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Military Matters

Military Matters is a resource for active military and veterans living in South Tampa and the Greater Tampa Bay area.  Issues facing our military community are discussed and solutions are provided.  To learn more about military-related real estate issues, or if you are in the market to buy or sell a home, visit Sunny Sells Tampa.

Veteran's Treatment Court

The Veterans Treatment Court (VTC) serves veterans currently in or about to enter the criminal justice system.  Individuals who suffer from military service-related conditions qualify to participate in VTC programs.  These conditions include:

  • Mental Illness

  • Traumatic Brain Injury

  • Substance Abuse Disorder

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • Military Sexual Trauma

The VTC provides customized programs based on the individual needs of each participant.  In addition, VTC programs typically include a therapeutic environment, accountability, regular assessment, and evaluation.  To learn more about the VTC, read our article, VTC Helps Veterans with the Tough Move to Civilian Life.

VA Loan Confusion Creates Roadblocks for Military Home Buyers

In today’s aggressive real estate climate, you need an agent well versed in the VA loan process.  Otherwise, it can backfire for veterans based on how the agent educates their sellers.  Sunny Alexander is a Tampa realtor. Both she and her husband served in the U.S. Army.  The military has opened a lot of doors for them.  Therefore, they open doors for other veterans. Sunny likes to help other military families find their homes but, is noticing a trend when it comes to the VA loan.

Sunny believes there are three big misconceptions about using the VA loan.

  1. The seller has to pay the buyer’s closing costs.

  2. The appraisal is difficult.

  3. The VA loan takes longer to close.

These misconceptions are simply not true.  They can steer deserving military families into a loan without the advantages of the VA Loan. Sunny says, “They’re amazing families who’ve sacrificed so much. It is heartbreaking to see them not get a chance to own a home just because of the misconceptions of the VA loan. They deserve the best,” she said.

Additional Benefits

Learn more about the  VA loan, how US Senators are getting involved to make it easier, and to watch a Spectrum Bay News 9 interview with Sunny.