By Carla Olivo, Marine Spouse

Once those orders arrive, there is a mad dash to get on with your PCS. From searching for great neighborhoods and schools on PCSgrades.com, to deciding whether to live on-base or off, there is a lot to do! Download a military moving checklist. Get out your VA Loan Home calculator and your BAH calculators and take stock of your finances.  Another task is to begin the search for a realtor to help you in your quest for housing.

Military Moving & FINDING A REALTOR®

One of the biggest challenges is finding a Realtor who “gets” the military lifestyle. You want your Realtor to understand you might have to rent or buy sight unseen or you need a decent resale opportunity as you won’t be in the area more than 2-3 years.

To help you in knowing what to look for, we put together a list of our top articles to help you find the perfect fit.

#1 DO I REALLY NEED A REALTOR? THE DIY SELLER     

Let’s face it, we’ve all been tempted to try to sell our homes ourselves. And some have done it very successfully to be sure. But not every situation is ideal for trying to go the DIY route. This article highlights some things to consider before deciding to do it yourself.

#2 DO I REALLY NEED A REALTOR IF I’M BUYING NEW?    

Buying a new house sounds great! The idea of moving into a space that has never had someone living in it before is very tempting. But buying new can sometimes present a whole different list of questions and concerns. At the top of the list is whether you actually need a realtor to go ahead with the purchase.

#3 TIPS FOR INTERVIEWING A REALTOR   

There are so many factors that go into finding just the right person to help you with your house hunt. Do they understand that you only have two days to find a house? Do you mesh well with your prospective realtor? Do they know the local area inside and out? Do they have experience with the VA Home Loan?

#4 RUN IF YOUR REALTOR SAYS OR DOES THIS!   

Whether you are a first-time home buyer, a DIY seller, or plan to buy brand new, the realtor you hire to help in the process can make or break your experience. From lackluster photos of your home to promising to sell your home way above the going rate, there are some warning signs that you need to be aware of.

We are always updating our content library with the latest resources to make your military moving, house hunting, neighborhood search, and relocation in general, go as smooth as possible.

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Carla Olivo has garnered numerous TV industry awards including the Associated Press award for Spot News Reporting, News Writing, Enterprise Reporting, and Documentary Reporting. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, a retired USMC Lt. Colonel and their two children.

Carla Olivo

PCSgrades Director of Strategic Communications