“The house is everything I thought it would be,” says Rashaun Jett, a veteran who recently became a homeowner.

Rashaun Jett is a veteran who moved from Arizona to Texas and recently bought a house.
He FaceTimed with his realtor and did video walk-throughs of homes before buying.
He says buying sight unseen worked out. Here’s his story, as told to writer Karen Bruno.

This as-told-to essay is based on a conversation with Rashaun Jett, a veteran and homeowner in Texas. It has been edited for length and clarity.

I’m proud to say I bought my first house in Kansas City, Missouri, when I was only 19 years old — a single-family home for my mother and brothers and me to live in. It was a good investment and I eventually sold it.   

I’m equally proud of having bought my second house 15 years later at age 34. I purchased the home sight unseen during the pandemic, closing this past November. 

I’d been living in a condo in Phoenix, Arizona, where I work for Best Western Hotels & Resorts as a senior lead technician, when I decided to explore home ownership. I worked closely with a realtor I found on Zillow.

I homed in on buying a single-family house in Texas because of the amazing benefits the state offers to veterans, particularly disabled vets like me

I served in Iraq and suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. Texas has been rated one of the best states for military veterans in the country, according to my research. The state waives up to $12,000 in property taxes for disabled veterans, among many other benefits.

I also used a Veterans United home loan to buy my new home — another perk of having served my country. 

I decided to look in Houston. My goal was to find a house in good condition, and my search took place entirely on the internet. 

I FaceTimed with my realtor and did video walk-throughs

I saw at least eight houses that way, and I didn’t see my new home in person until after I closed digitally — a surprisingly easy process.  

The houses I saw over FaceTime were all in my price range, and I picked one that was built in the 1980s because it met my requirements — it has an inground pool, a Jacuzzi, a fire pit, an outdoor kitchen, four bedrooms, and two bathrooms. It’s also in a good school district and a …read more

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I moved from Phoenix to Houston and bought a house sight unseen. I’m loving where I’m at now.

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