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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]