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[…]

Hmmm….Conventional Loan vs VA Home Loan?

By Carla Olivo, PCSgrades Director of Strategic Communications Conventional Loan vs VA Home Loan It might seem a no brainer for those eligible to use the VA Home Loan benefit but deciding which home loan is best for you depends on several key factors. Who can use a Conventional Loan? Anyone who can meet the Read more about Hmmm….Conventional Loan vs VA Home Loan?[…]

What to Expect from the 2018 Housing Market in Hampton Roads

By Carla Olivo, USMC Spouse Moving every couple of years per the military lifestyle can intimidate anyone out of buying a house. Yes, it can be a gamble, but thousands of mil-families roll the dice so to speak and come out with a really good investment. We bought three homes during my husband’s military career, Read more about What to Expect from the 2018 Housing Market in Hampton Roads[…]

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?[…]

Do’s & Don’ts Before Buying a House

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[…]