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‘Thank a Vet’ program partners with Metro Realty

ERIE COUNTY — Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs has announced a new partner in his “Thank-A-Vet” discount program but, “this goes well beyond a mere discount,” he said.

Metro Roberts Realty Owner Jim Roberts, upon hearing of the clerk’s “Thank-A-Vet” program, proposed an idea to Jacobs, to offer veterans an opportunity to become licensed real estate agents and get into real estate, as a career.

Under this initiative, Metro Roberts Realty will fund 100 percent of the start-up costs for a veteran to become a licensed real estate agent in New York state.

The “Metro Roberts Realty Veterans to Realtors Program” will assist veterans who are trying to re-enter the workforce, by covering the cost of all required licensing classes, multiple listing service dues and any other costs for getting established in the business.

“This sounds like a great program. I wish something like this were around, when I came out of the service,” said Greg Scott, a certified appraiser at Metro Roberts Realty and was a Vietnam veteran.

“Veterans are hardworking, highly disciplined and accustomed to overcoming obstacles,” Roberts said. “We believe a career in real estate will be a great fit and, simply, it’s the right thing to do, for those who have given so much to our country.”

In addition to the Veterans to Realtors program, Metro Roberts Realty will also offer a discount of 12 percent on any commissions, when the seller or buyer is a veteran. “This is a very significant benefit to a veteran who buys or sells a home with Metro Roberts Realty,” said Jacobs.

For more information on the Veterans to Realtors Program, contact Metro Roberts Realty at 480-3049.

Additional information on the Thank-A-Vet Discount Program, the commission discount or any of the more than 400 participating merchants, contact the Erie County Clerk’s office at 858-4737 or visit www.erie.gov/clerk/thankavet.
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