Do I Really Need a Realtor? The DIY Seller

By Rebecca Alwine, Army Spouse Military families are some of the best at saving money, especially when it comes to moving. But when attempting to sell your house, there are some things to consider before doing it yourself, becoming a DIY seller. Just as you wouldn’t perform surgery on yourself, there is a reason REALTORS® Read more about Do I Really Need a Realtor? The DIY Seller[…]

Rent VS Buy What Can You Afford?

By Carla Olivo, PCSgrades Director of Strategic Communications It’s often said that buying a home is the largest purchase most people will ever make. For military families who typically move every couple of years, the thought of making such a huge purchase and having to leave only a few years into home-ownership can be intimidating. Read more about Rent VS Buy What Can You Afford?[…]

Buying a Foreclosed Home – Is it Worth the Hassle?

By Rebecca Alwine, PCSgrades Blogger Affiliate You found a house, its perfect! Then you learn it is one of the stages of foreclosure. Should you continue pursuing it? Maybe cut and run? Is buying a foreclosed house really worth the hassle? There are several types of foreclosures, each with their own sets of advantages and Read more about Buying a Foreclosed Home – Is it Worth the Hassle?[…]

Run if your REALTOR® Says or Does THIS!

  By Carla Olivo, PCSGrades Strategic Communications Director Whether you are buying or selling your home, it can be a stressful process. Maybe your military orders require you to be at your new duty station earlier than first thought, so you are under the gun to sell. Maybe the housing inventory at your new duty Read more about Run if your REALTOR® Says or Does THIS![…]

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[…]

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[…]

Rent VS Buy Military Families Need to Weigh Their Options

By Carla Olivo, PCSgrades Director of Strategic Communications There are any number of reasons why in a given situation renting might be better than buying or vice versa. For military families, it might make more sense to buy at one duty station and then rent at the next. Up for consideration with each PCS is whether Read more about Rent VS Buy Military Families Need to Weigh Their Options[…]

Do I Really Need a Realtor if I’m Buying New?

By Rebecca Alwine, PCSgrades Blogger Affiliate The short answer, yes, you really do. Kate Christofides, a Realtor with Century 21 New Millennium in McLean, Virginia, says, without a doubt, you absolutely still need a realtor, even if you are buying new construction. There are several reasons to have your own Realtor. Here’s Why Representation – Read more about Do I Really Need a Realtor if I’m Buying New?[…]

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 Read more about Tips for Interviewing a Realtor[…]

THE One Stop Shop for your next PCS

By Rebecca Alwine, PCSgrades Blogger Affiliate 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 Read more about THE One Stop Shop for your next PCS[…]