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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

The Atlantic hurricane season is June 1-November 30. Now is the time to start planning for possible storms. If you wait until a hurricane is coming, you might only have a day or two to get ready. Many disasters allow no time for people to gather even the most necessities, which is why planning is essential, especially if this is your first time living in an area prone to hurricanes.

Know what your spouse’s command expects to do.

If your active-duty Navy spouse is on sea-duty, don’t expect him or her to remain at home with you during the storm. Your spouse may have to go underway before the storm even arrives. Navy Fleet Forces Command relies on the weather forecast to know where ships can safely avoid a storm and whether it is better for ships to

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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

Getting information about where you are moving to is important for anyone, but it is ESPECIALLY important to military families. They move often, and they mostly relocate or PCS with a fairly tight schedule. One of the things that can help families the most with their moves is a list of a few REALLY good sources of information that will save them a bunch of time!

So here are a few of our favorites at PCSmoves.com. We are not affiliated with any of these sites. They simply have been the best sources of information that we have found.

GreatSchools.org - One of the first things on a relocating family's mind is schools. Using GreatSchools.org, you can find a veritable treasure trove of information about schools in any given area of the country. They

PCSmoves.com would like to congratulate The Real Estate Group on the recent announcement that they won the “Balloonatic Award” for the Grand Illumnation Parade. On December 10, we shared a network news article about the Hampton Roads brokerage and their participation in the Grand Illumination Parade in Norfolk, Virginia as they proudly walked the Blue Angels Jet Balloon through the city streets. 

A huge military area, Hampton Roads encompasses seven cities in the coastal Virginia region. Every year thousands gather to watch the skyline of the port city as the holiday lights are turned on. Directly after the lights start twinkling, a parade winds its way from through downtown. 

Awards are given every year for a few of the groups marching in the

By planning ahead, you can find a neighborhood that works for you and your family. One of the best ways to find your perfect neighborhood when you PCS is choosing a real estate agent that understand the community as well as the needs of military families. 

Of course, if you have children, considering schools is a major part of choosing the right neighborhood. Researching schools can be a great place to start. For others, living near certain amenities is most important. 

For military families, a strong support system is vital, so it is important to find a friendly, close-knit community that can offer help and support as needed. If your real estate agent is experienced, he or she will be able to tell you details about the environment and atmosphere of

1.One of the easiest ways for a PCS move on a budget is to put a plan into place. Planning ahead can save you both time and money in the long run. Researching your new location can also be a great way to save money.

2. Decide as soon as possible if you will have a do-it-yourself move, partial military move or full military move. If you choose to schedule a military move, be sure you don't go over the weight allowance for the move. 

3. Take the opportunity to go through your old things. Sell things you don't need for extra cash you can use toward the move. 

4. Early real estate planning can make moving more affordable. If you know which home you will be moving to, you can save money on hotel costs waiting for home preparations. 

5. Be sure to