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TAMPA, Fla. — As the real estate market in the Bay Area and across the country remains extremely aggressive, for our veterans it’s becoming even more difficult as they try to use one of their service benefits — the VA loan.

Ten months ago, Spectrum Bay News 9 first looked into this issue with an Army family selling their home in Tampa and moving to Austin, Texas.

“The first realtor that we spoke to, when we told her that we were choosing to use our VA loan, she said, ‘Well, you’re not going to be able to buy here. You’re going to need to rent for 6 to 12 months to see what the market does,’ and she didn’t speak to us anymore,” said Brandi Torres in an interview with Spectrum Bay News 9 back in May 2021.