender that provides great customer service and support and VA loan expertise.

If you are interested in new construction, lets talk! As experienced real estate professionals we can walk you through the entire process! Give us a call today.

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What's a Certificate of Eligibility?

A Certificate of Eligibility is a very important piece of paper in the VA home loan process. So what is it and why is it important?

The Certificate of Eligibility, commonly referred to as the COE, is the document issued by the VA stating whether or not you are eligible for VA home loan benefits. It also lists any previous VA home loans and lists the amount of entitlement you have available. This document is important because it has to be i...n every VA loan file before a lender is willing to close and fund a VA loan.

In order to request your COE you'll need proof of service. For those who've served on active duty this will be your DD214. For those who were in the Reserves or National Guard, you'll need to provide your points statement. If you are currently serving, you'll also need to provide a statement of service.

There are multiple ways to obtain your COE. Most of the time, a VA savvy loan officer will be able to pull your COE through the VA's Automated Certificate of Eligibility (ACE) portal system and access it immediately. But, there are some circumstances where it can take longer to obtain. You can also request a copy of your COE directly from the VA.

Your loan officer will review the COE to determine whether you have VA loan entitlement. If you've used your entitlement before or if a portion of it is tied up in a current loan, they'll also calculate how much you have remaining.

If you'd like to get started with your home search utilizing your VA loan give us a call or message us today.

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