Wow! I know you must be thinking that I am a sage. Maybe clairvoyant. How do I know that you get really stressed out when PCS'ing? As if meeting the new First Sergeant or Commander isn't enough, you have to pack up your entire life, trust that the movers will not destroy half of your belongings, locate a new home in a hopefully good area, and ensure you are still performing at your highest level. Easy Peasy.
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So here we are again. I had a great weekend camping with friends and inevitably we ended up talking about real estate, the market, and buying homes. Our Fort Carson friend finally pulled the trigger this year on his first time home purchase. He had been renting for the past five years and initially was not certain if he should buy. Afterall, what about the state of the economy? What about Coronavirus, interest rates, the housing market, blah, blah, blah, blah. Guess what?! The housing market simply continues to climb. Homes get more expensive. Building materials go up. Prices rise.
Topics: PCS Military move VA Loan Housing predicitons ETS
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Barracks lawyers. E4 experts. They know everything about the VA loan you are looking to use. Maybe you just google it and wind up with the big nationwide company that does not have your best interest in mind and they end up charging you an extra 10k in closing costs. Why so much confusion? While VA loans do have changing regulations....big surprise....the actual guidelines really do not change, so here you go....unravel the myths and educate yourself!
Topics: PCS Military move VA Loan VA Loan Myths
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I can't tell you how many times in my over 20 years of real estate, I have heard a buyer tell me that they just want to wait for the market to slow down before they jump in. This crazy Covid pandemic is no different. Many thought that the market would slow to a snails pace and that we may even see prices drop, but that certainly was not the case! While the "experts" predicted a drop of 6%, we actually saw the highest price rise in a two month period since 1991.
Topics: PCS Military move VA Loan Housing predicitons
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As my husband and I sat and talked about our blog post for the day, we ended up marveling at the lack of information that is disseminated for military members when they PCS to a new base or post. When he was transferring from Fort Benning to Fort Carson, he was sorely lacking in resources and ended up not utilizing the many resources that would have made his PCS more smooth and efficient. His real estate agent was some rando he selected from the interweb, (obviously days before Veterans Housing Network) and the home he purchased remotely was not quite the charmer his agent described. Of course, most of this did not matter too much since he found himself in the sandbox for most of his time stationed at Fort Carson, but it sure would have been better if someone, anyone, would have made resources available to him. Let's face it, you need all the help you can get!
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So you have your orders in hand and you are ready to PCS or ETS. Isn't it grand? Depending on where your next duty station is, it could be wonderful or let's face it, it could be a move you are not looking forward to. No matter what your personal feelings on the move, we know that you need to streamline your life and make it simple.
Topics: PCS Military move Checklist
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What in the world is happening? You have orders and maybe you are in limbo waiting for the powers that be to figure out just exactly is going on with your PCS. Maybe you were the fortunate one who shipped your entire household of furniture before this happened and you have been sleeping on a cot. Maybe your lease expired and you were ready to purchase a home finally but are unsure of the future. Below is some time relative information provided by Military Times regarding Travel Restrictions still in place.