Confused about why information on the VA Home Loan program wasn’t more accessible to Veterans like his father, Gabe Amey decided to do something about it.
HawaiiVALoans.com was launched in December 2007.
“If you build it, they will come”, resonated in our minds when contemplating the idea of starting a blog about VA Loans. Would anyone even read a blog about VA Loans?
We decided to find out for ourselves and published our first blog post on March 11th, 2008.
The very first edition of our VA Homebuyers’ Guide is published, outlining the benefits, process and little nuances of the VA Home Loan program.
A new edition has been published annually since and has been downloaded more than 1000 times.
We decided to take our act on the road, holding our first VA Loan seminar for 8 lucky veterans at the Filipino Community Center in Waipahu, Oahu. We now hold these seminars every month at multiple locations throughout Hawaii.
Yup, we joined the twittersphere, @hawaiivaloans announced, “Hey everybody, we’re officially on Twitter!”
Moving on up! After subletting a couple rooms of a larger office, we stepped up to our own place in Davies Pacific Center.
We believe that finding the right people is a key component of building a great team. Teaching them well helps too!
They are all special, but this one really felt good. We helped a disabled veteran and his family purchase their first home.
Wait, weren’t most people on Facebook before Twitter? Regardless, we were excited to use the new platform to share great information, do some giveaways and have some fun!
We were on Facebook & Twitter, why not step in front of the camera and put together some cool videos? Of course, there’s nothing better than settling in to read something good, but we thought these videos would be a little more fun than reading about VA loans.
This was our first event designed to get the Hawaii Crossfit community together to compete against each other and raise money for a good cause. It’s grown by leaps and bounds since.
This was one of our most fun educational projects. Valuable information, presented with insightful graphics, and all done within a timeframe designed for the modern mobile world.
Another Crossfit type of event, but with a military twist. Each branch would compete against each other to determine Hawaii’s Fittest Branch.
Our second annual Hawaii VA Loans SM Showdown grew incredibly from its first year. A bigger venue & many more contestants allowed us to raise a significant amount.
A little more space for our growing team, not to mention that we wanted to move where the action is! Kapolei surely is that kind of place and it’s a nice, short drive from most of the VA transactions on Oahu.
This was the biggest of them all. Hundreds of athletes, including elites from the mainland who flew in for the event, gathered at the Neil Blaisdell Center for a day of incredible competition. Oh, we also raised nearly $30,000 for Operation Homefront.
We wanted a way to give back to multiple organizations helping Hawaii’s community. This is our platform to do so.
The outstanding news came in April for Hawaii VA Loans SM team members Jim Owens and Brenda Carr. They were awarded Honolulu Magazine’s 2014 Top Mortgage Professionals in Hawaii. President Gabe Amey also received the magazine’s distinction in 2013.
The VA appraisal can be a unique scenario for buyers, sellers, and their agents. We cover the top ten most common issues seen on a VA appraisal and their solutions.
Hawaii has one of the highest concentrations of VA eligible buyers in the country and over 100 VA purchases a month. Therefore, to help our Realtors, we provide nine items to check for when evaluating VA offers.
The Hawaii VA Foundation announced the selection of two local organizations that would receive the funds raised through the 2014 Hawaii VA Games: Pūkoʻa Kani ʻĀina and Valley of Rainbows. In total, each non-profit received $17,728.50 courtesy of the Hawaii VA Foundation.
Hawaii VA Loans SM expanded! In order to primarily service the approximate 9,300 military personnel stationed aboard Marine Corps Base Hawaii, we felt that it was vital to have an office on the Windward side of Oahu. Now, the military community has a convenient, easily accessible place to learn about their Hawaii home buying opportunities.
On July 1, 2015, we successfully held our first Hawaii VA Loans SM Summer Summit! Close to 100 professionals from the Hawaii real estate community came out to Dave & Buster’s in Honolulu to hear Winston Welborn talk about the branding and marketing style of Hawai’i Life Real Estate Brokers, and to learn about the VA home loan process in our panel discussion. The evening concluded with dinner, drinks, and live music from Ben & Maila, as well as Randy Allen.