Do’s & Don’ts Before Buying a House

By Carla Olivo, PCSgrades Director of Strategic Communications Buying a home is typically the single largest purchase a person or couple will make in their lifetime.  And it is often a complicated process with terms or concepts that you might not be familiar with; pre-qualify, pre-approved, closing costs, points, title insurance, escrow. One thing that Read more about Do’s & Don’ts Before Buying a House[…]

10 Tips to Stage Your Home Like a Pro

By Carla Olivo, PCSgrades Director of Strategic Communications There are all sorts of theories as to the best way to get your house ready to show on the market. Check out any of those shows where they flip houses on HGTV and you’ll learn that there are definite do’s and don’ts when it comes to Read more about 10 Tips to Stage Your Home Like a Pro[…]

Spring Getaways (on a budget) Galore!

  By D’Antrese McNeil, PCSgrades Blogger Affiliate Earlier this year my husband and I were discussing what to do for spring break. Our oldest walks by and says “Parentals, can we please NOT spend spring break spring cleaning again? Please?” Our two middle kids appropriately nicknamed Pebbles and Bam Bam both chime in with “Oh Read more about Spring Getaways (on a budget) Galore![…]

How More and More REALTORS® are Choosing to Support the Military and Veteran Community

By Carla Olivo, PCSgrades Director of Strategic Communications Each year approximately 650,000 service members are issued orders to relocate to a new duty station. According to the Blue Star Families 2015 Military Family Lifestyle Survey, military families move, on average, seven times more often than civilian families. Of those families, the 2008 DMDC Survey of Read more about How More and More REALTORS® are Choosing to Support the Military and Veteran Community[…]

The Skinny on Title Insurance

By Rebecca Alwine, PCSgrades Blogger Affiliate You’ve found your perfect house, and you’ve figured out all of the details, including the closing costs. But now something new has surfaced in your conversations with Realtors or lenders, title insurance. Now you’re thinking, of course, one more thing that needs to be paid. You may even be Read more about The Skinny on Title Insurance[…]

Making Healthy Choices on Spring Break

By Claire Yanta-O’Mahoney, PCSgrades Guest Blogger Spring break is just around the corner!  Who loves to travel?  All hands go up.  Who loves that sluggish, blah feeling that comes about after you return home when you think about all the rich food and lack of activity that occurred while you were gone?  No hands. Well, Read more about Making Healthy Choices on Spring Break[…]

Out & About / San Antonio

By Carla Olivo, PCSgrades Director of Strategic Communications Spring time is a busy time in and around San Antonio! If you are looking for something to do with your family, there is plenty to choose from! Get ready to enjoy this popular western urban center on the southwestern corner of the region known as the Read more about Out & About / San Antonio[…]

Finding Joy in Your Duty Station

By Rheanna Christine, PCSgrades Blogger Affiliate We all know that in military life we don’t always get what we want. We face deployments that happen at inconvenient times, last minute TDYs, over-night shifts and the dreaded “not anywhere on my dream sheet” PCS location. Blogs all over the internet talk about the worst duty locations, Read more about Finding Joy in Your Duty Station[…]

I Hate Our New Duty Station!

By D’AntreseMcNeil, PCSgrades Blogger Affiliate I like to believe I am a pretty open person. I mean, you have to be as a military family, because you essentially never REALLY know where the military is going to place you every few years. With that said, I approach every new duty station with a positive outlook, Read more about I Hate Our New Duty Station![…]

Moving OCONUS: A Guide For Military Families Part 3

Part 3 – Returning Home!  By Stacey Faris Through a three-part series, Moving OCONUS: Before, During and After, PCSgrades is here to help you to navigate the ins and outs of an OCONUS move from the minute your spouse walks in and yells “Kon’nichiwa!” or “Guten Tag!” to the time you land back stateside. When Part Read more about Moving OCONUS: A Guide For Military Families Part 3[…]