Veterans get assistance to become a realtor

Reported by: Terri Hendry
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Updated: 5/26/2014 9:27 pm
RENO, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- A local real estate company is offering assistance to veterans.  Dickson Realty is offering to pay licensing fees and other costs to enable qualifying veterans to get a new career in real estate.   Margaret Kazierski said, "It's expensive when you first start off."  She added, "It's between $25-hundred to $7-thousand dollars of savings and that's just such as plus.  As you're trying to get started and you don't have clients yet, you have to come up with all those fees and it can really be daunting." 

Kazmierski knows what military life is all about.  Her father is Charlie Beckwith, also known as "Chargin Charlie," who is a founder of the Army's Delta Force Special Unit.   Kazmierski went to college on a ROTC scholarship before joining the military.  She earned her law degree then served as a JAG (Judge Advocate General's Corps) officer.  During her time in the military she met her husband, Mike, who was also in the military.  Their son is now enrolled in West Point.  "Military people are 'people-people," she said.  "They're used to dealing with all kinds of people and they're used to being professional, a team player and having a goal in mind." 

Kazmierski said she thinks real estate is a good fit for those who've served in the military. "As a realtor, you're serving someone in one of the most stressful events of their life and probably their biggest purchase ever," she said.  "So, you want somebody that's working for you."    Kazmierski has been a realtor at Dickson Realty for three years.  She said she's used to moving and when she moved to Reno, her job as a realtor allowed her to pursue her passion.  She said, "I needed something to do that I was going to love and be passionate about.   I've always loved houses and I've moved so much I thought this was just perfect for me."  

The military scholarship program is offered to retired military, wounded warriors, and those on active duty with a minimum of four years of service.  Scholarship applications can be found here starting in June.  Recipients will be announced over Veteran's Day weekend, August 30-September 1st.  

Dickson Realty is also offering the "Military on the Move Program" which gives eligible military personnel special benefits for buying and/or selling a home.  It is a national program developed by Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, which is an organization of independent real estate companies around the world.  The program is designed to help veterans who are on active duty, retired military (20-years of service or more), wounded warriors and staff of Veterans Hospitals.   

The program will allow Dickson agents that work with eligible military clients to give 20 percent of the agent's commission as monetary assistance at the close of escrow to help with down payments and closing costs.   This helps to make buying a home for veterans more affordable. To participate, you must register here.

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