Fort Knox is a United States Army Post near Louisville, Ky. The post is also home to the U.S. Gold Bullion Depository, operated by the U.S. Treasury Department. Home to many veterans and active duty service personnel, there is one special “treasure” working hard to help military families looking to settle in the community … Mr. Al Taft.
As a retired service member, he began his work as a real estate agent nearly 11 years ago.
“I work with the military community every day, active and retired helping them buy and sale their homes in the surrounding areas of Ft. Knox,” said Al. “About 80 percent of my clients are either serving or have served in the military. I have always made it a priority to seek out and help them because I feel that I can relate to their needs and understand their situations better than most realtors in the field.”
Al completed the USA Cares Certified Military Housing Specialist Course in 2012. He has worked as a volunteer with USA Cares, supporting local events and telling others about the mission of helping post-9-11 veterans with financial and advocacy support.
A 20-year career veteran, Al understands the strain of relocating: “For these families to know that having someone working with them that is a subject matter expert and knows the area well helps to ease the stresses of relocation.
Al is a certified relocation specialist with a world-wide relocation company (Cartus), and is a preferred agent with USAA, Navy Federal, and many other financial institutions that service the military.
“I like to refer the military to these companies because most of them have very competitive rates and offer the military cash back after they close on their homes,” said Al. “In my 11-year career as a real estate agent, I have helped more than 200 military families purchase or sell homes. As a relocation specialist, I can help them even if they are moving across the country or to another country because I am a part of a worldwide relocation program.”
“Being able to provide a professional service to those who are serving and putting their lives on the line for our country is one of the highest honors I have as a real estate agent,” said Mr. Taft.
To find out how you can make the lives of veterans and their families better, e-mail Al Taft at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joann Muncey is director of housing assistance at USA Cares, where she has worked since 2008. She may be reached by e-mail at email@example.com.