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What to Expect from the 2018 Housing Market in Northern Virginia

 By Carla Olivo, Director of Strategic Communications Buying a house when you know the military could move you at any time can be a gamble. But thousands of military families roll the dice each year and come out with an excellent investment. Purchasing, given the right circumstances, can be a great alternative to basing housing Read more about What to Expect from the 2018 Housing Market in Northern Virginia[…]

Our Top 4 Posts to Help You Decide Whether to Rent or Buy a Home

By Carla Olivo, PCSgrades Strategic Communications Director Decide Whether to Rent or Buy a Home Each time you PCS, the decision has to be made whether to live on-post/base or off. If you decide to live out in town, will you rent or buy? To help you with these choices, we put together a list Read more about Our Top 4 Posts to Help You Decide Whether to Rent or Buy a Home[…]

Things to Keep in Mind When Renting Off Post/Base

By Bobbi Pack, Army Spouse You decided that this time around you don’t want to live on post/base so you have made the decision to rent from a civilian company and/or landlord.  Totally understandable, many military families choose this route, in fact we did several times.  I don’t want to scare or overwhelm you, but there are Read more about Things to Keep in Mind When Renting Off Post/Base[…]

Staying Connected to your Duty Station when You Live Out in Town

By Julie Provost, National Guard Spouse When you live on post/base, you have easy access to so many different amenities to keep you connected to the military lifestyle. If you live off post/base, you are little further removed from the military experience. Some people love this, yet others, while enjoy living off, want to stay connected Read more about Staying Connected to your Duty Station when You Live Out in Town[…]

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[…]

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[…]

The Elusive Perfect Neighborhood

Article By Julie Provost The day has come. PCS orders have been issued. One of the very next steps that a military family will take is to start the search for a new home…..in the “perfect” neighborhood. Checklist for a “Perfect” Neighborhood Some mil families want to live on post while others prefer living out Read more about The Elusive Perfect Neighborhood[…]

10 Reasons Military Families Chose NOT to Live On Base

  Collaboration by our amazing PCSgrades Facebook Community! On Base or off?  It is a tough question military families face when they get military PCS orders to a new duty station. A lot goes into making that decision. What is best for the family? What are the schools like? How old is post housing? Is Read more about 10 Reasons Military Families Chose NOT to Live On Base[…]

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 Read more about The Weighting Game[…]

7 Ways to End Your Summer on a Positive Note After a PCS!

This article was provided by our friends at Spouselink, a free website for Military Spouses that was created to support, inform and inspire users with a variety of content–anything from pop culture to important Military information. The thing about summer is, as soon as the calendar reaches August it feels like the season’s already over… not just Read more about 7 Ways to End Your Summer on a Positive Note After a PCS![…]