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The National Association of Realtors® honors the brave men and women who have worn the uniform of our U.S. military on Veterans Day and every day by providing housing resources and information to active duty and retired military service members.

“NAR is proud to count more than 20,000 veterans among our members and together we strive to serve active and retired military service members and their families with their unique housing needs,” said NAR President Gary Thomas, broker-owner of Evergreen Realty, in Villa Park, Calif. “Whether relocating for a change of station or transitioning to a permanent residence, Realtors® build communities and are committed to helping military families.”

NAR recently launched a Military Relocation Professional certification, which provides Realtors® with information and tools to accommodate current and former military service members at any stage of their career and who often need to buy a home under a compressed timeline.

“Service members may have only a few days to see properties, make an offer, and get a home under contract. Others might be deployed during the transaction and need representation,” said Thomas. “Service members can count on Realtors® withMRP certification to understand their housing needs; Realtors® can also help leverage the financing benefits available to military personnel through the Department of Veterans Affairs, such as zero-downpayment loans, which help make homeownership more affordable.”

NAR is a strong advocate for the VA loan program, which is fully backed by the government and has some of the lowest default rates. Since its establishment in 1944, the loan program has helped millions of veterans to purchase and maintain homes with safe, affordable financing. Many types of military clients can qualify for the VA-guaranteed home loan, including honorably discharged veterans, career and active duty military, medically disabled, and some spouses or dependents.