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Amanda Pallay

After spending a restless decade spent writing, video editing, dancing to Sisters of Mercy or playing video games for days, Amanda has finally settled comfortably into her role as nerdy mom and copywriter for Quicken Loans. When not writing articles for and about veterans and service members, she can be found hanging out with her son, Jude, and daughter, Ripley. If you wanna chat about the military, Star Trek or the band Clutch - she’s your gal.
A Brief History of Veterans Day - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

A Brief History of Veterans Day

What is Veterans Day? I took an informal poll to see if anyone knew why today is what it is, and what it’s purpose is. Most people had a vague idea, but I was surprised at how many young people (in their early to mid 20s) had no clue as to the meaning of Veterans Day. “A day to thank or honor veterans and the men and women of the military for their service” is the most common response, and while it’s technically true, it really goes much deeper than that.

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2013 Veterans Day Discounts

Veterans Day is one day a year that many businesses and organizations take the opportunity to say thank you for your service and show their support through discounts on meals or products. If you’re a veteran, be sure to check out some of these great deals. If you’re not a veteran, make sure you pass this along to someone who is!

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Quicken Loans Racing - Home of the Free Because of the Brave - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

Quicken Loans Racing – Home of the Free Because of the Brave Color Scheme

Quicken Loans Racing is excited to announce we will be running the #39 Chevrolet with a very special paint scheme in honor of the men and women of the armed forces for this weekend’s AdvoCare 500 Veterans Day race in Arizona. This year, we’ve partnered with the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) to get photos of neraly 150 veterans who will be featured on a special red, white and blue car.

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Quicken Loans and the Military Spouse Employment Partnership - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

Quicken Loans and the Military Spouse Employment Partnership

I’m proud to announce that Quicken Loans has been inducted into the Military Spouse Employment Partnership. This partnership is just one more step in how we showcase our commitment to hiring, promoting and retaining military members and their spouses from all branches of the military.

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Photography Tips to Help Sell Your Home Fast - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

Photography Tips to Help Sell Your Home Fast

One of the most effective tools you have to selling your home is quite possibly the most overlooked – photography. No matter how beautiful or wonderfully priced your home is, it’s unlikely to sell as fast as you’d like if the pictures are less than stellar. Here are some quick and easy tips for photographing your home to make sure it sells.

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The True Story Behind The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

The True Story Behind The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Everyone knows the story of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow with its tale of Ichabod Crane the slight, yet smart, schoolteacher, and the menacing, Headless Horseman. But I wonder how many people know that its author, Washington Irving, drew inspiration from real-life events that took place in and around Tarrytown, New York.

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The Army Tightens Up New Tattoo Policy

Just recently, there have been changes to the Army Regulations 670-1 that concern soldiers and tattoos. Getting a visible tattoo might be a thing of the past as these news regulations are expected to become policy in the next 30 to 60 days.

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What Is the VA Loan Funding Fee?

A VA loan allows you to buy your home with zero down or to refinance the full value of your existing home all with relaxed credit requirements. Unfortunately, there are veterans and service members who have reservations about using this benefit because of the funding fee associated with it.

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What Are the Occupancy Requirements of a VA Loan?

Although it’s one of the most widely used benefits offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs, many veterans have questions about the rules and regulations about using their VA loan. One of the most asked about issues is the loan’s occupancy requirements. Questions often asked include: How soon after buying my home do I have to move in? What if I am deployed? Can I rent out my home with a VA loan? Read on to learn more about VA loan occupancy requirements.

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Why Does the VA Require an Inspection and Appraisal on VA Loans?

One of the requirements of receiving a VA loan is that an appraisal and home inspection must be performed on the property by a VA-approved appraiser. It’s often a point of contention for many veterans because the requirements are often very strict. But once service members understand the details of the appraisal and inspection process, many are glad they have this safeguard in place to protect them.

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