Tips for Interviewing a Realtor

By Julie Provost A few years ago we decided to buy our first home. We used my husband’s VA loan, and we were able to find a nice house near where we were stationed at Fort Campbell. Having never bought a home before, the process was very new but went well, and I think having[…]

THE One Stop Shop for your next PCS

By Rebecca Alwine So often in this military life, we rely on those who have gone before us to get us through the next hurdle. Gone are the days that you arrive at a new duty station and then start learning about it. Luckily, PCSgrades has taken this mantra and created a one stop shop[…]

8 Reasons to Use Your VA Home Loan Benefit

By Carla Olivo, PCSgrades Stategic Communications Director One of the most widely used perks of the military life is the VA Home Loan.  In 2016, the Veterans Administration guaranteed over 700,000 home loans. While the VA loan is not always the better deal, there are some very compelling reasons to use this great benefit! No Down[…]

Must Ask Questions For Your Prospective Mortgage Lender

    By Amy Stuhr Paterson Getting a home loan can be a complicated proposition with its own unique vocabulary and crazy acronyms! “Points”…”closing costs”…”ARM (Adjustable rate mortgage)”…”APR (Annual percentage rate)”…It’s almost as bad as the military! And while potential home buyers often concentrate on finding a REALTOR® and starting their search, locating the right[…]

Home Ownership and Taxes – A Q & A For Military Families

by: Rebecca Alwine Its tax season and with the headache of gathering paperwork, comes a sense of satisfaction each time you can find a new deduction. Plus, it’s a good distraction for those of us doing the PCS limbo or those of us who just moved somewhere new and are trying to meet people. So,[…]

The Amazing Benefits of Using the VA Home Loan

By Carla Olivo Last year alone over 700,000 home loans were guaranteed by the Veterans Administration. Since this veteran benefit was created more than 70 years ago, some 22 million veterans have taken advantage of all the VA Home Loan has to offer. Zero $$$$ Down! There are many benefits to purchasing a home using[…]

T’was the Night before Christmas (and a PCS)

  T’ was the night before Christmas (and a PCS), When all through the base house, Not a soldier or Marine was stirring, not even a mil-spouse. The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes that the packers would not soon be there. The children were nestled all snug in their beds,[…]

The Weighting Game

Article by: Rebecca Alwine You’ve received your orders and now it’s time to weigh your housing options for the next duty station. There are several things to consider when making this all important decision. Let’s start with this disclaimer: Each family is going to make their own priorities, for each move. Weigh Your Options There[…]

Moving to the D.C. Area? What Military Families Need to Know

Article by: Carla Olivo Maybe you’ve been able to avoid the assignment for several years, or have been dying to move to the area, but now the orders are official! You are headed to the Pentagon or another duty station in the National Capital Region where you can get all your Fitbit steps for the[…]

When Your House Makes You Unhappy, it’s Okay to Move

Article by: Tara O’Meara Receiving military PCS orders isn’t the only time military families move. Sometimes we move because the house we thought would be perfect wasn’t everything we had hoped for. Sometimes we move because our families expand and we feel a need to have more space. Sometimes we move because our neighborhood feels[…]