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Orders come in and now is the time to start figuring out your plan for housing. If buying a house is in your future, your very first decision should be finding a real estate professional to help guide you through the process. For people who serve in the military, this is especially critical because you are often moving from one state to another, and the process and contracts can vary widely.

The most important thing to know about real estate agents is that you have a choice. You can ask for recommendations from friends or family, you can read online reviews, but at the end of the day it important that you make time to have a few conversations and interviews with the agents that might best be able to serve you. Ask questions, find out more about

You may not be in the home you purchase for the long haul, but buying a home as a service member can help build your wealth and give you a great place to make memories at your duty station. Here are some important tips for getting started in the home buying process.

1. Find an agent you can trust.

Ask around and talk to friends. Chances are you know a military friendly real estate agent already. Don’t be afraid to look around and talk to a few agents before choosing someone to work with. You need someone who can help navigate the unique challenges of a military move, so be sure to find someone with plenty of experience working with military folks.

2. Know your budget.

Shop around for a mortgage company that works with VA loans, the more

Living the military lifestyle can be fairly nomadic, and it can have you living in environments you weren’t expecting. What if hot summer temperatures are a new thing to you? How are you going to get through these next few months?

The given way of being safe and comfortable is to stay hydrated and be indoors during the peak sun hours.

However, even the inside can get warm and uncomfortable. If you don't have air conditioning, here are five unconventional ways to stay cool this summer, from Katy Galimberti at AccuWeather.com.

1. Load up on spices.

While it may sound strange, eating spicy foods can cool your body down. The heat of a spicy dish will make you sweat and, in turn, cool you off naturally.

If that sounds too extreme, Nancy

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As a military family, you’ll probably move a few times during your career, either from one local home to another or to a different base, a couple states away. Some of that will depend on your personal preferences on relocation, as well as the needs of your military branch and your rate, and the nearby commands at which you could be stationed.

Your first military move could be the first truly stressful thing you experience as a military spouse. But, with the right amount of pre-planning, there are ways to get through your first PCS move like a seasoned pro.

1. Know your schedule, in advance.

Once you know when your PCS packers and movers will be arriving, make sure you aren’t dealing with them on your own. Find a family member or a good friend

You’ve finally gotten your orders, and surprise: you’re transferring to Silver Spring, MD!

Oh no…Silver Spring, MD? That’s just north of Washington, DC and all its traffic! Am I going to have to move my family into the city?

PCSMoves.com is doing a series of posts about potential new duty stations and how to get your family situated. Click here to read our last post about Bremerton, WA. 

Silver Spring is in Montgomery County, MD. The 2013 population was 76,716, making it the fourth most populous place in Maryland. It’s home to the Forest Glen Annex, a U.S. Army installation. It’s also just 20-30 minutes north of the heart of Washington, DC, making it close to Fort McNair Army Base, the Pentagon, Walter Reed Medical Center, the Coast Guard

You’ve finally gotten your orders, and surprise: you’re transferring to the Minneapolis/Saint Paul region!

Oh no…Minnesota? That's almost to Canada, right? Doesn't it get really cold up there?

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 Hampton Roads.

The area is commonly known as the Twin Cities after its two largest cities: Minneapolis, the most populous city in the state, and Saint Paul, the state capital. They're considered twin cities because of their geographical proximity. Minnesotans living outside of

Congratulations! It’s time to start your well-earned retirement from the military! Now the big question is this: do you want to stay where you are or move and get a fresh start? Do you want to move back home or somewhere entirely new?

If your potential move won’t be based on finances, a good choice might be an area that you know the best and have a good support system waiting.

There’s nothing like the ability to move back home to friends, family and everything familiar, especially if you haven’t been there for a while.

Maybe you’re of the mindset that home is wherever you make it. Your original home might not be calling to you, so it’s your time to put down some new roots. So how do you decide where to go? Throw a dart at a map? Look for another

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

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 part 1 of our entry on entry on Hampton Roads.

Depending on the time of year, a move to Hampton Roads may afford you and your family something you didn’t expect while you look for a new home. If you’ve brought a camper with you on this trip, there are places you can set up your own temporary home. Whether you’re looking for the sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean or a restful evening in the woods, you can

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

Oh no…Hampton Roads? Isn’t that nine different cities mushed together with a bunch of interstates?

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 Providence, RI.

Hampton Roads is the name of the metropolitan region in Southeastern Virginia and Northeastern North Carolina. Hampton Roads is comprised of Williamsburg, Poquoson, Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Newport News, Hampton, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, and Suffolk metropolitan areas of

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