Military Buyers and Sellers and the VA Lending Process with Bree Meloan & Larry Luna

Military Buyers and Sellers and the VA Lending Process with Bree Meloan & Larry Luna

Real estate services for the military is a worthy niche for agents to consider. How does it differ from civilian real estate? What is the loan process and why is it so important to be informative, available and helpful? How do agents market themselves on base? On this episode, we are joined by Larry Luna and Bree Meloan, who are experts when it comes to military real estate.


Most first time home buyers don’t know what they are getting into, I like educating and helping them along the way. -Bree Meloan

3 Things We Learned

The military is a tight unit and if one person knows that you’re in real estate they will refer their circle
In the military, the rules about marketing yourself as an agent are a lot stricter. The inventory of an agent is considered to be in competition with the base’s real estate. Most business comes by way of referral after you’ve worked well with one person. The community is super tight knit so this is what will bring the business.

Being accessible to clients who are deployed makes a big impact
In all real estate, it’s important to be available to your clients in their times of need. In military real estate, your clients won’t always be in the same time zone as you are. When you make yourself available to them, it really makes them feel valued and cared for.

The VA limits specific expenses and costs that can be charged to the veteran
The main goal of the VA’s rules for real estate is protecting the veteran. Appraisals are a lot more strict to make sure the house doesn’t have issues, and there’s no requirement for down payments to keep expenses down for the veteran.

Find Your Category

If you’re looking for niche or category that you can potentially dominate, consider working with military buyers and sellers. They are people who deserve excellent service from someone who is experienced and dedicated. The home buying process can be difficult and daunting, and if you can be valuable you will gain referrals and make a difference.

Guest Bio

Bree is Realtor at Allison James Estates and Homes in Murrieta, California. Find her on Facebook or email breemeloan@gmail.com

Larry is a mortgage loan originator at South Pacific Financial Corporation. Go to http://www.spfcnet.com/larryluna/ for more information or phone 951.858.0797

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It’s NOT About the Book with Nick Raithel: Creating a book you can market with

It’s NOT About the Book with Nick Raithel: Creating a book you can market with

A lot of agents think they need to be busy consistently, but actually being consistently drains them. How do you manage your time to make sure you don’t burn out? What are the biggest mistakes realtors make with books and other forms of content marketing? How do you leave your legacy as a realtor? On this episode, we talk to the founder of 7-Hour book, Nick Raithel who shares why a book should be the next tool in your content marketing strategy.


A book is having a thud factor, that is shock and awe. It really connects with people personally. -Nick Raithel

Takeaways + Tactics

When you’re tightly managed with your time, giving yourself room for a break will make a difference.

Time everything you do to have a sense of how long it takes to do something.

A book is like a business card that people won’t throw away.

The THUD Factor

At the start of the show, we talked about time management techniques and the importance of giving yourself a break. Next, we talked about the power of tracking what you do, and how to tell a story based on your life, and giving value to your clients. We went on to discuss what Nick calls the “THUD factor” and towards the end of the show we shared the biggest misconceptions people have about book writing.

We also shared insights on;

  • Managing your time expertly
  • The genesis of his business
  • The power of understanding what makes you unique
  • Why books give you credibility

What is your story?

If you want to stand out from the crowd, a book is a powerful thing that stays with people longer than any business card ever could. It’s a powerful way to give yourself credibility, and hit people with the “THUD factor”.

Everyone has a unique story to tell, and whatever makes you you is worth putting in a book. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel, just infuse what works with your own unique point of view. If you’re wondering how to bring more value, consider adding books to your content marketing arsenal.

Guest Bio

Nick Raithel is the founder of 7-Hour Book, a proven system that can give you clarity in terms of what you want to write about, assist you in developing an outline, and even partner with you in the writing itself if you don’t have the time to devote to the project. He is on a mission to help real estate investors get the recognition they deserve and attract new business and investment opportunities. Go to http://contentcorps.net/ for more information.

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How to Use Social Media to Build Your Brand with Ronny Philip

Are you getting the most out of your social media? Chances are, probably not. Which platform is now considered dead, and which platform should you take advantage of? In this episode Ronny Philip will show you how to use Snapchat, Facebook Live and Instagram to help you reach and approach new clients in a different way. Ronny will show you the best ways to build real relationships with people that will lead to more clients for business in the future.

Snapchat is a daily thing, use it every day. That is the best platform to interact with millennials because it is so informal. -Ronny Philip

Takeaways + Tactics

Twitter is dead. You are not going to get much interaction on there anymore.

There should be a difference between what you post on Instagram and what you post on Snapchat. Snapchat is more informal and Instagram is the polished, cool stuff.

Snapchat isn’t interruptive. People can decide whether they want to hear from you.

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Connecting With Millennials

In this episode Ronny began by discussing the best ways to connect with millennials and how to piggyback off that relationship to connect with people they may know who are older and need a real estate agent. We then went on to discuss the new features that Facebook has recently brought in such as Facebook Messenger Day and the ways you can use these. Later in the episode Ronny discussed how best to organize your Facebook feed using the ‘See First’ feature and then went on to discuss the best ways to use Snapchat.

Ronny also shared insights on;

  • Facebook Business pages and the algorithms Facebook uses to rank posts.
  • The best ways to comment on Facebook
  • Why thoughts come from programming
  • Wearable technology from Snapchat
  • The death of Twitter

Authenticity and Social Media

The ways in which you use social media are extremely important in creating a brand and helping you find new clients. It is important to be authentic on social media, that is your marketing. If you can create genuine connections with people through shared commonalities, then you will have stronger, more valuable clients. The stronger the bonds you share with your clients, the more likely they are to refer their friends and families to you, and the more clients you will get.

Guest Bio

Ronny Philip is an agent at Keller Williams Realty and a social media expert. You can follow him on his social media accounts @ronnyphilip or email him at ronnyphilip@kw.com.

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