New Niche Market for 2018
Neil Brooks, Samantha Reeves, & Denise Jelinski-Hall
Veterans Day is right around the corner, on November 11th. So what better time than now to discuss how you can tap into the VA loan market and start opening the door to homeownership for more deserving Veterans, service members and their families. We’ll be hearing from three speakers who each have exceptional knowledge and experience in their given field. First we’ll hear from Neil Brooks, Realtor and branch manager of HomeSmart International in Scottsdale, AZ. A veteran himself, Neil is passionate about serving those who’ve served and has great success serving this niche market. Samantha Reeves, the agent education manager for Veterans United Home Loans will then provide a VA Loans 101 discussion, ensuring all viewers have a base level understanding of this unique loan product. Then we’ll hear from a very special guest, Denise M. Jelinski-Hall, 3rd Senior Enlisted Advisor of the National Guard. Denise proudly serves as a Military Advisor with Veterans United Home Loans where she advocates for and educates veterans on their use of their VA loan benefits. She’ll discuss why Veterans are deserving of specialized service and share insights on how agents can best serve this niche market.
REALTOR and Branch manager of HomeSmart International in Scottsdale, AZ. Neil is the Principal of Brooks Residential Group, a team of highly experienced and motivated REALTORS who closed more than 120 transactions in 2016. A U.S. Navy Veteran, and a Veterans United Realty Network Agent, Neil is passionate about serving Veterans during the homebuying process. Neil is also an expert real estate commentator in a wide variety of print media and on-air segments.
In his 18 years in the business he’s established himself as a top performing agent with multiple notable achievements including:
- Ranked in the Top 20 in Production by the Arizona Business Journal’s Top Agent List 2007 – 2009, 2015, 2016
- Ranked #2 out of 5,000+ local HomeSmart Agents
- Closed more than 640 individual transactions totaling in excess of $182M
- Ranked #7 in Arizona and #247 Nationwide in production by Wall Street Journal/Zillow – America’s Best Real Estate Agents 2017.
Samantha Reeves is the Agent Education Manager at Veterans United Home Loans. She manages the Veterans United Network Real Estate Blog. A former attorney and loan officer, Samantha uses her in-depth knowledge of VA Home Loans to educate real estate agents about this critical program for veterans and military families. She is the daughter of a retired 20-year U.S. Army reservist. Samantha knows homebuying and brings you information and tips on how to make your VA Loan process go as smooth as possible.
Denise Jelinski-Hall is 3rd Senior Enlisted Advisor of the National Guard and military advisor for Veterans United Home Loans. Chief Master Sergeant Jelinski-Hall finished her distinguished military career as the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chief of the National Guard Bureau. Chief Jelinski-Hall has the distinction of having achieved the highest position ever held by an enlisted woman in the history of the United States Armed Forces. Throughout her career she was awarded a number of decorations and distinctions including the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with Two Oak Clusters, Hawaii National Guard Distinguished Service Order, the Minuteman Award, and the Department of Defense Trail Blazer Award.
After retiring from the military, Denise returned to school to complete her four-year degree and earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. In 2014, she was recognized in the Top 100 Candidates for the John C. Maxwell Leadership Award; in 2015, she was in the Top 30 for the same award. In 2017, she published her autobiography, From the Prairie to the Pentagon and in 2018 was featured in Breaching the Summit: Inspiring Leadership Lessons from Six Military Journeys to the Top.