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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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 Read more about 8 Reasons to Use Your VA Home Loan Benefit[…]

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 Read more about Must Ask Questions For Your Prospective Mortgage Lender[…]

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

by: Rebecca Alwine, PCSGrades  Blogger Affiliate 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 Read more about Home Ownership and Taxes – A Q & A For Military Families[…]

The Amazing Benefits of Using the VA Home Loan

By Carla Olivo, PCSgrades Director of Strategic Communications 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 Read more about The Amazing Benefits of Using the VA Home Loan[…]

The Stress Free Way of Finding a Real Estate Agent for Your Next PCS

By Tony Straw, PCSgrades Co-Founder It’s time to relocate, AGAIN. You are getting all the details at your current location sewn up; packers, movers, last doctor appointments, school and medical records. You have researched your new area; the best restaurants, schools, an orthodontist for your pre-teen. Now it’s time for one of the most important Read more about The Stress Free Way of Finding a Real Estate Agent for Your Next PCS[…]

5 Things Veterans Need to Know When Buying a Home

  Article by: Amy Clements Military members and veterans move more than almost anyone else in the country. No doubt some of those moves involve the decision to buy a home; and what do we love the most when it comes to complex processes that involve high stress? That’s right, checklists. Here’s my checklist of Read more about 5 Things Veterans Need to Know When Buying a Home[…]