Finding Joy in Your Duty Station

By Rheanna Christine, PCSgrades Blogger Affiliate We all know that in military life we don’t always get what we want. We face deployments that happen at inconvenient times, last minute TDYs, over-night shifts and the dreaded “not anywhere on my dream sheet” PCS location. Blogs all over the internet talk about the worst duty locations,[…]

I Hate Our New Duty Station!

By D’AntreseMcNeil, PCSgrades Blogger Affiliate I like to believe I am a pretty open person. I mean, you have to be as a military family, because you essentially never REALLY know where the military is going to place you every few years. With that said, I approach every new duty station with a positive outlook,[…]

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[…]

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 –[…]

Moving to Hampton Roads? What Military Families Need to Know!

  By Carla Olivo, PCSgrades Director of Strategic Communications So you are headed to Hampton Roads! The Hampton Roads area, often called “military-centric” is the birthplace of Colonial America and has the largest concentration of military installations of any metro area in the world. Nearly a fourth of the nation’s active-duty military personnel are stationed[…]

Your Next PCS Doesn’t Have To Be A Disaster

By Carla Olivo, PCSgrades Director of Strategic Communications Let’s face it; no matter how often you do it, moving is stressful. Having all your worldly goods packed up and hauled away wears on the best nerves. Saying goodbye to family and friends, leaving your favorite book club or bunco group, having to part with the[…]

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[…]

3 Words That Change Everything in a Military House

  By Carla Olivo, PCSgrades Stategic Communications Director “We’ve got orders.” Three very powerful words that can be good news or dreaded news for a military family. My husband usually didn’t even have to say it. I just knew by the look on his face. It was time to move….again. I have to admit. Most of[…]

Costly PCS Blunders! One Military Family’s Tale

By D’Antrese McNeil PCSing can be one of the most stressful, unnerving, and sometimes even fun experiences a military family can go through. But one thing’s for sure, they always cost you real money. For the most part, the expenses associated with moving are supposed to be “covered”, but we all know it doesn’t always[…]

5 Tips for PCSing with Kids

By Rheanna Christine After months and months, you’ve finally gotten an almost definite date for your PCS. It might actually happen soon, and now you mentally begin to prepare for packing your three kids into a car and heading from one side of the country to another. PCSing with Kids A PCS can be a[…]