Veteran services

New Realtor Group NKY Focuses On Veteran Homeownership

There is a network of veterans and non-veterans working as realtors ensuring that veteran homebuyers and their realtors know the ins and outs of the VA home buying experience.

Michael Smith, Keller Williams real estate agent and Navy veteran, has just launched the Northern Kentucky chapter of the Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals.

“I wanted to bring a chapter to our area to help veterans in different ways,” he said. “I wanted to give the real estate community more information about the VA home loan because it’s a superior product and there are some myths out there and I wanted to debunk some of the myths.”

He said educating veterans about their benefits is key to home ownership and while they may have been told about the VA home loan program when they left the service, they may not remember how to navigate the process.

“They give you a big stack of papers when you go out and it’s glossed over. A lot of veterans don’t know they have benefits,” Smith said. “There are tons of benefits that are missing out because there is so much information when we go out that it can be missed.”

VAREP said its mission includes advocacy for home ownership, community awareness, professional membership, job creation for veterans, and affordable housing for veterans.

In a new statement announcing the launch of the VAREP Northern Kentucky chapter this summer, the organization’s founder, Son Nguyen, said, “Many real estate and financial services professionals would like to better serve the real estate needs of 1,411 425 service members and 22,328,279 veterans nationwide. However, until now, no organization existed that could do this; VAREP was founded to fill the void.

Michel Smith said VAREP isn’t just about educating veterans on the process and benefits, it’s also about educating other tri-state real estate agents to navigate the home buying process. GO.

“We’re here for veterans, so if another realtor calls me, I’ll help them out in a heartbeat by giving them all the help they need with any questions they have for me,” Smith said.

They are looking for more realtors to join the Northern Kentucky chapter of VAREP.

VAREP is hosting a lunch and learning event on Wednesday, September 7 focused on the 12 myths of the VA loan process. It will be at the Keller Williams office located at 7210 Turfway Rd., Burlington, KY. Start time is 11:15 a.m. Guest speaker Trey Budke is the Director of Education for the Northern Kentucky VAREP Chapter. To RSVP, visit

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