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One of the benefits of being in the military is being able to use a Veterans Affairs (VA) loan to buy a home without a down payment. If you're thinking about buying a home, you need to look into this option! Think of it as one of the benefits you've earned in exchange for your service to our country.

The VA helps service members, Veterans and eligible surviving spouses become homeowners. Private lenders, such as banks and mortgage companies, provide VA home loans and the VA guarantees a portion of the loan, enabling the lender to provide the homebuyer with more favorable terms.

“To be eligible, you must have satisfactory credit, sufficient income to meet the expected monthly obligations, and a valid Certificate of Eligibility (COE),” according to

You’ve finally gotten your orders, and surprise: you’re transferring to Tampa, FL!

Oh no…Tampa, FL? It’s so far away from my family.

Here at PCSMoves.com, we're continuing a series of posts about potential new duty stations and how to get your family situated. We’re covering different areas, served by the nationwide network of real estate professionals that make up PCSMoves.com. Click here to read our entry on Bethesda, MD.

Tampa is a major city on the west coast of Florida, near the Gulf of Mexico. It had an estimated population of 377,165 in 2016.Several Fortune 1000 companies are headquartered here, including OSI Restaurant Partners, WellCare, TECO Energy, and Raymond James Financial. The area is also home to MacDill Air Force Base (MacDill

We’ve talked about the importance of having a hobby as a way to keep yourself busy during your spouse’s deployment. This week, we’re talking about another deployment project: becoming a dog rescue volunteer.

By becoming a rescue volunteer, you’ll help save the life of dogs in your community and meet new people. Your work might even turn into something you could add to a resume.

Not all rescue organizations work out of brick and mortar buildings, like local animal shelters, but the work remains the same. Those volunteers work out of their own homes, caring for the animals there. Typically, these groups begin because of a shared fondness of a particular breed, by those who have bred or owned it previously. Their missions are similar: to provide

You’ve finally gotten your orders, and surprise: you’re PCS'ing to Bethesda, MD!

Oh no…Bethesda, MD? Is there anything up there besides the hospital? I'm not medical personnel!

Here at PCSMoves.com, we're continuing a series of posts about potential new duty stations and how to get your family situated. We’re covering different areas, served by the nationwide network of real estate professionals that make up PCSMoves.com. Be sure to check out our last post about Fayetteville, NC.

Located north of Washington, D.C., Bethesda’s population was 63,374, according to the 2013 census. In 2014, it placed first on both Forbes' list of America's most educated small towns and Time's list of top-earning towns. It’s home to Walter Reed National Military

We’ve talked about the importance of having a hobby as a way to keep yourself busy during your spouse’s deployment. This week, we’re talking about another deployment project: cooking your way through an entire cookbook. Click here to read our last blog post about scanning all of your old photos.

Recipes are easy to come by these days. They’re in books, magazines, on Facebook, there are entire websites devoted to recipes, and you can get tried and true recipes from family members. But to make this project work, you’ve got to put yourself on a recipe diet: pick out one cookbook and stick with it, only cooking dishes that come from one book until you’ve made your way through its entirety.

If the idea sounds familiar to you, it’s how Julie Powell

Norfolk, VA held its 33rd annual “Grand Illumination Parade” on Saturday, Nov. 18. The illumination of the Downtown Norfolk skyline kicked off the festivities as Downtown Norfolk and Olde Towne Portsmouth celebrated the holidays as a community. Downtown Norfolk was enlivened by thousands of people filling the streets to experience the festive beginning of the holiday season, dazzled by spectacular floats, energetic marching bands, giant balloons, lively dancers, and even Santa himself.

The theme of the parade this year was, "From Sea to Shining Sea," acknowledging it as an official Norfolk Naval Station Centennial Event. The nautical theme was well represented. Capt. Rich McDaniel, Commanding Officer of Naval Station Norfolk, was this year’s Grand

You’ve finally gotten your orders, and surprise: you’re transferring to Fayetteville, NC!

Wait a minute…Fayetteville, NC? It’s smack dab in the middle of the state! Is there anything even remotely close to it?

Here at PCSMoves.com, we have an ongoing series of posts about potential new duty stations and how to get your family situated. Each month, we’ll cover different regions, served by the nationwide network of real estate professionals that make up PCSMoves.com. Click here to read our last post about Quantico, VA.

Fayetteville is best known for Fort Bragg, a major United States Army installation, best known for being the home of the 82nd Airborne Division, on the northwest side of the city. With an estimated population in 2013 of 210,533

You’ve finally gotten your orders, and surprise: you’re transferring to Quantico, VA!

Wait a minute…Quantico, VA? Is there anything up there except the FBI training grounds and some woods?

Here at PCSMoves.com, we have an ongoing series of posts about potential new duty stations and how to get your family situated. Each month, we cover different regions served by the nationwide network of real estate professionals that make up PCSMoves.com. Click here to read our last post about Montgomery, AL.

Quantico was formerly called Potomac. As of 2010, the population was 480. It’s bordered on three sides by Marine Corps Base (MCB) Quantico and by the Potomac River. MCB Quantico is the largest U.S. Marine Corps base, and it’s the site of the Marine Corps

Sometimes, depending on your circumstances, it might be easier to do your own PCS move instead of doing a military pack out. Also, if you’ve bought a new home and that’s the only reason for a move, you’ll be doing that move yourself.

But do you know the best tip for your own move? It’s this: share boxes! It’s good for the environment and it means not spending money on boxes or totes. It also saves time by not making trips to various grocery stores to see if they have free boxes. If you’ve moved enough, you know that never really works out anyway.

The trick is to start early with this venture. Check with the people at your or your spouse’s command to see who has recently moved, and get in touch with your Ombudsman. Also, find out if your command has

You’ve finally gotten your orders, and surprise: you’re transferring to Montgomery, AL!

Wait a minute…Montgomery, AL? Isn’t that the Deep South? The only things they have down there are sweet tea and grits, right?

Here at PCSMoves.com, we have an ongoing series of posts about potential new duty stations and how to get your family situated. Each month, we’ll cover different regions, served by the nationwide network of real estate professionals that make up PCSMoves.com. Click here to read our last post about Elizabeth City, NC.

Montgomery is the capital of Alabama. As of 2013, the population was listed at 201,332. In addition to many government agencies, Montgomery has a large military presence with Maxwell Air Force Base and the Gunter Annex