If you have USAA you can use their mover's advantage program you will get money back when your house closes. We are currently using them to buy a house and they are amazing our realtor is great however we are buying in MN so she wont be of any help. But all the realtors in their program go through special training and have to have good reviews otherwise they get dropped. Good luck.
Also homes for heros is a program that finds you a realtor and then they also help lower cost like realtor fees, and closing fees and such. A friend of mine is currently using them and loves them.
Randy and Jacqueline Vance are AMAZING! Randy is retired Air Force so he understands all of the VA stuff. They were amazing while we were searching for houses, during the buying process, and now that we are prepping to sell, they are still helping us.
One of their sites is sdmilitaryrealtor.com and the other is Vancehomes.com.
We were so lucky to have found them rather than a realtor that would screw us over.
Frank Galante Associates Inc. 951-505-8307 Broker #01126020 Board of Director SRCAR Board of Realtors REOMAC, NAHREP, YPN, certified HAFA specialist. email firstname.lastname@example.org Web site www.FrankGalante.com
Your realtor should have a broker working with them or know of one. Ours did. I worked with mine when we were still in NC and were awesome about everything and they were honest about things looking off or how much it would cost to fix and so on. Good luck with your search!
Best person hands down. Works super hard, is persistent and very honest and upfront with her clients. In house broker (and they are awesome too). Just made the whole process super simple for our first time buyer. We used VA and a short sale and she just knew everything to get the job done without hassle.
We used John Sini with Coldwell Banker when we bought here in Murrieta in August.
Him and his wife are both retired Marines and they've been in this area for 10+ years. Very down to earth and straight forward. he works with Kim England at Inland Valley Loans to get the mortgage part of it together. Kim is very experienced in VA loans and works her butt off to get the paperwork handled quickly and correctly.
Good luck with your search. I love it up here. Best decision our family could have made!! :)
When and if you do get a home make sure you go to the Riverside County website and apply for all the exemptions that you qualify for. For example like the one you get for simply being a home owner and living in that home.