Puppy Mill Approach
Most headhunting agencies use a “puppy mill approach” to find talented Veterans for the
companies they represent. These agencies will typically review and assist an individual with (not sure how to change for
correct spelling) preparation, conduct one or two assessment phone calls during the hiring process, and then schedule
hiring conferences at large hotels. The process is typically impersonal. Veterans then conduct interviews with companies
they may or may not know much about with the hope of finding a job. They often have to relocate their families if they do
These headhunting agencies do not advocate for a Veteran’s housing needs during the job search process as it’s simply
outside the scope of their work. Sadly, they are often shortsighted when placing Veterans. In the same way, most Real
Estate Agents simply aren’t attuned to the needs of Veterans and their Families.
The Vine & Branch Family only partners with Agents and Brokers that care about and advocate for Veterans and their
Great Agents Solve Problems
Vine & Branch believes that great Real Estate Agents naturally enjoy coming up with creative solutions to solve problems.
By nature, Veterans and their Family members are the same way. The questions and complications that arise during a
career change and move can be daunting because there is a lack of expertise. But that’s what Real Estate Agents have and
what Vine and Branch Career Solutions envisions offering the Veterans and Families it serves.
Video Interview with Founder and CEO Chris Allen coming soon
Great Real Estate Agents are driven, naturally motivated to help people, , and like to control their own professional
destinies. The agents Vine & Branch Partners with are not only motivated by profit but also by a natural desire to help
Honesty and Integrity
The Vine and Branch Family cannot survive without relationships built on integrity, respect, and trust. As successful Real
Estate Agents, we know you can’t survive without these qualities as well.
Like our partnered Counselors who are members of the American
, our partnered Realtors are
members of the National Association of
. These two organizations demand the highest ethical standards of
their members. Partnered Counselors and Real Estate Agents adhere to Vine & Branch Code of Ethics standards, as well.
They are standards that Vine & Branch Veterans and Families believe in. Because Vine & Branch Career Consulting is a
startup agency, it is not yet accredited with the
Better Business Bureau (BBB)
, but it’s in the process of receiving accreditation.
Real Estate Agents are tenacious by nature and do not take “no” for an answer. Our Military Families don’t take “no” for an
answer either. The Military culture breeds and embraces tenacity as essential for mission success. Our Partnered Agents
work tirelessly to market properties and close deals on both sides of a move! They are determined to ensure that Veterans
and their Family Members are informed and that their interests are always represented.
Veterans and their Family Members are well-traveled and typically move every three years between duty stations around
the world. Because Veterans and their Families are so well-traveled, they quickly form lasting bonds with new coworkers
and friends. Generally speaking, they will make quick judgments about your personality and professionalism.
Great Agents, just like successful Military Families, are good at selling themselves and quickly forming long and lasting
relationships. We strive to find Agents that are successful with winning and authentic personalities. Vine & Branch
encourages agents that fit this description to consider partnering today.
Attention to Detail
Military culture lends itself to attention to detail. Lives and missions depend on it! Attention to detail is also imperative for
great Real Estate Agents. If you are not organized in your presentations, contract negotiations, photos, and so on., our
Veterans and their Family Members will not feel comfortable with their moves, nor will they gain the full benefit of using Vine
and Branch’s services. Our partnered agents are sticklers for detail and thrive on getting the small things right the first time.
Understanding Local Housing Markets
Vine and Branch will help Real Estate Agents develop a niche within their local markets with a dependable, financially
sound, and creditworthy client base, many of whom are qualified for VA lending assistance. Veterans and their Family
Members are moving in and out of local markets every day! Let Vine & Branch Family help develop lasting relationships
between Veterans and their Families.
Building Relationships Through Tireless Networking Efforts:
Great Real Estate Agents are naturals at building connections in their local communities. Vine & Branch knows this. Great
Agents also know the local housing market, brokers, buyers, sellers, and even potential employers. Great Agents and
Brokers also have a solid pulse on what makes a community unique and enjoyable. The bottom line is that Vine and Branch
knows that partnering with Real Estate Agents and Brokers is integral to a Military Family successfully transitioning to a new
community, career, and new life experience.
Mutual Goals Between Agents and the Vine & Branch Family
- Desire to serve your communities
- Care for people
- Love of country
- Respect for Veterans and their Families
- Free advertising and networking
- Expanded market share